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Doomben Tips May 20 - 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 - May 20

Race 1. LED Superscreens Hcp (Class6) 1615m
Yet to crack it for a win this preparation, Blackjack Bella gets her best opportunity here. Finishing in the minor money at three of her last four runs, the forecast wet track for Saturday will enhance her chances even further. 

The five-year-old mare is already a winner at Class 6 level. Just two starts at Doomben ended in two minor placings with five starts over the mile reeling three minor money finishes. Two wet track victories add to her chances today. 

She maps well, sitting on the pace and with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy aboard, she gets her chance to break through today.

Race 3. IPG Marketing Solutions Chief De Beers Hcp 1050m
First-up today, Sydney visitor Mr Manhattan ticks all the boxes here and will be hard to beat. Yet to finish out of the quinella in five first-up runs, he faces the starter coming off a recent barrier trial win at Kembla.

He won a welter at Canterbury over 1100m carrying 60.kgs in October last year before winning a BM85 at the same track with 60.5kgs after a five week freshen-up. 
Proven over the trip with four wins from eight starts he also boasts three victories on slow tracks. He will get back but with just 54kgs to carry today, he will be charging home late. 

Race 8. Taxibox BRC Sprint 1350m
Placed at Group 1 level, topweight Jungle Edge is the class runner here and should be respected based on his achievements to date. Placed in The Galaxy behind Russian Revolution and again in the All Aged Stakes behind Tivaci, the six-year-old will again take up a front running position and will take some beating.

His last start should be overlooked after a bizarre set of events saw him past fit to run after cutting his mouth when he broke through the front gates prior to race start. He has drawn wide in 12 but has a run of 350m to cross before the first turn. 

He has 10 victories from his 36 starts and the majority of those have been on wet tracks. New to the distance however he has won over 1400m so this won’t be an issue. Regular rider Kevin Forrester is up from Melbourne to ride him and will be out to avenge his last start failure, albeit under those controversial circumstances. He is great value for a horse of his class.


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Race 3 - 1.26PM  SINGAPORE TURF CLUB MEMBER’S HCP (1600m)
A smart field of milers line up here in what looks like being a battle royal in the run home. The Robert Heathcote trained Punta Norte was second-up last start when he won a BM85 over 1500m at Eagle Farm. His victory was clinical, parked behind the leaders then let go at the 200m mark he ran away with it.

No reason why he can’t do the same to this field. Winning rider Michael Cahill stays aboard and although Chivadahlii finished within half a length of him last time, he meets that five-year-old 4kgs better today. He is drawn wide but will get a nice sit behind expected leader Sheiswhatsheis as he crosses in front of the slower pace inside him. A four-time winner at the track and has three wins from six starts over the mile. Third-up today, he’ll be even fitter for his last start victory. Good value here. 


Race 5 – 2.46  SUEZ QUEENSLAND DAY STAKES  (1350m)
Some smart up-and-comers front the starter here but they will all have to be at their best to beat the top three home in this. Good Standing will be fitter for his first-up run in the Hawkesbury Guineas where his fitness just failed him. The NZ Savabeel colt, Hall Of Fame is an interesting runner with good soft track form and is a Group 1 winner over 1600m.

However I’m going with the Godolphin representative, Morton’s Fork to collar them all. A Group 2 winner with the Sandown Guineas to his credit, he returned from a spell to finish just behind the placegetters in his first two runs before getting caught too far back in the Group 1 Australian Guineas and finished down the track, four lengths behind Hey Doc.

He won a recent barrier trial at Randwick on a soft track which he has revelled in previously, winning two of four in the wet. Leading Sydney rider Brenton Avdulla is in the saddle today and the speed map suggests he will be mid-field with cover. If his fitness holds, he can get the chocolates here today.


Race 6 – AQWA CONSTRUCTIONS CHAIRMAN’S HCP  (2000m)
Experience over this trip is limited among the runners here and making things even more interesting is having the race favourite drawing the car park in gate 14 of 15.
But it’s the NZ four-year-old Zambezzi Warrior who lines up as good a chance as any at great odds.

