Doomben has understandably been copping a hiding in recent weeks since the closure of Eagle Farm. Highlighting the vast difference between the 2 tracks is the fact that Doomben has been playing pretty well.
As at Thursday afternoon the track is rated a Good 3. There is a chance of showers Saturday but at this stage they do not look that likely. The rail is out 7.5m.
***Weather and Track Update Saturday morning: Plenty of cloud cover today. There is a slight chance of showers later this afternoon. Fingers crossed they stay away. Track rated a Good 3***
Recapping on last week it was a case of what might have been. Our best bet at Doomben was an all up on the 1st 3 or 4 races. Adorabubble $4.80 or so available in early markets, Hi Son $2.50 and Teronado $1.60 all saluted. It was then up to Gun Case as a raging favourite to bring the all up home. Unfortunately it couldn’t get the job done as it suffered an injury. Disappointing stuff. We also had 4 winners at Caulfield.
Our Boy Nicholas (2) should get us away to a winning start. This guy has been super since arriving from Sydney. He’s won all 3 starts in decent fashion. His last 2 starts have been here at this trip and on each occasion he has shown a turn of foot in the straight that has been unmatched by his rivals. Meets a similar field here and only goes up 1kg so quite rightly he has been installed as a short favourite. Other hopes to Itchintowin (8), Big Decision (3) and What About Me (6).
Solid Domani, Life At Sea and Dansolei ran 1st,2nd and 3rd last time they met. Solid Domani carries 2kg here and last time out the other 2 were taking ground off it at the end of the 1350m. I was on Life At Sea (at $17) then but I’m jumping ship to Dansolei (9) this time around. This filly missed the start quite badly last start and as a result raced well back. On straightening she really powered home and only went down by a narrow margin. With a better gate here and a better start, she’ll prove very hard to hold out. Other hopes to Life At Sea (1), Solid Domani (3) and Hijack Hussy (4).
There’s very few horses here that have form around this distance range. In fact a lot are stepping up to this trip and to be honest, look suspect. Jopa (6) is one horse that statement certainly doesn’t apply to. This guy simply loves the 1350m at Doomben. In 4 starts over the trip at the track he ‘s won 2 and placed 3rd in another. Last start he powered through the heavy going to win. He’s drawn barrier 5 which should enable Luke Tarrant to give him a great run. Tarrant claims 2kg leaving the horse with just 52kg to carry. Other hopes to Jefferson Park (4), Star Sammy (3) and Platinum State (7).
Joseph Pride won’t be bringing Diamond Oasis (8) up from Sydney for a hair cut. This guy is understandably a short quote and may only a multi inclusion prospect. He resumed last start with a win on heavy going at Randwick. His 2nd up record is a good one with a win and a 2nd from 3 starts. He has raced competitively in Group races. Barrier 4 should enable Glen Colless to give the horse a top run. He gets in with 54.5kg which is a treat when you have a look at the handicapper ratings and see that the top weight gives this guy 4.5kg and is 9 points worse. Other hopes to Senta De Noche (7), State Of The Wealth (5) and Ike’s Legacy (10).
There is speed aplenty in this 1050m scamper. I’m going with the Kris Lees trained Terra Amata (3). This mare has raced well since joining the Lees stable 2 starts ago. She resumed with a nose 2nd in the Kirby at Grafton before finishing 5th at Rosehill a bit over a month ago. On that occasion she was racing the boys and drops back to fillies and mares here. She also uncharacteristically lead so her gassing out late was forgivable and expected. From barrier 3 Yusuke Ichikawa who claims 3kg can take a sit behind the hot pace and finish off strongly. The freshen up and drop in distance will be to her liking. Other hopes to Shinji (12), Epsilon (8) and Shapin Lady (10).
Where’s a Hi Son when you need him? Gee this week’s distance race is a doozy. With little confidence I’m going with Uno Five (3). Since stepping up in distance this guy has really improved. He won last start over 2100m here which followed a 2nd over the same trip. These races are a deadset dartboard job and this guy offers some sort of consistency. James Orman claims 3kg which will be helpful to his cause. Other hopes to Lee Ho Fook (13), Red Cent (15) and Rock Musician (4). I wouldn’t be wasting too much time to be honest on this race.
Scarborough (3) has been finishing strongly since resuming 2 starts ago. Those were over 1300m and 1350m and he now rises to 1650m which he’ll appreciate. His record over the trip is 3 wins from 4. He’ll be able to settle a bit closer to the action than he has and gets a nice relief with apprentice Matt McGuren claiming 3kg. With a reasonable speed set, this guy will be steaming home. Other hopes to Tints (6), Bernitchy (8) and Forest Way (1).
Harada Bay (6) was terrific last start when finishing strongly for 3rd behind Jetset Lad and Saluter. It was 35 days between runs so for him to do what he did there was definitely an indicator to get on next start. He is relatively unknown at this trip but going by the way he finds the line at 1400m, I’m prepared to say he’ll like it. Races well at the track. Other hopes to Epic (1), Gangster’s Choice (8) and Trakstar (10).
Race 1 – Our Boy Nicholas (2)
Race 2 – Dansolei (9)
Race 4 – Diamond Oasis (8)
An all up of the 3 may be a better option given all 3 will start short.
Race 1 – Traveston Girl (6)
Race 2 – Livery (12)
Race 3 – Prince Of Penzance (3)
Race 4 – Chivalry (2)
Race 5 – Commanding Jewel (1)
Race 6 – Brazen Beau (2)
Race 7 – Dissident (9)
Race 8 – Charlie Boy (11)
Race 9 – Our Hand Of Faith (13)
Race 1 – Sensualism (6)
Race 2 – Cocktail Time (5)
Race 3 – Turquoise King (5)
Race 4 – Ninth Legion (2)
Race 5 – Greatwood (5)
Race 6 – Catkins (1)
Race 7 – Hallowed Crown (3)
Race 8 – Reflectance (5)