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Doomben Tips January 20 - 3 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. 

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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 - January 20


Race 2 - Girl’s Day Out Raceday Hcp (BM90) 1630m

With a tearaway leader engaged here, conditions look ideal for Don’t Tell Mama to rack up win number seven. Two starts back she stormed home to grab second prize behind Feltre at the Gold Coast before taking third prize on the same track behind Aqua Vite after settling near last in the BM90 event.

 The Not A Single Doubt mare drops back 200 metres here but is yet to miss the money over the mile after four starts at the trip. Nozi Tomizawa returns to the saddle and is two from two on the mare and will out to keep his unbeaten record intact. The speedmap has her in the back half of the field on settling with Zahspeed setting them a merry dance up front. Should the pace be on from barrier rise, ‘Mama’ will be storming home late and can take this out.




Race 5. ‘Addy’s Getting Hitched Hcp (Open) 1050m

Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick has Tarzan firing on all cylinders of late and he looks well placed here to continue on his winning way. The Drumbeats gelding completed a hatrick of victories with a win over this track and distance in open company. Failing at his next run after missing the start badly, he bounced back last start to lead all the way at the Sunshine Coast in open company.

This is no harder and lines up well at the weights dropping a kilo on his last start victory. Luke Tarrant remains aboard and is already a two-time winner on the gelding. The speedmap has him perfectly placed sitting just behind the probable leaders Wicked Intent and Lucky Black who have drawn wide. With a clear run home he will prove hard to hold out.


Race 8 - Weddings at BRC Hcp (BM85) 1200m

Ben Currie’s four-year-old Publishing Power must be respected here as he heads to the barriers carrying no more than a postage stamp. Resuming from a spell he embarrassed his opposition first-up at Toowoomba beating home his class  rivals by more than three lengths. Proving that to be no fluke, he repeated the dose next start beating home his class 3 opponents by five lengths.

 Up in class here, he is in outstanding form this preparation and drops a massive eight kilos from his last start victory. Michael Murphy will be riding him for the first time and has the three kilo claim. The speedmap has him sitting mid-field and with a solid pace set up front should see him powering home late.



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December 30


Race 6 - 3:22PM MAGIC MILLIONS THE BUFFERING (1350 METRES)

The Tony Gollan-trained Most Important ticks plenty of boxes in Race 6 and will be out to make it back to back wins at Doomben after taking out the Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) recently. The five-year-old generally fires at his third and fourth runs after a break and meets some of his rivals from the Lough Neagh on better terms at the weights in this. The son of I Am Invincible has won two and finished runner up twice in his four starts over the Doomben 1350 and has drawn perfectly. One that handles the Soft going, Most Important should race on the speed and can get our three best bets off to a winning start. 

Race 8 - 4:42PM MAGIC MILLIONS BERNBOROUGH HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

The consistent Hopfgarten lines up in the Bernborough Handicap (1600m) and looks set to fight out the finish in the $300,000 affair. He comes off a 9th placing in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick at his last start but will be much better suited back at Doomben and in this class. He just missed out in a similar race to this at Doomben two starts ago and prior to that he ran 3rd after racing wide. The likelihood of a Soft track will enhance his prospects and if he can get a smidgen of luck from the barrier he can salute at nice odds. 

Race 9 - 5:20PM MAGIC MILLIONS NUDGEE STAKES (1200 METRES)

The last of the day is for the fillies and mares and look for Ghisoni to produce a big run at her first run back from a spell. The Godolphin galloper has won two from three when fresh and had plenty of excuses when resuming in her previous preparation when 12th in the Sheraco Stakes. In the autumn, she was a big winner when first up in the Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben and a similar effort here will put her right in contention.

December 16

Race 1 - 12:27PM MAKERS MARK Class 3 Plate (1350 METRES)

Pretty keen on I'M A RIPPA as a place chance in the opening race. The Tony Gollan galloper has been in the money in 11 of his 18 career starts and looks well placed after just missing out when resuming at this track a fortnight ago. On that occasion, he was easy in the betting before spearing to the front and going down in the final stages to Count Defying. The son of Love Conquers All is likely to push forward again on the weekend and should be an improver at his second run back from a spell. He has performed well at the distance in the past and looks to be a genuine contender. 