He finished second to The Hassler over 2100m as a three-year-old in the Group 2 Championship Stakes at Ellerslie after winning at set weights over the same trip two prior at Pukekohe. Since then, he has won over 1800m at Pukekura and at his last start, finished second in a BM85 over the mile on a soft Avondale track.

He arrives here, 16 days later with some mystery surrounding him as to how he will handle his first trip around an Australian track. The market is framed accordingly. I think with all things considered, his resume is just as good as any other in the race and he warrants outstanding each-way value here on a proposed wet track. 


April 22 (Ric Chapman)


Race 3 - 1:17PM $100,000 MANDATE PRINCESS STAKES (1600 METRES)

CANDIKA sat wide and rear-ward in oddly run race here last week, yet charged home for 3rd. Better draw this time and the trip appeals given how she hit the line last week. Big, big show as she was most unlucky last start. In a race full of smart fillies, Siren's Fury is racing well and looks quinella hope.


Race 5 - 2:28PM $100,000 MANDATE ASCOT HANDICAP (1200 METRES)

There is just something very pleasing about the IRISH CONSTABULARY story. Now a rising 9YO, he looks to be in career best form and his best so far has been great. Is resuming here but can get home in this grade in grand fashion. Really looks well in, especially from this inside gate. In His Stride is very honest and will be right in the finish too.


Race 7 - 3:47PM $100,000 MANDATE TAILS STAKES (1600 METRES)

What a terrific field. Sir Moments was great last start flashing home from the back for 2nd in this company. Maryore looked supreme in winning the Provincial Championship Final at Randwick, also coming from a mile back and spacing them in the end. But I like SINGLE GAZE. I think she's back to her best again and that 3rd in Group 3 company at Rosehill last month confirms that. She was handy most of the way and battled on gamely. This is easier if anything and she too will charge from the back.


April 15 (Ric Chapman)


Race 4 - 1:57PM $60,000 ASCOT GREEN CARNIVAL HIGH TEA OPEN Handicap (1050 METRES)

TUMBLER has won from 5 from her 6 starts and has been kept in cotton wool as she progresses through the grades. She has trialled like a bomb recently and now she is in open company with nothing on her back. Just watch her destroy these.


Race 5 - 2:37PM $60,000 BRC MEMBERSHIPS QTIS Three-Years-Old Plate (1350 METRES)

This filly CANDIKA is about the best placed horse in any race anywhere in Australia. Looks way better than these. I’ll take those odds on offer and then turn around and take them again.

Race 7 - 3:57PM $60,000 SKY THOROUGHBRED CENTRAL OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)

SEIGRIED is racing in terrific fashion this campaign. His owners must be over-the-moon. Chased home hard very similar race last start when a game 3rd. Slightly, if anything, easier here and the rails draw makes him a really good bet.

April 1 (Ric Chapman)


Race 1 - 12:27PM $60,000 THE OLD BOATHOUSE QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1050 METRES)

There appears to be enormous amount of speed in this. There are 4 who have won a race, and all 4 winners led all way to win their races. So I'm imaging a full on speed fest early here. NICK’S REWARD was one of them and he did it in style. The rails draw a big plus. STARENA on the other hand, likes to settle midfield and rattle home. That works here with all the pace. COOROI CHASE won only public appearance, a barrier trial in grand style. I have it on good authority that this horse can really run. Should be hard to beat.


Race 4 - 2:22PM $60,000 BRUMBY SUNSTATE OPEN Handicap (1615 METRES)

SIR MOMENTS is best credentialed horse in the race but big weight will hurt. Is fit now and ready to run a blinder. TOO GOOD TOO REFUSE under the hcp conditions appeals the most. Has talent and looks well placed. DANCE OF HEROES ran 3rd this grade last start indicating he’s back. Big show. 


Race 5 - 3:02PM $60,000FUTURE FLOORS OPEN Handicap (1050 METRES)

HARD STRIDE was solid this company last start. Jock is in great form and weight relief makes him very appealing. Big show. LADRETTO is resuming here but working along beautifully. Was well up to these when last in work. But Alan Denham's MOUNT NEBO is the class here despite big weight. And he’s a natural born swimmer who should blouse these in the mud.  



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