Doomben is the home of Brisbane racing this Saturday. The track is currently rated a Dead 5 Thursday afternoon and with showers predicted for Friday and Saturday I would doubt we’ll see much improvement on that. Fingers crossed that it does however. The rail is out 1.5m.
***Saturday morning track update: The track is rated a Dead 4 this morning. It looks like showers will hold off so a top racing surface should be on the cards.***
We start the day with the 2 year olds going over 1350m. Game Of Fame (4) has had the 2 career starts and has finished 2nd in both. Last start over 1300m at Eagle Farm she raced greenly from the 300m but was still finding the line. Jockey Jimmy Byrne should be able settle the horse midfield with relative ease from barrier 2. Blinkers go on for the first time which should really sharpen the horse up to break her maiden status. Other hopes to No Problem (1), Mishani Troy (2) and Shadowside (3).
Sparkling Sound (4) has drawn barrier 9 but there seems to be a lack of speed here which should see Chris Munce fire across and take a forward position. This has proved to be a winning formula for this horse in recent times. Last start here over this distance she went to the lead and was unchallenged in a 3 length win. Munce has won both races he’s ridden the horse. Other hopes to Surface Tension (5), Harbor Springs (11) and Mac’s Addiction (3).
The Storeman (2) is 2nd up here and has an imposing record under those circumstances. His 2nd up record is a perfect 3 from 3. He was caught 3 wide 1st up before hitting the lead in the straight and then wilting. It wasn’t a bad run given the circumstances and would have given the horse a good blow before attacking here. He races well over this distance with 3 wins from 6 starts. He hasn’t drawn as wide as last start here so I can see him either getting the lead or taking the box seat in 3rd. Other hopes to Star Sammy (1), Terms Of Trade (4) and Pure Purrfection (3).
We were on Casarati (8) last start when he put away a field of fellow 3 year olds over 1800m. He’s out of his own age group now but I’m sticking solid. He steps up to 2100m here but the way he finished off last start suggests that the extra 300m won’t worry him. He rises 1kg in the weights but that doesn’t look a great deal given the standard of opposition. Jimmy Byrne will be able to take up a midfield position before coming over the top in the straight. Other hopes to Smiles For Layla (6), Valerie D’Amour (4) and Taystar (10).
This looks a tough way to kick off the quadrella. For that reason I’ve looked for value and I’m going to have an each way bet on Shapin Lady (10). I get the feeling that if this horse gets things to go it’s way then it could give this race a shake. Last start it narrowly came 3rd after running 3 wide throughout. The start prior to that it jumped awkwardly before finishing just under 2 lengths off Heza Bobby Dazzler. Three starts back it won a class 2 with reasonable ease. Last campaign it also had form around Londehero and Queen Of The Lochs. Will race with just 52kg after the claim for Rikki Jamieson. If she jumps well then she should settle in the 1st half dozen. At the odds I think she’s worth an each way wager. Other hopes to Mishani Gladiator (4), Tisani Tomso (2) and Heza Bobby Dazzler (8).
Escoffier (8) has been racing really well since resuming 3 starts ago. He won 1st up before running 2nd in his next 2. Yes his prior racing has been over much longer trips than this but it’s quite possible that he’s come back a different horse this time in. There’s no doubting his form these past 3 runs around the 1300-1400m. To finish just behind Doctor David is hot form right now. He’s drawn barrier 5 so I can see Geoff Goold being about to box seat here to get a super run. Will prove hard to catch in the run home. Other hopes to Cracco (2), Pitt Street (1) and Buakaw (7).
I thought Bymonashee (8) was very good last start when finishing a half length off Tiger Tees over 1200m. He drew barrier 9 and never got on the track, racing 3 deep midfield. So to be in the finish after having that sort of tough run is a great effort. He draws barrier 5 here so Eddie Wilkinson should be able to get a much better run, preferably in the first 5 or so horses. He has a good record at the track and distance of a win and 3rd from 3 starts. Other hopes to Steel Zip (3), Doctor David (11) and Listen Son (1).
Final Crescendo (6) has come back from a break in terrific form. He won a class 2 1100m race when resuming by 1.8 lengths and then a BM80 over the same distance and track by 2 lengths. Going on that I believe he’s ready for Saturday city class. He draws ideally in barrier 4 to get a gun run for Tegan Harrison who will claim 1.5kg (54kg). The 1200m here will be right up his alley as shown by the fact he’s been in the quinella in 4 of 6 tries at the trip. Other hopes to Faith’n'courage (10), Just A Perla (3) and More Than Money (14)x.
Race 1 – Game Of Fame (4)
Race 2 – Sparkling Sound (4)
Race 4 – Casarati (8)
Race 8 – Final Crescendo (6)