We return to Doomben for another crack after last Saturday’s meeting was abandoned due to the big wet. We have 9 races to sink our teeth into.
As of Thursday, the track is rated a Soft 5. There is a slight chance of showers between now and Saturday. I think we’ll be looking at a good 4/soft 5 track by kick off. The rail is out 0.5m.
Track and Weather Update Saturday morning: The track is rated a Soft 5. There is the possibility of showers but hopefully there’s not too much to them.
We get things started with the 2 year olds over 1050m. It appears to be a competitive race. I’m going with the Bruce Brown trained Lujac (3). This guy has had the 3 career starts and has placed 3rd in each of them. Last start here he finished 1.8 lengths back from a couple of handy types. He appeared to be doing it fairly easily at the end which suggests he has improvement. From barrier 5 Ryan Wiggins has the ability to get the horse in a handy position. In his 4th start he should be close to winning. Other hopes to Mishani Di Caprio (1), Capitanear (2) and Man Of His Word (7).
Best Of The Rest (1) has had 2 starts for Tony Gollan since coming north and won them both. He rises to 59kg here but he’s looked head and shoulders above the other distance horses going around in Brisbane at the moment. While the 3kg rise is a slight worry, it may just give us a better price. He’ll be able to roll forward from barrier 6 for Jimmy Byrne as he has done in his previous couple of races. Other hopes to Vodnik (4), Frightening Bolt (5) and Anton En Avant (3).
We were all chuffed to see Blackboard Special (14) put it together last start after some roguish behaviour in previous starts. I think it’s onwards and upwards for this guy. From barrier 5 Mick Cahill will be able to give him a nice run behind what should be a fairly willing speed. As we saw last start he’ll be hard charging to the line and hopefully victory. Other hopes to Vienna Queen (11), Florida Fellow (6) and Jefferson Park (2).
Wow this race isn’t easy to work out. It was much easier to find reasons why horses couldn’t win than to confidently say one had a better chance than the others. I’m not fussed about the price but I’m going to put Pienkna (4) on top. This filly looked a really nice type when easily winning her 1st two starts in Brisbane. She defeated Soldi Domani and Hijack Hussy in those races which is obviously very good form. She then went to Melbourne and competed against the better 3 years olds and while finishing a fair distance from them did have excuses. She’s drawn barrier 12 for Tegan Harrison and will need to motor early to cross them. I think she’s capable of it. Other hopes to Lady Jetsetter (3), Divine Service (2) and Goldie’s Image (6).
Amizade (1) resumes here and looks to get the favours from barrier 1. Last campaign she was never out of the placings and won twice at this track and trip. From barrier 1 Bridget Grylls will be able go forward and most likely lead. That will make her tough to beat. She has a great fresh record. Other hopes to Hazard Bay (3), Board Director (5) and Italian Storm (7).
Rocket To Glory (3) will be able to lead here reasonably comfortably from barrier 4 for Tegan Harrison. That should make him a difficult proposition to run down. He resumes here after a 84 day break and while only winning 1 of 6 1st up runs, he has finished 2nd in 2 others. His form last campaign was very good and included wins over The Storeman and Rudy. Other hopes to Morning Captain (1), Excellantes (2) and Living On A Prayer (8).
There should be a decent amount of speed here which will help the chances of Miss Cover Girl (16). She resumes here and takes on older horses for the first time. She’s won 5 of 8 so she should be up to it. She will settle back for Mick Cahill which is a little worrying at Doomben but she does have a blistering finish and as stated the speed should be sufficient to allow horses to run on. Other hopes to Gundy Command (3), Anna Lizzie (6) and Flamboyer (12).
Harada Bay (4) can be a frustrating horse with the way he’s forever running on. He’s been around the mark in his last 2 races with a 2nd and 3rd. I felt last start he was just getting into the race when entering the straight but was held up when trying to move out. The 3.5 lengths he was from the winner probably didn’t do him justice. He’ll settle back again but hopefully not too far back. With clear running he’ll be hard to hold out. Other hopes to Allknight Saint (6), Black Jet (7) and My Quilter (8).
They say you should stick with a mare in form and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing here with Diamond Fund (8). She took on the boys last start and made a mockery of them. She just happened to be a best bet of ours so it was even sweeter. She is going gangbusters at the moment and shoots for 5 straight wins. She draws barrier 5 for Bridget Grylls who claims 2kg which will help give the horse the run of the race just behind the leaders. Other hopes to Caellum (2), Siegfried (12) and Bodega Negra (10).
Tough day but I think these are a big show:
Race 2 – Best Of The Rest (1)
Race 3 – Blackboard Special (14)
Race 9 – Diamond Fund (8)