Doomben plays host to the final Saturday of the 2015/16 season where the track as of Friday is rated a Good 4. Fine weather is forecast so no changes to the track state will be seen. The rail is out 3.5m.
Viva Espana (5) has been racing very well since coming to Queensland. She finished off strongly last start over the 3200m in the Queensland Cup to run 3rd. However it’s the 2 runs prior that have her well placed here. Both were over 2200m and saw her hit the line with gusto to finish 2nd by just 0.2 of a length. She’s drawn wide but will settle towards the rear and will look to capitalise in the straight when the rest are tiring.
Rednav (1) has won his past 2 starts which were the Grafton Cup Prelude and the Grafton Cup. Obviously racing in top form and this is easier but rises to 59kg.
Brave Ali (2) hasn’t won for 2 years but will find this easier than what he’s been competing in. Will look to dictate terms in front and if left alone could jag a win.
Super Force (7) is up in class but has been racing ok. Won 2 starts back over 1800m and was never on the track last time out over 2200m when finishing 3.7 lengths from the winner.
Hi Son (2) hasn’t won for nearly 2 years but is more than capable of winning this race. He has been competitive against much stronger opposition to this recently and with Josh Oliver’s 3kg claim, gets in nicely at the weights. I was originally concerned about the wide gate but the scratchings have helped out there and he should be able to race in a prominent position and be at the strong at the end.
Brazen Moss (7) finally got the win last start when claiming victory here over 1640m. This is harder but racing well enough to be considered.
The Iliad (10) has put in some good efforts recently. Didn’t handle the heavy Eagle Farm track last start but was very good 2 starts back when just missing the win. Blinkers go back on and will be handy in the run.
Best Case (1) hasn’t won for a long time and recent form has been poor but this isn’t the strongest race and might be just what he needs to reclaim some past glory.
Red Handle (7) looks to have come back this preparation in fine style. She won a trial by 6 lengths before putting the sword to a maiden field at Ipswich 1st up. I liked the way she found the line that day after sitting outside the lead. She’ll take improvement from that run and it’s certainly a positive that Jimmy Byrne is in the saddle. She has the early speed to be able to find a prominent spot.
French Jet (5) won with ease on debut at Toowoomba. This is harder but has drawn well and will race in a forward position.
Zumikon (2) broke his maiden at Grafton by 3.8 lengths and followed it up with a win there last start. This is tougher and has drawn wide but is racing in good heart at the moment.
O’Reilly Cyrus (13) won here on debut over this trip in fine style before an ok effort in the Karaka Millions. Resumes here and has drawn wide.
This is a really tricky race. I’m going with Alpha Beat (6) who is having his 1st run for David Vandyke. He has trialled nicely at the Sunshine Coast leading into this and did win 1st up last preparation when defeating El Sasso. This is a quality galloper who has performed well in stronger races in the past. There looks to be a reasonable amount of speed here which will suit his style. Ron Goltz will be able to settle midfield and strike when the others are tiring.
Beckham (4) has been racing in top form recently. Won over this trip here 4 starts back and also won at Eagle Farm last start. Drawn the outside gate and potentially could be caught wide. If gets some luck will be right in the finish.
Where’s Thatdragon (9) resumed last start with a win in the heavy going at Eagle Farm. She won the start before a spell. This is harder but has drawn well and will race in a prominent position.
Saluter (2) can be forgiven for failing last start on the wet Eagle Farm track. Previous form was very good. Will appreciate the dry track here but has drawn wide. Jockey has poor winning strike rate.
Arena Salon (12) should be ready to produce his best here 3rd up. He resumed quite well behind Hi I’m Back who has won again at the midweeks. He then raced wide at Grafton and expectedly weakened late. He now gets out to his best distance where he has won 3 of 4 and placed 2nd in the other. From barrier 3 Josh Oliver should be able to give him every chance with a sweet run. Gets in with just 52kg after the claim.
Action Button (17) returns to Queensland after racing in Sydney. He’s had 2 solid runs down there so should be right to go here. Drawn well for Jeff Lloyd.
Old Habits (15) has been competing in tougher races than this without luck and can certainly show up here.
Shipwrecked (19) won last start here over this trip. This is a step up in class but has shown ability in the past and will get a great run for Jimmy Byrne.
Rhyme Nor Rhythm (9) has looked a nice type in all of it’s 3 starts. He won by 6 lengths on debut at Toowoomba before being put out for a short spell. He’s come back in good order with a hard fought win at Toowoomba over 1000m followed by a fast finishing 3rd at Ipswich over 1200m. He raced wide that day so really wasn’t entitled to show so much toe in the run home. He’ll be further improved here and will get a great run from barrier 1 for Brad Stewart. There looks to be plenty of speed engaged here which will enable Stewart to take a sit just off it before charging to the line.
Slydini (1) is having his 1st start for Bryan Guy after doing his racing in Sydney with Joe Pride. Best results have been on wet tracks but has been competing well in stronger races than so can certainly feature.
Little Capri (4) showed plenty of fight last start here over 1200m when finishing 2nd to Rough Eddie. He led clearly at a strong speed and was only run down late. Will probably try to adopt similar tactics here.
Flo Jo Snip (10) has drawn well and will use her early speed to race in a forward position. Been racing well at the midweeks and performed ok 2 starts back when taking on Saturday racing. Will give them something to catch.
Madotti (10) is on the quick back up after finishing a narrow 2nd to Colinelle here last week over 1200m. Madotti rises 1kg in weight while Colinelle goes up 4.5kg which is a significant weight difference. She should be reaching peak fitness now at her 4th run this time in. Last preparation she won the Vo Rogue when 4th up. There looks to be quite a bit of speed in the race which will help her cause. Jimmy Byrne can sit midfield before finding the line strongly.
Most Important (2) can be forgiven for failing as favourite last start on the bog track at Eagle Farm. Her 1st up run showed he had come back in good order. He raced very well in the better 3 year old races last preparation and I expect him to be in the thick of things here. Will be prominent in the run.
Dylan’s Luck (7) has been racing in good form. Last start he showed plenty of ticker to fight on for 4th after going way too hard in front. Damian Browne takes the ride and I expect a much more patient ride.
Colinelle (5) won by 4 lengths when resuming in class 1 company before proving himself to be a quality steed when winning here last week. It was a strong win but I’m concerned that the quick back up and the extra 4.5kg may knock the lightly raced horse about.
Sagaronne (2) looked to have found the form last start that had been missing for a year. She was flying last year during the Winter Carnival which saw her win the Listed Phoenix and finish 2nd in the Group 1 J.J Atkins. Unfortunately for whatever reason things haven’t gone to plan since. That was until last start in the Daybreak Lover where she finished strongly after being checked in the straight for 4th behind Sold For Song. While the 5 weeks between runs isn’t ideal, she looks to be back in form and her best would be too good for these. Jeff Lloyd can settle midfield and will be looking to finish the season on a high.
Mr Epic (1) is a ripping horse that puts in every time he races. Has come back this preparation in good style with wins in his 2 most recent runs. Has a great record over this distance and the 3kg claim helps. Wide draw could be problematic.
Legal Procedure (3) is a consistent fellow from Rockhampton that’s been racing in good form. Unfortunately Mr Epic seems to have his measure.
Ima Showman (9) caught the eye last start when finishing strongly over 1200m behind Colinelle. He’s on the quick back up and up 400m but it looks like it will suit given the way he has found the line.
Race 6 – Rhyme Nor Rhythm (9)
Race 7 – Madotti (10)