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Doomben Tips April 28 - best bets for Doomben on Saturday

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Doomben racing

Doomben Racecourse is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is one the smaller of Brisbane’s two metropolitan tracks. 


It is situated in the suburb of Ascot, approximately 7 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.

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Doomben Tips - April 28


Check back on Thursday, April 27, to see Saturday's best bets.

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April 21

Race 4. Entice Services Hcp (BM75) 1600m
Coming back in distance here, Savwell will appreciate the drop in trip after being found out last start. The 2200m journey proved a little too much for the Savabeel gelding who was in top form til then. A rapid climb through the grades saw him win a class 2 four starts back then jump straight to a class 5 race over 1350m at Ipswich, which he duly won by two lengths. Two starts back he was sent over the mile for the first time and finished third. His last start saw him jump to 2200m which proved beyond him at this point.

Back to the mile here and on a dry track where he has won three of four starts. He drops in class and is drawn ideally in gate two. Top hoop Damian Browne jumps aboard who ironically is two from two on the four-year-old. He will get back early but save valuable ground with a sit on the fence. Yet to miss a top three place over the mile and has won here over the trip, he shapes as the one to beat.

Race 7. QRIC Ascot Hcp (Open) 1200m
Unbeaten at the track and shaping up as remaining that way, Amanaat is in outstanding form of late and looks to have the measure of his rivals here. He was a winner first-up at Doomben off a three-month spell over 1110m on a wet track. That hit-out was his preparation for the Weetwood Hcp at Toowoomba two weeks later. Bobby El-Issa rode the four-year-old for the first time and steered him home to win by almost three lengths. 

El-Issa remains aboard here and while drawn wide there is very little early pace inside him which should allow him to cross without too many problems. His main dangers are drawn out wide as well. Speedmaps have him in front early, however it is possible that El-Issa will look for a sit early. All stats point to a victory here. Three from three at the track, three from four over the trip and four of his six starts on dry tracks resulted in victories as well. He looks the ticket.

Race 9. Countdown To Carnival (Class 6) Plate 1200m
Arguably the talk of the town on QLD tracks, the Kevin Kemp trained Mr Marbellouz is a very promising horse with a big future and with his resume it would be a massive risk to tip against him here. He has won six of his seven career races to date and is unbeaten this preparation as he has totally destroyed his opposition in recent racing. Three starts back, he put seven lengths on his class 3 opposition on this track. Then next up, his biggest test, he jumped to class 6 company which made no difference to the Love Conquers All gelding as he put four lengths on that field. Last start, he repeated the effort here and on a wet track, still ran the 1200m in 1.10.5.

This is a class horse in the making and drawing gate one here he looks just about impossible to beat. He only missed a start in the Weetwood Hcp due to his rating at the time which was a tragedy as the spectacle of seeing him up against Amanaat would have been worth the admission price alone. Unbeaten at the track and trip, jockey Jag Guthmann-Chester is three from three in the saddle and after his claim, he carries the same weight he carried to his last victory. He is the stand-out selection of the day. 


March 31

Race 1. Countdown to Carnival Hcp (BM80) 2220m
David Vandyke’s gelding Savwell is in outstanding form of late and lines up here looking hard to beat again. Climbing through the grades nicely, the Savabeel four-year-old won three on end, his last win being in class 5 company where he put two lengths on his rivals over 1350m at Ipswich. His latest effort was a respectable third placing here over the mile in class 6 company.

He climbs to 2220m today but his current form and racing style suggests it won’t be a big issue. Vandyke has made a major gear change and taken the blinkers off. It will of interest to see how he handles himself without them. Drawn perfectly on the fence, he should enjoy a nice sit behind the pace and again prove hard to beat in the run home.

Race 6. Michelle Elkin B’day Hcp (Open) 1050m
Another from the David Vandyke stables, Gracida is in impeccable form and looks to continue on his winning way here. The six-year-old stallion won all three of his starts last preparation with leading jockey Jeff Lloyd aboard. He was then spelled for six months and resumed with a close-up second to Beat Street at the Sunshine Coast over the 1000m sprint.

Yet to miss a top three spot when second-up, he lines up here in good company and jumping from gate one will be looking the winner at some stage. He has won six at the trip and had Jeff Lloyd aboard on four of those occasions. Lloyd remains aboard here and only bad luck appears to be the only thing to prevent another victory.

Race 8. BRC Merchandise Hcp (Open) 1350m
Yet another in-form runner today is the Chris Waller trained Fortensky who hasn’t finished out of the top two in all his six starts this campaign. Arriving from Sydney last month, the four-year-old was quick to impress with a victory at his QLD debut in a class 6 at Doomben. He then finished second to Dream Finnish at the Sunshine Coast, beaten a head. His latest effort was an eye catching second behind Niccanova on a wet Doomben track where he came from last on the turn.

He faces a bigger field here but no more difficult than his last run. He has also drawn well in gate four and with so much pace in the race, it gives leading jockey Robbie Fradd options as to where he will settle. The 1350m trip almost belongs to this guy with three wins and four minor prizes from his eight runs to his name. In his current mood and form, he will prove very hard to beat here.


