Doomben hosts this Saturday’s racing where the track as of Friday is rated a Soft 7. The rail is out 5.5m. Showers are forecast again for Saturday so we could be racing on a heavy surface. It definitely won’t be better than soft.
***Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 7. Showers are a possibility throughout the day.***
I really wouldn’t encourage getting too involved here. Take some extra time and enjoy your lunch. I’ll put Fallen For You (7) on top with little confidence. She has the most experience of the field with 6 starts. She’s been in the placings in 4 of them. She weakened last start but was 21 days between runs so she should be fitter here. Drawn barrier 1 for Glen Colless, she should get every chance.
Gracefully Chic (8) improved 2nd up when finishing well for 2nd here. Admittedly her debut run was in Group 3 company. Should be further improved here.
Yeezy (4) put in a good showing last start at Ipswich when finishing 2nd. Showed speed and should take advantage of barrier 2 and give them something to catch.
Butter Toast (2) being out of a Zabeel mare will probably find this distance too short. However this isn’t the strongest field and could show up on a rain affected track.
The weekly distance race over 2200m has drawn a big field of 16. Outraged (2) has finished 2nd to Cramming in his past 2 starts. Last start over this trip he looked the winner until overtaken late. He was clearly in front of the rest of the field. It was 3 weeks between runs when going from 1800m to 2200m so he should have increased fitness this time around. Only goes up 1kg.
Kaiser Franz (5) has been improving since resuming 3 starts back. Should be ready to show something here. Drawn out but will get back and find the line.
Scotty Be Gotti (4) will appreciate being back in this grade. 2 starts back he ran on for 2nd in similar class.
Once Again (6) is a lightly raced gelding who could have more upside than most of these. Ran on well over 1666m last start at Ipswich. This is tougher but can show up.
Unfortunately what looked to be the good thing of the day Sheiswhatsheis has been scratched. I’ll put Adorabubble (1) on top. She has been racing in stronger company than this and has been competitive. Two starts back at the Gold Coast she wasn’t far off Tina Melina who is flying. She draws nicely here in barrier 3 and Beau Appo will give her every chance by taking up a prominent position.
Spirit Of Heaven (7) resumes here following a move from the Peter Moody stable to Desleigh Forster. May have find these a bit nippy 1st up but will be finding the line strongly.
Flight Academy (9) is another that will get back in the run. Has been finishing strongly at Ipswich recently with a number of close 2nds. Speed looks solid enough to give her a chance.
Awesome Sight (18) has been racing well in weaker company since resuming. Can go forward for Emma Ljung who claims 3kg. A wet track holds no fears.
Right Or Wrong (4) has been racing in ripping form since resuming. I can’t ignore that form and have to stick with him here. He’s won his last 2 starts quite commandingly. Last start over this trip here he settled worse than midfield before coming home over the top of them. He’s on the quick back up which leads me to believe the stable are really happy with how he is going.
Court’s Star (10) has been racing well but just coming up short. Last start he finished 2nd to Gold Horizon when coming home in the wrong part of the track. Will settle handy and be a major player again.
Gold Horizon (5) finished strongly to win over this trip last start. Meets Court’s Start 2kg worse at the weights. Will need some luck from the awkward barrier.
Oak ‘N’ Arthur (7) was well beaten by Right Or Wrong last start. Drops 6.5kg and will be running on. Won’t want to settle so back though.
Quick Ketch (3) was an impressive winner 1st up and I think he can repeat the dose here 2nd up. With a number of horses that like to go forward drawn out wide, the speed in the race should be willing. He’s drawn better here than last start and will be advantaged by the strong speed. Like last time, he’ll be storming to the winning post.
Redsson (4) was 2.1 lengths behind Quick Ketch when resuming. Will be improved 2nd up and will get a nice run from barrier 2. Can camp just off the speed before finding the line.
Global Red (11) has drawn wide which could be problematic. However I can’t ignore the monster effort he put in to finish a narrow 2nd to Quick Ketch.
Nieta (14) was impressive in a trial win and backed that up with a 4.5 length win at Ballina on debut. This is tougher but can make presence felt by racing in a forward position.
Kraftwerk (10) put in a strong showing when having his 1st start for Tony Gollan. He picked up late to find the line strongly to finish just behind Assertory in 3rd. He’ll be improved 2nd up here. He’s drawn out in barrier 12 but there doesn’t look to be a great deal of speed so Jim Byrne should be able to find a spot in the front half.
Mishani Stealth (4) finished off well last start off a 5 week breather. He’ll be fitter here and will get a nice run from barrier 3. Will appreciate racing over 1200m.
Profiler (7) won nicely here 2 starts back. Will race on the speed from the nice gate and could prove hard to run down.
So You Drink (13) the popular horse for those punting at the pub. He’s having his 1st start in QLD after winning last start at Sandown. Will be running on and doesn’t mind a wet track.
Saluter (2) has been freshened up after a disappointing effort in the Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast. Coming back to Doomben will certainly be too his liking as shown by his recent efforts in races like the Lough Neagh. He’s drawn well in barrier 2, will go forward and take some catching.
Lauterbrunnen (7) returned in super order with fast finishing 2nd over the unsuitable trip of 1110m. Out to 1350m 2nd up will be too his liking. He’ll be there to capitalise if they tire in front.
Steel Zip (1) was in ripping form late last year. He put in a good effort behind Buffering last start. Claim helps.
Timeless Prince (3) is on the quick backup after winning the Sunshine Coast Cup on Sunday. Has performed well in the past under similar circumstances however Sunday’s track was a heavy 10. That could take the wind out of his sails.
Heart Of A Warrior (2) was very good when resuming last start over this distance. He drew wide and had to do a bit of work early to find a spot near the front. He battled on well to finish 2nd. He’ll be improved here 2nd up and did win his only other 2nd up effort in the past. He’s drawn to get a great run just behind the speed. He’s up 4kg but is a horse that has shown promise.
Pearly Court (14) has been racing in good form recently. This is tougher but gets in with a postage stamp weight after the claim for Emma Ljung.
Bernitchy (4) won well 2nd up last start. He found the lead and fought on strongly. He’s drawn well here and can take up a forward position and may prove hard to catch.
Storm Siren (6) visits from NSW in good form. She won over this trip last start. Will be hoping the track really wet.
Race 4 – Right Or Wrong (4)
Race 5 – Quick Ketch (3)