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Doomben Tips March 25 - best bets for Doomben on Saturday

  • Best bets for Doomben each meeting.
Doomben racing

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

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

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Doomben Tips March 25

Race 2 - 12:45PM $60,000 QRIC EQUINE WELFARE PROGRAM OPEN Handicap (2200 METRES)

Week in week out these same plodding stayers go around - with only the weight variance making the difference. So we turn to that for guidance here and OUTRAGED is served best at the weights this time. Was beaten 3 lengths by Morendi last start but it's his turn now and he meets him 2kg better tghis time around.

Race 7 - 4:02PM $60,000 SOUTHERN SHEET & COIL OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)

Again, exactly the same principle as above applies here. Same useful sprinters squaring off against one another yet again and so to the weight scale we turn. This time we find FLAMBOYER is best served. And to help him further, his barrier draw makes him very likeable in this.

Race 8 - 4:40PM $60,000 AUSTACK SADDLERY PRODUCE No Metro Wins Handicap (1350 METRES)

They could not have programmed a harder race to get out on than this one. There seems about 400 genuine chances in it. I think, however, at the weights and the barriers, that MOTION GRANTED, who is in sparkling form also, appeals the most. Drew 13 but with all the reserves probably coming out, he steps from much closer and on this bog that should be all he needs.

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March 11

Race 1 - 12:17PM $60,000 POWERING THE HAPPY! OPEN Handicap (2200 METRES)

Tough, even bunch of stayers here. Old Instramentalist is best horse, but is aged and out of form. EXPLOSIVE ONE came with a withering run when up in grade and not expected to be competitive last start, to win. If he repeats that, at the weights, he wins again. Morendi is always thereabouts in these type of events.

Race 6 - 3:27PM $60,000 SKY THOROUGHBRED CENTRAL OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)

Good solid field of fledgling open graders. Rudy is the best horse but has big weight and is resuming. Will get back and run on strongly late for about third. Jopa is talented and now third up is very fit. But in both his runs this time up, SEIGFRIED has comfortably beaten him to the line. And horses just get a sense when they can beat another horse. I think he'll prove too tough here for Jopa down the running.

Race 8 - 4:50PM $60,000 GIDDY UP CLUB Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)

Very strong Class 6 to finish the day with plenty having winning hopes. I liked COURTZA KING when he raced in Sydney and he seems to have found a home and purpose in Queensland. He won an easier race rather impressively last start and with no weight on his back here, he can rattle home late and defy Fortini.

February 25

Race 1 - 12:32PM $60,000 RBWH FOUNDATION QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1350 METRES)

Can't go past RUBY RED HEART here. Her trainer John Zielke makes no secret of the fact he believes she's the best horse he's ever put a bridle on and as such she was backed as if unbeatable on debut and duly won quite comfortably. This is a fair bit harder but gee whiz - $40k first prize money plus $24k for the QTIS bonus - he deserves to have her in here and she should salute.

Race 5 - 3:02PM $60,000 BETFAIRY OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)

This bloke CYLINDER BEACH is just a genuine, tough-as-nails racehorse who just puts in every start. Has the grandstand to carry here but he's in form. Only concern is that he may get a little too far back but Jimmy Byrne rides this track so well and this bloke has a very strong record over this trip. Bound to be launching late.

Race 8 - 5:02PM $60,000 BLOKES DAY OUT BenchMark 75 Handicap (1350 METRES)

Very tough race to end the day on. Lots of genuine hopes but a number of them have drawn awkwardly too. Which is why I'm on I AM THE SCULPTOR in this. He's talented enough to make his way through the grades and although this is toughest assignment to date, he's fit and in great form. Jeff Lloyd on board and being drawn handily enough to get cover and a nice run, make him the tip.

February 11

Race 5 - 2:17PM $60,000 SITE PRO 1 Colts, Geldings and Entires No Metro Wins Handicap (1350 METRES)

The conditions of this race make it interesting. Horses can be any grade - out of town - they just can’t have won in the city. So the ones with form closest to city form are the pees. And I think MOTION GRANTED fits the bill here. Has placed second 5 of past 6 starts - one of them behind Ringo's A Rockstar who you would back to win this easily. The other race was a win. So, we see he's both talented enough and honest. Looks a safe bet.

Race 6 - 2:57PM $60,000 BUSINESS INSURANCE GROUP Fillies and Mares No Metro Wins Handicap (1350 METRES)

I've been on this former Sydney mare PASSIONFLOWER past couple for a win and last start an unlucky 2nd placing. Will need to get back a bit from this draw but is fit enough now to really accelerate once heads turn for home. I like her here.

Race 9 - 4:55PM $60,000 QUEENSLAND BRAIN INSTITUTE BenchMark 85 Handicap (1200 METRES)

This boy SUSPENSE has just found it about 2 lengths too strong in Sydney now that he's reached BM85 grade. Team Snowden send him north hoping the same BM grade is 2 lengths inferior. Which I think it will be. Looks a great chance here.

