Brisbane racing will be conducted at Doomben on Saturday and we have a track rating of a Good ‘4’. However, showers are forecast so we should allow for a possible downgrade at some stage.
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The rail will be out 1.5 metres for the entire circuit which shouldn’t cause too many problems.
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A big field faces the starter in this Class 6 over 1200m but on paper it looks like a race in three or four with the five-year-old Land Office heading the market at $2.50
Although not having won since January last year, Assertory lines up here with a bug chance to change that. Trained by David Vandyke on the Sunshine Coast, the five-year-old mare has done everything BUT win lately.
Having just six starts in her last campaign, the mare finished no worse than fifth in all her races, grabbing second prize in two of them demonstrating her consistency in racing.
After enjoying five months in the spelling paddock, she returned to the track finishing second in a barrier trial last month. Then, first-up over 1300m at Toowoomba in a BM75 she gave a great site in finishing fourth behind Kuznetsova (who is a short priced favourite in the last race today).
Jockey James Orman took over the reins in her barrier trial and has been in the saddle since. He takes the mount again today and his last winning ride was on a Vandyke trained horse.
She maps well enough from gate 12 and should get a sit near mid-field. If there is a genuine pace and she’s close enough, she will be charging home late. Fitter after her first-up effort, she represents great value here and is right in the mix.
This 1200m open Hcp will be a battle of the back markers unless the probable leader Sweet Serendipity decides to make a sprint of it from barrier rise. Drawn ideally in gate one, Irish Constabulary will prove very hard to beat in this field.
Trained by Sheila Laxon in partnership with John Symons on the Sunshine Coast, the Flying Spur eight-year-old is in career best form winning three of his past five starts.
After a brief three-race campaign when last in work, the gelding was sent for a three month spell which clearly did wonders for him as he returned to the track in top stead.
First-up over 1000m in a BM75 on his home track, he carried 59kgs to victory, putting two lengths on his opposition. Then after a close second in open company next start, he won his next two races in succession including the Magic Millions Country Cup.
Run over 1200m, he amazed many as he jumped from barrier 14, carrying 59kgs and came from the rear of the field on the turn to win the race by more than a length.
He finished off that campaign finishing a close third, beaten less than a length in a BM85.
He’s had almost three months to freshen-up and looks right up to these today. He has two wins from three visits to Doomben and four wins over the trip as well.
In-form jockey Jeff Lloyd is in the saddle, having won on him previously. The speed map has him settling on the fence sitting right behind the pace and with a trouble free run there, he will prove very hard to beat while fresh.
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