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August 4

Race 4 - 1:12PM TIM BELL MEMORIAL OPEN Handicap (1110 METRES)
In great form this preparation, TARZAN is well placed here and can give this a real shake. Two starts back, he fought hard to the line but was shaded by Ringo’s A Rockstar in a 1000m open at the Sunshine Coast. Last start, it was a case of déjà vu where he led all the way until the same horse grabbed him on the line over the same course and distance in BM90 class. He steps up to 1110m here where his only previous attempt ended with third prizemoney, however he does drop 3.5kgs here and there’s no Ringo to contend with either. Whilst he does have wet track form, he does perform better on top of the ground and is a three-time winner at the track. Drawn out in gate nine, his early gate speed will overcome that and he should cross and lead without too much trouble. On form and with the weight relief he will prove hard to run down.

Race 6 - 2:22PM LUCRF SUPER Class 3 Plate (1630 METRES)
Three starts into this preparation and GOLD AMBITION has returned to the track in top order. First-up he finished second to Awake The Stars in a class 5 over 1400m at the Gold Coast with Scott Galloway aboard. Then last start proved too good for Prolific Belle winning by more than a length in class 5 company over the 1666m trip, again with Galloway in the saddle. Drawn ideally here in gate two, the Savabeel gelding drops back to class 3 grade and is a last start track and trip winner. In easier company, should be very competitive.

 The Tony Gollan-trained NATCH is in outstanding form and is yet to miss a top three finish after seven starts this preparation. He simply ticks every box here, winning his last three straight in comfortable fashion. The well-bred Thorn Park gelding looks stronger with every run and enjoys the front-running style he has applied at his last two starts. Wins in class 3, BM0-75 and his last start class 6 victory paint the picture to the form he is currently in. Taking the front-running role last start, he demonstrated his dominance with a win of more than two lengths, eased on the line by Brad Stewart who is now two from two on the five-year-old. He meets similar company here and will carry just 1.5kgs more than his last start victory. It’s hard to make a case for something to beat him and I’ve made him my best selection for the day.

July 28

Expect improvement from the Chris Waller-trained MY GIULIANO here. He finished well back in the Ipswich Cup (2150m) when third-up but did improve on that run when sixth in the Caloundra Cup (2400m) on a heavy Sunshine Coast track. He finished fourth in a recent barrier trial (beaten half a length) but was under a good hold. Here he tackles the 2200m journey where he is a track and trip specialist, being a two-time winner and has two runner-up finishes as well. He represents great each-way value here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 3 - 1:02PM XPLORE RESOURCES Class 6 Handicap (1110 METRES)
Lightly-raced four-year-old, SPURCRAFT is as honest as they come, finishing top three at all eight career starts. Jumping from class 2 to class 4 three starts back, he made easy work of the class rise where he put 5.5 lengths on his rivals over 1100m at Ipswich. He then finished a close second to the Gracida in the Listed Chief De Beers at Doomben. Last start, coming off a two-month let-up, he gave those taking the $1.14 no cause for alarm, carrying 62kgs to a three-length victory over the 900m sprint. This is his biggest test as he steps up to class 6 grade but his results to date suggest it shouldn’t be too big a challenge. 
Result (1st - $2.10)

Race 7 - 3:32PM THE KOHAN AND CHET OPEN Handicap (1350 METRES)
Third-up here, TOO GOOD TO REFUSE is poised to show his best form in this company. After a winless campaign, the Rothesay gelding was spelled for six months and returned to the track with a respectable fourth placing behind Savannah Amour over 1200m on a heavy Doomben track. They ran 1.10 that day which is impressive on a wet track. He then won a 1000m barrier trial in open company and at his last start, finished third behind Peacock in the Rockhampton Newmarket (1300m). Third-up here and back on top of the ground, he has the opportunity to put his best hoof forward and account for these.
Result (unplaced)