December 4

Race 4 - 2:13PM $40,000 GOPHER COFFEE ORIGIN JOCKEY SERIES RACE Class 3 Plate (1050 METRES)

I know this well-named rising talent RINGO'S A ROCKSTAR (is by Drumbeats) is resuming here but I sense there is a bit of a buzz around him. He might be a very handy racehorse in the making. Will get back but he can unleash and is drawn to be close enough.

Race 6 - 3:30PM $60,000 GALLOPERS SPORTS CLUB Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 6 Handicap (1200 METRES)

You've read it here before and you will read it again after today. I am an advocate for winning form because winning form is the best form to follow. ZIGGY WILLIE has a big weight but he's won 3 of has past 4, the latest one in better grade than this. Will be midfield and just run home too strongly again late.

Race 8 - 4:48PM $60,000 BRC MEMBERSHIPS No More Than Two Metro Wins This Year Handicap (1615 METRES)

LORDAG has been out of the winners' circle for a long time and his latest form, unplaced past 4 starts, would suggest he may be past it. And he may be - but I just feel there are too many things in his favour here this time to turn away from. He's super fit now, has a great draw and this is easiest field he's been in for a long while

December 17

Race 1 - 12:27PM $100,000 97.3 FM PHELAN READY STAKES (1110 METRES)

I'd love to believe that this imposing youngster CHAPPO was named after me. I'm always going to think so - even if the truth is different. But this bloke might be talented too...another reason I want to claim something re him. He's a half-brother to the VRC St Leger winner and Gr 1 placed Cool Chap. So you might expect him to get back a bit here and run on. Cool Chap did win over 1200m also. The booking of leading rider Jeff Lloyd fascinates me. This gelding is unraced and hasn't been seen at the trials and here he is first up in a Listed race....with the top hoop on board. That screams 'back me, back me.'


Sweet Redemption is very fast early and is terrifically fit. She will lead this field for a long way. But it is that genuine pace she will put into the race that leads me to CYLINDER BEACH as the play here. He has unlimited potential and showed some of that first up with a stunning come-from-behind win when resuming last start. Suited this journey and should be rocketing home.

Race 7 - 4:12PM $150,000 LEXY GROUP LOUGH NEAGH STAKES (1350 METRES)

Very interesting race. Most Important looked every inch a future Gr 1 winner with his brilliant turn of foot to win a Gr 3 at Eagle Farm last start. MISS COVER GIRL, who has a Gr 1 gong to her name, was in that race and ran a fast-closing 4th. Both are fitter now. Miss Cover Girl meets him 1.5kg better for losing by 3 lengths in that race. Is that enough? I think over this trip it is.

November 12

Race 3 - 1:38PM $60,000 NATIONAL STORAGE QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1350 METRES)

I'm banking on weights and measures holding up here. From this draw VOLPINO will probably have to ease back but he is very fast over the final stages. His best overall time in his 1200m win last start stacks up very well against all runners here. Likes to run on and I suggest extra trip is in his favour.

Race 4 - 2:17PM $60,000 CONSTRUCTION SKILLS QUEENSLAND BenchMark 75 Handicap (2200 METRES)

FLITERO put up an herculian performance to win that big bush staying race at Rosehill recently. Sat back off a nice pace and weaved between runners hitting the line with gusto. I think this is about a length inferior and the way he attacked the line suggests the trip should suit.

Race 7 - 4:12PM $60,000 ONE KEY RESOURCES MINING OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)

I'm going for value here in AOMEN. The Sylvesters bought this bloke a few months back when it looked like his career was over - but at one time he was a genuine Group 2 horse. Two runs for them have been good efforts - nowhere near the horse he was two years ago - but good enough to suggest if he can find a nice spot here he could get the chocolates at big odds.

November 5

Race 1 - 12:20PM $60,000 ST VINCENT'S / MOUNT OLIVET OPEN Handicap (2000 METRES)

Surely class prevails here. AMEXED is just short of open grade as a stayer, and he has a great record at this track and trip. He's been outclassed in recent Group races in Sydney but not disgraced. He put in every start. If he can settle back in the field, he will appreciate the lack of finishing power of these, and subsequently…swamp them all late.

Race 5 - 3:05PM $60,000 ASSA SIGNS Colts, Geldings and Entires BenchMark 80 Handicap (1350 METRES)

He couldn't have been more impressive on his debut in Qld last start BETTER LAND. He gave them a start and a sound beating and was well backed to do so. Is obviously in great form and despite bigger weight and tougher race, he is classy and will be running on late again.

Race 7 - 4:35PM $60,000 QUEENSLAND X-RAY OPEN Handicap (1110 METRES)

Very open and hard to find the winner race this. All of them have form against one another. WHISKEY ALLROUND is resuming here following a six months lay off and he does have good results while being fresh. Sure, he’s unreliable and hit and miss, but when resuming those types of horses seem to put in. He’s drawn to get a great cart into the race and both trainer and hoop are in dazzling form. Each way hope for mine.

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