March 24

Race 5. Mandate Hcp (Open) 2030m
Three starts into this preparation and up-and-coming stayer Stanley is now back to a more suitable distance and will be there at the finish. His first two starts this campaign were too short however they have strengthened him up nicely for this. His third start back was impressive when finishing third over the mile in a BM70 at the Sunshine Coast. He sat outside the leader and finished solidly to fall short by a long neck, carrying 61kgs.

He lines up here with those three starts behind him and leading rider Robbie Fradd in the saddle for his first ride on the Stratum gelding. He has won two of his three wet track races, finishing third in the other. The distance is ideal for him and the big tick comes in the form of his drop in weight. He drops 7kgs from his last run and on a rain affected track that will play a huge part in his performance. He represents outstanding value and is rated an each-way special.

Race 6. Mandate Colts, Geldings & Entires Hcp (Class 6) 1200m
The boom horse of QLD racing at the moment returns to the track here with the Kevin Kemp trained Mr Marbellouz looking for his fourth straight win to remain unbeaten this campaign. The Love Conquers All gelding is in exceptional form and looks near impossible to beat here. He has won his three starts this preparation so easily and his total winning margin supports this where he has put 14 lengths in total on his beaten rivals. 

He is two from two on rain affected tracks and meets similar graded company here. With Guthmann-Chester’s claim, he will carry just 54kgs which is right on the limit for the race and be a blessing in the forecasted wet conditions on the day. A winner of five of his six career starts, this is one very talented race horse and simply looks the winner again. Currently he is at very generous odds with the bagman.

Race 9. Mandate QTIS Three-Year-Old Hcp 1350m
A strong looking three-year-old from the Ben Currie stable, topweight Hang looks well placed in this field. A winner of his past four starts, the Clang gelding is in top form and very fit and takes on a similar class of horses to his last start. It was his win just prior to his recent spell that caught the eye the most. On a heavy Ipswich track, he came from near last on the turn to beat home his BM65 rivals that day while carting 60kgs. 

His first-up effort last start was full of merit and warranted listing as one of our horses to follow (March 10). He hits the line hard and if given any ground here it could win number five coming up. Winning jockey Michael Murphy retains the ride and after his claim the horse will carry just 1kg over the limit at 55kgs. Drawn nicely in gate seven and up against similar company, he looks the pick of the crop here.



March 10

Race 3. Paddyfest 2018 Plate (Class 6) 1600m
The lightly-raced Savwell looks ideally placed here to make it four on the trot. This very talented Savabeel gelding has impressed from day one and after winning his maiden by six lengths on a heavy Gold Coast track, showed just how much potential he possesses. Just two starts last campaign both led to victories. A class 1 over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast then a very impressive win in class 2 company at Doomben over the mile where he drew the outside gate (11) and carried 59kgs to victory.

He enjoyed a five-week freshen-up before his last start where he jumped from class 2 to class 5 company. Again drawing wide (10) he made it look easy, winning by two lengths over the shorter 1350m trip. He goes up another grade here meeting class 6 company but his recent efforts suggest this will be no hurdle for him. Ron Stewart remains aboard and he looks the pick of the crop here.


Race 7. Events at BRC Hcp (BM75) 1050m 
A big field faces the starter for this sprint and a wide draw is not ideal here. Yarrapower comes into this well drawn and as a track and distance winner. A solid win in class 3 company at the Sunshine Coast was followed by a close-up second behind Malvern Estate. He then over raced in the MM Country Cup when trying to lead all the way after jumping from the car park in gate 16. 

Going off his last start win over this trip puts him right in the mix. He has won two from three on heavy tracks so the conditions will suit him. Leading rider Jeff Lloyd remains aboard after leading him to victory last start. He jumps from gate five here and gets the chance to settle early without having to do too much from barrier rise. 
Winning form is good form and Yarrapower has what it takes to make back-to-back victories here.


Race 8. Blokes Day Out Raceday Hcp (1mw) 1200m
Backmarkers need to be wary of giving away too much start on the wet track here. Although drawn wide, Sunny Victory and Criquette both have good early gate speed and are expected to cross and lead this field. Since resuming from a five month break, Criquette has had just the three starts but has shown potential from his runs. Second-up, he won a class 3 at the Gold Coast over 1200m and covered the trip in 1.08.8 which is smart time in that grade. 

Last start saw him contend with a wet track and BM80 opposition where he finished a creditable second behind the smart Publishing Power. On that performance he more than measures up here and looks the one to beat.


Where To Bet On Doomben Races


Looking for some bonus bets to use on Saturday's racing? From 100% deposit matches to 333% bonuses on initial deposits, there is something for all kinds of punters, whether you like to place a big bets or prefer a small each-way wager.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes, who have the Odds Boost promotion running every day*, and CrownBet offer some of the best odds on Doomben racing. Or take advantage of the some of the bookmaker bonus bets currently available.

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What Bets To Place at Doomben Races


There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.


Doomben Race Track Description


Races are run in a clockwise direction, while the track is a turf track and is banked at varying degrees around the course proper. 

Front runners have a distinct advantage at Doomben, especially when the track is rain-affected.


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