July 21

Race 5 - 2:07PM STELLA ARTOIS BenchMark 70 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Leading trainer Tony Gollan looks set for a big day and his Hinchinbrook gelding IGNITE THE LIGHT could be just one of several winners for him. First-up finished well to grab second prize behind stablemate Natch over 1200m at Toowoomba. Then on a heavy Rockhampton track he carried 61kgs when finishing second, beaten a head, behind Jay Jay conceding 6kgs to the winner. Better suited on top of the ground, after the claim from Corey Bayliss, he drops 5kgs from his last run. Drawn the fence here, he should box seat and have the last say in the run home. 
Result (3rd)

 Race 6 - 2:47PM UBET Class 6 Handicap (1350 METRES)
Another from the Gollan stables is NATCH who is in outstanding form this preparation. Yet to miss a top three finish this time in, the Thorn Park gelding showed good speed two starts back when putting two lengths on his rivals over 1200m at Toowoomba. Then last start he was even more impressive when finishing 3.5 lengths ahead of the opposition over 1350m at Ipswich. The in-form Brad Stewart remains aboard here and while up in grade, he does drop 2kgs and drawn in the middle of the field, looks to be sitting mid-field with cover. He is weighted and drawn to give this a real shake.
Result (1st - $5.50)

Race 7 - 3:27PM G.H. MUMM QTIS Three-Years-Old Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)  
Second-up here after five months in the paddock, Star Witness filly SHESEES EVERYTHING is weighted to win this event. First-up at Doomben, she came from last on the turn to win a three-year-old Hcp, beating home Miss Exfactor by more than 2.5 lengths (one of her main rivals here). Placed two from two second-up, she has won two of her three starts here and is well weighted to match it with Winter Bride. Drawn ideally in gate four, speedmaps have her behind the pace and saving ground on the fence. If McGillivray can have her in clear space on the turn, she will be right there when it counts.
Result (3rd)

July 7

Race 2 - 12:17PM HOTEL BEACH HOUSE Fillies & Mares BenchMark 85 Handicap (1350 METRES)
The Tony Sears-trained DON’T TELL MAMA is coming off a long freshen-up and has very good fresh form. Four starts back, she was coming off a six-week let-up and carried 59kgs to beat home a BM80 field here over the 1350m trip. Her last two starts were in open company over much longer journeys where the distances proved too much for her. This assignment sees her with plenty of boxes ticked. The six-year-old mare is a three-time winner at the track and trip and has similar success on soft tracks. After the claim she carries 56kgs and on fresh legs looks right in the mix.
Result (unplaced)

Race 4 - 1:27PM CASA CIBO BenchMark 80 Handicap (2040 METRES)
Finishing top three at his last five starts, READY FOR DANGER couldn’t be in better form. The More Than Ready gelding has shown a real liking to the longer trips, winning two of his last three. Three starts back he won a class 5 over 1800m on a heavy Gold Coast track then backed that up 10 days later with another victory at the same track over 2200m. Last start he was involved in a three-way photo on Ipswich Cup day where he finished second, nosed out by I Feel Good in a BM80 over 2150m. This will be his first look at the Doomben track but certainly measures up to his opposition, Honey Toast being the exception however the Ben Currie-trained seven-year-old has to carry the grandstand with 65kgs on his back. Ready For Danger looks ready to win again.
Result (2nd)

Race 9 - 4:37PM HERVEY BAY HOTEL & RESORT Colts, Geldings & Entires BenchMark 85 Hcp (1350 METRES)
Unlucky at his last start, NO ANNAMOSSITY gets his chance here to atone. The Mossman four-year-old has returned from a five-month break in top order with top three finishes at all three starts this time in. Second-up, he beat home a BM75 field by almost two lengths over the 1350m trip. Then last start, after a five-week let-up, he took on a class 6 field and with a muddling pace lost his position in running. He was the held up in the run home and had to cross around several runners before finding daylight. He finished strongly to come within two lengths of Manaya. Drawn ideally in gate one here, he should again enjoy a soft run mid-field with cover and could possibly secure a rails run on the turn where he should prove very hard to beat in the run home. Sword Of Justice looks the main danger and watch for Lord Coconuts first-up.
Result (1st - $4.20)

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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