Race 5 - 2:52PM CASCADE OPEN Quality Handicap (2020 METRES) 

LONG TIME AGO lines up at the short quote of $1.90 but the beautifully bred galloper comes to Brisbane with some great form under her belt. After taking out the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) at Sandown on November 18 at the tailend of the Melbourne carnival, she produced a massive effort for a 3rd placing at the same track a fortnight later behind Night’s Watch and Guizot (who carried 6kg less and had a clear fitness advantage). The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable don't usually muck around with anything they send to Doomben and she will take a power of beating. 

Race 7 - 4:12PM FUNKY'S MEXICAN CANTINA GOLD EDITION PLATE (1200 METRES)

The three-year-olds line up at Listed level in the Gold Edition Plate and PIERETA looks to be the one to stick with after winning very well at Doomben when resuming on December 2. He looked a class above them on that occasion, clearing out to win by almost three lengths to Bring It Home Pop and Eiseman and meets a similar field again on Saturday. With the Melbourne Cup (3200m) winning jockey, Corey Brown staying on board he should be very hard to beat. 

Race 8 - 4:47PM NIGHT OWL LOUGH NEAGH STAKES (1350 METRES)

Looking for a bit of value later on in the programme and one to consider at the each-way quote in RUETTIGER, who makes his debut for the Ben Currie stable. The young trainer combines with Jamie Kah and it would be no surprise to see that duo turn around the fortunes of the talented, yet slightly wayward galloper. He struggled in the Heavy going at his last start (5th behind Got The Goss), which came at Ballarat but prior to that he was very close up in a couple of handy races at the Melbourne carnival. He should be very competitive in this field and is worth a bit of a speculative bet.

December 9

Race 6. Multi Systems Electrical Ubet Plate (Class 6) 2000m

Drawing wide here will test many a good horse over the 2000m trip. The Chris Waller trained Monasterio comes into this in winning form and has drawn the rails gate which will save the young gelding plenty of ground. Second-up he finished runner-up to the smart Don’t Doubt da Wife here in a class 3 over the mile. Then next start, turned the tables on the same horse. Fitter from two starts back, he came from last on the turn to beat Don’t Doubt da Wife by almost a length over the mile again carrying 2kgs more.

He lines-up here in this big field facing his toughest test to date but has drawn perfectly in gate one and will carry the experienced Dwayne Dunn for the first time. He drops 3kgs and is a winner at the tack and over the mile as well. With three runs behind him now this Savabeel gelding can figure in the finish here and follow on from his impressive last start victory.

Race 7. AQWA Constructions Just Now Quality Hcp 1350m

A classy field here with several winning chances provided things go their way. One who stands out is the six-year-old Sheiswhatsheis who has finished a bridesmaid at all three of her runs at the track over this trip. A dour front-runner, she looks to lead here and with fresh legs may prove hard to run down. 

Prior to a three month spell, she led until the dying stages in open class here over the mile trip beaten by one better that day. She won a barrier trial last month before returning to the track where first-up she finished a respectable fifth beaten only two lengths by Notonyourlife over 1200m where they ran 1.09.4 for the trip. 

Second-up here, she will strip much fitter and the 1350m looks ideal for her at this stage of her preparation. Drawn the middle of the field, she is expected to lead with her main rivals as back-markers having the job to run her down. Yet to miss a place second-up, jockey Matt McGillvray will be out to improve on his first effort last start and Gollan will be keen to see her get the monkey off her back at the track and trip.


Race 8. Green Options Racing Pty Ltd Hcp 1600m

Mossman gelding Crack Me Up looks the best of the day here based on his outstanding performances of late. Four starts back he made short work of the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas over the mile. He backed that form up next start by winning the Tatt’s Mile here beating home a class field. Jumping from the outside gate (11), the four-year-old sat mid-field most of the way but finished too well for his rivals beating home Cruising Speed and Pindan Pearl. 

Resuming from a four-month spell, he came from last to grab second prize in a BM85 over 1200m behind Brooklyn Storm. Again, coming from the tail of the field on the turn, he lumped 63kgs past all but the winner. Second-up and fitter, he went one better here two weeks ago and in open class over the 1350m trip gave his rivals the go by to win by more than a length with plenty to spare.

He faces some classy rivals here but on his best form he will prove more than competitive against them. A two-time winner at the track and two victories at the mile already raises warning signs for the opposition here. Drawn nicely in gate four Matt McGillvray will surely have him in a prominent position early and then push on to win his second race from as many rides aboard the Mossman gelding.


