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Doomben Tips November 18 - 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 - November 18


Race 1 - EVIAN Hcp (BM90) 2200m

The small field here will suit the Chris Waller trained My Giuliano who is in a purple patch of form lately. After showing little in Sydney, the Choisir gelding was moved to the QLD stables where he has improved greatly. 

After finishing sixth at his first QLD start on the Sunshine Coast he then took a crack at city class where he was a fast  finishing second in open class on a heavy track over 2200m. He then went one better next start where he came from near last on the turn to grab victory in a BM90 over 2040m at Doomben on a dry track.  

He is up 3kgs from his latest efforts but with little pace in the race and the small field to contend with he should be box seating and enjoy a soft run to the turn. This field looks no harder than his last lot of rivals, so there’s no reason why he can’t repeat the dose here.

Race 3 - Pullman Brisbane Airport Plate (Class 3) 1050m

Plenty of early speed here which will assist Capital Connection deal with his wide gate. This very promising Denman gelding is yet to finish worse than second and only a bad start here looks to break that run. 

The lightly raced four-year-old is on a roll since winning his maiden back in June. Two starts back he finished a close second to Mishani Bullitt in a class 2 over 1200m. He then travelled to Ipswich where he proved far too strong for that class 2 field and won that event by nearly four lengths breaking 1.10 in the process.

He is coming off a 10 week let-up but did trial well at Doomben finishing second (under a tight hold) to Prue’s Angel. He is drawn inside that mare in this event. The in-form Matthew McGillivray is aboard for his first ride on the gelding and provided he can cross and settle on the pace he will prove hard to beat.

Race 6 - Novotel Brisbane Airport Hcp (BM 0-70) 1615m

The Robert Heathcote trained Takarakka is in very consistent form this preparation missing prizemoney just once from his seven starts. After several runs at the Sunshine Coast, Heathcote brought the Show A Heart gelding back to the city where he finished a respectable third in class 3 company behind No Annamossity over the mile.

His latest effort saw him back on the Sunshine Coast track where he finished a close second behind Pressway over the 1600m trip carrying 59kgs. He meets Pressway 1.5kgs better here and he has drawn perfectly in gate two. Ron Stewart has ridden him at his last two starts and sticks with him here. Down 2.5kgs from his last start and a few gear changes happening, he could go one better this time.


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November 11


Race 5 - Epicure Memorable Events Hcp (BM85) 1200m

An open contest shapes up here with horses up and down in grade and up and down in distance. One of those is Courtza King from the Tony Gollan stable who is up in grade but has some upside about him. Resuming, he was full of running in winning a BM75 over 1200m by almost two lengths. Last start, he drew wide (in gate10) and was caught well back and wide in the run home. Beaten a neck, finishing third behind Fiery Heights  was a mighty effort considering the circumstances and good form coming into this event with Fiery Heights to start favourite in race eight on the card. Courtza King is a three-time winner over the trip and a track winner to boot. He has drawn awkwardly in gate nine but has leading jockey Jim Byrne back aboard who has the experience to handle the situation and with a little luck in running should settle around mid-field with cover. He is right up to this.

Race 7 - Mark Cotterell Jeweller Hcp (Class 6) 1110m

Several pre-race scratchings have changed the look of this event and has opened it right up with several winning chances emerging. It’s hard to go past Colinelle here being first-up and unbeaten when resuming. Last prep he resumed with a good win over 1050m in a class 4 at Doomben on a soft track. Then after a six week freshen-up he returned in class 6 company over the 1000m at Eagle Farm where he came from back in the field to finish a close-up third, beaten less than half a length. First-up again here, he comes off a barrier trial last week which he duly won. Ridden by Brad Stewart he looked very sharp and under a good hold as well. Stewart has decided to remain aboard here and with good early gate speed will have the Denman gelding sitting around mid-field and looking to pounce in the run home.

