We kick off the new racing season at Doomben this Saturday. Reflecting on last season’s efforts, The Silk brained them in the first 6 months but felt the pinch in 2nd half. Fingers crossed we can get things off to a good start here.
The track is rated a Good 4 and with fine weather forecast over the coming days we should see an upgrade. The rail is in the true position.
The price doesn’t excite me but I have to stick with Honesta (5). We were on last start here where she found the line strongly to finish 3rd behind Shotacross The Bow. She drew wide that day but gets in closer here with barrier 4. That should see her race midfield and be in striking distance when entering the straight. She should be ready to rock n roll 3rd up.
Halls Creek (4) is the obvious danger. He’s finished just behind Honesta in their past 2 starts after not having the best of luck.
It’s hard to go past Satirical Lass (1) following her 5 length demolition job last start. She has drawn the outside gate but there doesn’t appear to be much speed in this race so she should be able to get across with relative ease to lead. She goes up in the weight but the 3kg for Alannah Fancourt helps. Again the price on offer isn’t fantastic but she should be winning.
Moon And The Stars (3) is in good form and drawn nicely.
Doula (5) has been in average form but gets in with very little weight after the claim.
Balmoral Baby (7) is up in class but comes into this on the back of a win.
Shotover River (2) won here over this trip last start and looks a winning chance again. Unlike last time he’s drawn close in with barrier 3. Luke Dittman who claims 3kg will be able to put the horse in a super position either in front or in the box seat with minimal fuss. If he can control the tempo then he’ll be awfully hard to hold out. He has a top record at the track and trip.
Freton (3) pushed Shotover River last time late to just miss out. This old stager is always competitive.
Kaiser Franz (9) won for us last time over this trip. It’s an up and coming stayer who can handle the class rise. Not sure he’s weight that well compared to previous 2 mentioned.
Holly Holy (7) has been in very consistent form lately. Won last start over the trip.
Honey Toast (4) has been racing in good form since resuming. I like his effort in finishing 2nd last start to Feltre when stepping up in class. He found the line that day despite having to be steadied when getting in the clear. He’s drawn barrier 11 which isn’t ideal but there seems to be a decent amount of speed in the race which will help his hard finish. Luke Dittman takes the ride and the 3kg claim gets him in with just 53kg.
L’Entrecote (3) has been consistent since resuming with some close finishes behind Feltre. Ran into trouble last start after drawing wide. Gets a better run here.
Lock’s Legend (1) will improve after his 1st up run. Very good 2nd up record.
Budget Bender (2) will get a good run and will be on the speed.
This is a mongrel of a race. There’s any number of chances here and the right move would be to move onto race 6 but where’s the fun there? I’m going with Katelette (9). She won nicely at Beaudesert 2 starts back and then finished strongly to just miss here last start. She’s drawn barrier 1 for Bridget Grylls which should see the horse get a great run behind a decent speed.
Lesley’s Choice (1) will be in this for a long way and may be too good for these. However I’m concerned about the 59kg and the wide gate.
Pandora Charm (6) won last start and gets weight relief.
Highly Geared (5) is racing well and last start effort in harder race puts it right in this.
It’s the boys turn to try to get a metro win here over 1110m.
Sony Legend (10) won easily last start in a class 3 here over 1200m by 3.3 lengths. He took the lead and just kept going. I’m hoping for a similar play here. He’s only a lightly raced 5 year old but he has won 4 of 7. He’ll do me.
***Among the plethora of scratchings is our top pick Sony Legend. Disappointing as I thought it was close to a stand out. I’ll promote Dantga (13) to top pick. It should get a sweet run in front now.***
Dantga (13) is undefeated in 3 starts. Will race on the speed and be in it for a long way.
Young Fun (5) has drawn well and has performed well in better races than this in the past.
Say I Won’t (3) is a sneaky hope at odds that has performed well up north.
Flight In Space (1) ran alright in the Kirby at Grafton and you’d think that is good enough for a race like this.
Suit (12) resumed 3 weeks ago after 434 days off the scene. He put in an excellent showing after such a long time to finish 2nd. He’ll take great benefit from that run and will be all the better 2nd up. He’s drawn barrier 3 for Jimmy Byrne which gives him every opportunity to get a sweet run. He’ll be hard to hold out.
Murder Of Crows (11) has changed stables and it will be interesting to see how they ride him. Formerly a get back, run on type which usually doesn’t suit Doomben. However strong form lines down south.
Zaha’s Ace (6) will go forward and give them something to catch. Races well here.
Jopa (3) was poor last start but can be forgiven for that. Has performed in better races than this.
Each time Feltre (1) has raced recently there has been a “test” for it. Each time he has made a mockery of that test. He’s been kind to us lately and I’m sticking with him here. Last start he stepped up to 1640m and won with 58kg. He drops back here to 1350m and will have to carry 59kg but I think he’s up to it. Ryan Wiggins will be able to give him a great run just behind the speed which should be solid if the last time Lucky Tom and Flamboyer met is anything to go by. Especially given they’ve both drawn wide and will want to go forward. Feltre is a horse in form and I don’t see why we should jump off now.
Lucky Tom (6) was heavily backed last start and almost pulled off a win. In good form but I’m concerned he may use a bit of gas finding the front.
Quick Snitzel (8) resumes for new stable and may need run. However class and a nice run from barrier 5 gives him a chance.
Lauterbrunnen (11) finished strongly for 3rd last start. If can settle closer from the better barrier then can be a player.
Race 1 – Honesta (5)
Race 2 – Satirical Lass (1)
Race 7 – Suit (12)