December 2


Race 4. SEQ Ice Cream Hcp (BM85) 1200m
With a heavy track likely for Doomben, this strengthens the chances of Courtza King to take this out. He hasn’t put a foot wrong since returning from a lengthy seven month spell. Resuming, he comfortably won a BM75 over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast. Carrying 58.5kgs, he put nearly two lengths on his rivals. Then last start, he finished third beaten less than half a length behind Fiery Heights in a class 6 over 1200m at Doomben. 

He has drawn wide here but he will get back and look to finish late. Jim Byrne has ridden him on both occasions this preparation and remains aboard for this event. The Northern Meteor gelding comes in nicely at the weights with just 56kgs to carry and is one from one on heavy tracks.


Race 5. Bobby Clarke Mode Plate 1200m
Second-up here, Dream Kisses looks well placed under the set weights conditions and should give a bold sight among these. The Dream Ahead filly showed her potential last campaign with a solid win here on a wet track under set weights over 1200m. She ended that campaign with an unlucky second in Townsville behind Paradis Imperial in the two-year-old Classic. 

Two barrier trials since then had her finishing second and third under a hold when ridden by Brad Stewart. Then resuming, she did well under the conditions when finishing second behind Cooroi Chase here two weeks ago carrying 59kgs on a heavy track. 

Facing another heavy track here, she will strip much fitter second-up and has placed twice on heavy tracks. She returns to the 1200m journey where she is a track and distance winner. She drops 2.5kgs here and has a major gear change with trainer Steven O’Dea fitting a tongue tie for the first time. She will give a bold sight.


Race 8. SUA George Moore Stakes 1200m
The feature race on the program sees plenty of talent lining up and among them the team Snowden trained Calanda who will be third-up from a spell and ready to win. Fresh from a Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign, the Sydney based gelding gave a good account of himself in open company down the straight track at Flemington last start. Finishing fourth overall to Ocean Embers, he beat all the inside brigade home. The placegetters in that event all came via the grandstand side. 

He will find this a lot easier and should be well placed with cover from gate four. He’ll lose nothing from Damien Browne jumping aboard for his first ride on the Snitzel four-year-old and looks a strong chance among this line up.


November 25

Race 3. QUPEX Hcp (BM 0-70) 1350m
From the strong Ben Currie stable, Hot Talk gets her chance to atone for her last start unplaced effort here two weeks ago. Resuming from a successful second campaign, the well bred Sequalo mare was a first-up winner at Toowoomba. On a wet track carrying 59kgs she beat home the class 1 field comfortably. Second-up at Ipswich she met a heavy track that day and with 59.5kgs ran an honest third in BM65 company.

She meets this field so well at the weights and after Michael Murphy’s claim comes in at 2.5kgs under the limit and on the forecast wet track that will play big role. Drawn in barrier eight, Murphy should be able to settle just off the speed and have plenty of cover. The mare is two and two from four wet track runs and weighted to be in this at the finish.


Race 5. Winning Edge Presentations Hcp (BM90) 1050m
The lightly raced Colinelle looks well placed in this event as he joins the line up with a faultless first-up record. After six months in the paddock he returned to racing in March and relished the fresh start beating home a class 4 field over the 1050m trip on a wet Doomben track. Carrying 59kgs, he led all the way, winning by 3.5 lengths.
His last start saw him finish fourth (beaten 1.5 lengths) behind the very smart Snitty Kitty, coming from last on the turn.

Resuming here, he is coming off a win in a barrier trial on this track under a good hold by jockey Brad Stewart who has taken the ride in this. The speedmap has him settling just off the pace and will find plenty of cover on the big field. Unbeaten first-up (three from three), a two-time winner at the track and three victories over the trip already, the Denman gelding carries just 54kgs here and with a clear run home will prove hard to hold out.


Race 9. Hutchinson Builders Hcp (BM75) 1200m
Coming off four-straight victories it’s hard to imagine it continuing, however with the form he is in, only the brave would go against Amanaat making it five in a row. The Ben Currie trained gelding hasn’t looked back since transferring from the Lindsay Park stable. After winning three straight at the provincials, Currie brought him to the city and in class 6 company he won again.

He rises in weight here but after Murphy’s claim will carry just 58kgs which is acceptable considering his winning margins of late. His 4.5 length victory three starts back at Toowoomba stands out where he carried 57.5kgs on a rain affected track.

He has drawn fairly in barrier nine and provided he starts well the speedmap suggests he will slipstream stablemate Iron George on settling. Comfortably beating class 6 opposition last start, this looks no harder and given a little luck in running (considering the big field) he looks hard to hold out here.

Where To Bet On Doomben Races


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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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