Race 8 - Bronxnation Hcp (Open) 1350m

A battle royal looms here with last start winner Fiery Heights taking on open class company again, and Cantbuybetter a winner in open company who is second-up here. From the in-form Ben Currie stable at Toowoomba, the Casino Prince gelding ending a very successful last campaign with an unplaced finish in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich back in June. Then spelled for four months, he resumed here with an impressive first-up second over 1200m behind Hi I’m Back coming from mid-field on the corner. Already a winner second-up, jockey Mark Pegus remains aboard and the speed map shows he will be just behind the pace with plenty of cover, and set to pounce in the run home. His main rival is yet to finish in the money in open company and will be hard at it to hold this fellow at bay.


November 4

Race 2. Thompson Bus Services (Class 3) Plate 1200m
Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick has a pair of very smart geldings engaged here and look like dominating proceedings. While a decision on whether or not Mr Strachan will run is yet to be made, his stablemate Valfierno has returned from a three-month spell in devastating form and will take a ton of tossing here.

A first-up win by three lengths at the Sunshine Coast was followed ten days later by a more impressive win here at Doomben. A heavy track and 58kgs couldn’t stop the Nicconi gelding from winning again in class 3 company. His last start second was full of excuses. Hampered by the leader at the 600m mark then checked twice in the run home, he finished just a short head shy of winning that race.

He has drawn ideally in gate two and will go forward to be right on the pace. Three starts into this campaign he should be as fit as ever and is already a winner in this class and over the track and trip. Brad Stewart will be legged aboard for the first time and will no doubt give the lightly raced four-year-old every chance in the run. 


Race 3. Lite ‘n’ Easy (BM90) Hcp 2040m
Former Sydneysider My Giuliano has been knocking on the door for a win and gets an ideal opportunity in this company. Trained by Chris Waller, the five-year-old Choisir gelding has seen the Doomben track twice for two runner-up prizes. Three starts back he closed solidly to be beaten a short head behind Ingeegoodbe in a BM80 over 2200m. He then finished mid-field over the same trip at the Sunshine Coast while carrying 59kgs. Last start, he finished well to grab second prize again on a heavy track in open company. 

Back on top of the ground, he will be more prominent and will appreciate staying down in the weights. Jockey Robbie Fradd is in winning form and takes his first ride on the gelding. He jumps from barrier eight with good early speed drawn inside him which should see him find a forward spot with cover. He represents great each-way value in this field.


Race 5. The Aitkenvale Family Health Care (Open) Hcp 1050m
Sporting a great second-up record, the Michael Nolan trained Sir Donald looks ideally suited in this field. A winner of three of his last five starts, he has excelled over the shorter sprint distances and gets another chance here. 

Last preparation was short however he did string two wins together at the Gold Coast. First-up over 900m he carried 61.5kgs to victory then three weeks later repeated that effort over 1100m in class 5 company. First-up this campaign he found the heavy track at Toowoomba a little to testing and was beaten out of a place that day. 

He lines up here much better suited and on a dry track over his pet distance will be a different horse. He boasts four wins and two minor placings from his nine starts over the trip and is two from three second-up. He also appears ‘overs’ here.


Race 8. Mt Alvernia College (Three-year-old) Hcp 1350m
Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan has Miss Exfactor engaged here and if she is left alone in front she will prove mighty hard to run down. Since returning from her two-year-old campaign, the Your Song filly has been flying. Her return to work was a barrier trial which she won in a canter by 2.5 lengths. 

Then first-up at Ipswich, she ran out of puff finishing third behind Colosimo and Adoradancer (who she meets here again only 1kg better at the weights).  Her last start effort was a solid win here over 1200m where she turned the tables on Colosimo and covered the 1200m trip in 1.09.3.

She draws mid-field in gate six here but will be ridden forward by Matty McGillvray and should lead them into the home straight. Third-up and left to dictate terms in front, she will prove hard to beat home. 


October 28

Race 5. Bucher Municipal (Class 3) Plate 1350m
Aiming for four in a row, The Les Kelly trained Freddie Fox Trot stands out among these. A maiden winner at Lismore, he then won a class 1 at the Gold Coast over 1200m putting two lengths on his rivals that day. Then after a five week freshen-up the Foxwedge gelding jumped to class 3 grade and made it look easy, leading most of the way to win 1.09.

He lines up here against another class 3 field and although up 1.5kgs on his last start win still meets most of these well at the weights. He is drawn nicely in barrier eight among the big field and with his early gate speed will be up on the pace and should find a sit somewhere near the box seat. Jockey Ryan Plumb is two from three on his back so he knows how to win on him.


Race 7. Kartaway (Open) Hcp 1200m
Looking for three in a row is the Tony Sears trained Tycoon Ace who has returned from six months in the paddock in great shape, winning first-up at the Gold Coast on soft track. Then after finishing third here in a class 6 beaten less than a length, he returned to the same track three weeks later and led all the way over 1200m running 1.09 from a wide gate. His latest effort was outstanding beating home a BM80 field at the Gold Coast by over four lengths. He covered the 1200m that day 1.08 while carrying 59kgs jumping from a wide gate.

This is his biggest test to date however based on his latest efforts and the mood he appears to be in, he looks well placed to go on with it in this field. Drawn well in gate five, he will be up on the pace and will certainly appreciate the five kilo drop in weight. Two-time winning jockey Nozi Tomizawa climbs back aboard and knows how to ride the Tycoon Ruler gelding when fresh. 


Race 8. Suez (Class 6) Plate 1200m
First-up, no problem. At least it won’t be for Don’t Tell Mama who flies when fresh. Another from the Tony Sears stables, the six-year-old mare has won three of her last six and picked up second prize on two other occasions. First-up this preparation, she finished second behind Kuznetsova while lumping 60.5kgs over the 1300m journey. Next up she turned the tables on the same when meeting her better at the weights. 

Resuming here after more than five months in the paddock, we can expect her to be full of running while fresh. She is two from three first-up and a three-time winner at Doomben as well. Emma Ljung returns to the saddle where she is unbeaten on the mare and after her claim will carry just 57kgs here which puts her right in the mix. Drawn perfectly in gate two, if she jumps with them she will enjoy an ideal sit just behind the battle up front. The Not A Single Doubt mare represents great value here.


October 21

Race 2. Paspaley (1MW, Fillies & mares) Hcp 1200m
The wet track will sort some of these girls out. Toby Edmonds has Plucky Girl lining up here after a four week let-up. Her efforts this campaign have been outstanding despite only recording one victory from her eight starts to date. Having said that, she has picked up no less than six minor prizes in this time. 

Three starts back she was a winner in a class 3 against the girls on this track then stepped up to BM85 company and wasn’t disgraced finishing third beaten a neck after being trapped three-wide the entire trip. Last start she took on the boys and again put in an honest performance, finishing third again.

She comes back to 1200m here and is meeting her own sex as she also drops in class. Premiership winning jockey Jeff Lloyd retains the ride and the four-year-old mare has placed twice from two wet track runs. 


Race 8. Icon Group Hcp 1350m
The key here is early pace. If the front runners slap it on, the backmarkers will come into play in the run home. On the other hand, if Miss Exfactor gets her is left alone in front to dictate the pace, she will prove hard to run down in the end. 

Resuming after six months in the paddock, the three-year-old finished third over 1200m at Ipswich. Two weeks later she stripped a lot fitter and hit the line strongly on the Gold Coast to grab victory against her own age group. 

On a quick back-up here, she will be even fitter and despite taking on the boys she has shown plenty of ability and shouldn’t have too much trouble matching it with her rivals here. Leading rider Jim Byrne is the jockey to ride her in races to date and he jumps back aboard for this contest. If she can handle the extra trip, she will take a ton of catching.


Race 9. Integra Advisory (Class 6) Plate 1615m
Trainer Chris Waller moved Torgerson to his Gold Coast stables after three ordinary barrier trials at Randwick recently. The five-year-old Pins gelding didn’t take long to adjust to his new surroundings with a first-up fourth on this track over 1350m. He then showed improvement second-up with a win on the Gold Coast in open company over 1400m.

Third-up here and the extra trip will suit. Winning rider Robbie Fradd remains on board and barrier two will see him saving ground on the fence. He has wet track success as well and looks well placed in this company.


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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