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Doomben Tips February 16 - Expert tips and Saturday best bets

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 13 Feb 2019
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Doomben Tips - February 16

Race 5 - 3:02PM TROPICAL FRESH Class 3 Plate (1110 METRES)
All boxes are ticked here for WINTER PASSAGE after trainer Stuart Kendrick chose to run the filly in this (also accepted for Race 6) and looks well placed to figure in the finish. She hasn’t missed a top-three finish in her past four starts and her last win was here over this distance. The I Am Invincible filly then finished second behind Magic Fox at Eagle Farm over 1200m. Last start, she finished behind Magic Fox again (2nd) and Macewen in another three-year-old Hcp over 1200m at the Farm. Kendrick has chosen to go with this Class 3 event in lieu of another ‘aged Hcp’ affair. Ironically, the filly’s last victory was in class 3 company. She has drawn nicely in gate six and after the claim here will carry 3kgs less than her last start. She maps perfectly and should just off the pace, possibly box-seating. No Magic Fox to worry about here. She looks right in the mix.



Race 8 - 5:00PM ASIAN PLUS Class 6 Plate (1350 METRES)
Down in the weights, MISHANI ELECTRA gets her chance to bounce back to the winner’s list. The four-year-old has been so consistent this preparation, finishing no worse then fifth in seven starts to date. Two starts back she was a dominant winner over King Lear and Super Suave over 1200m then followed that up finishing fourth behind King Lear (beaten half a length), and drew wide that day, where she met the winner 4kgs worse than their previous clash. Her early gate speed should see her sitting just off the pace (with cover) and carrying a half kilo under the limit, should prove hard to hold out.



Race 9 - 5:35PM TAB OPEN Handicap (1110 METRES)
The two heavyweights look set to do battle again here with Tumbler out to seek revenge and turn the tables on SPURCRAFT after a narrow loss last start. The Charlotte White-trained gelding has now won seven of his 11 career starts and is yet to miss podium finish. Resuming from a six-month spell, he finished a close second to Basara at Ipswich as an odds-on favourite. Then last start, and fitter, he proved too strong in the end, beating the fast finishing Tumbler over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast. They clash again here and dominate early markets with Tumbler drawing gate one however he meets Spurcraft one kilo worse than their last encounter. Les Tilley remains aboard after partnering the Jet Spur gelding to six prior victories and looks to be doing it again here.





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February 9


Race 2 - 1:12PM COCA COLA Class 3 Plate (1600 METRES)
Back from a one-off Sydney tilt, RECKLESS CHOICE is third-up here and looms as the one to beat in this company. Resuming this campaign, he went within a whisker of winning the MM Country Cup, beating all but Mr Markou home in the 1200m event. He then finished unplaced behind Brazen in a BM78 at Randwick over 1400m, beaten just 1.5 lengths. Fitter for those two runs and a two-time winner over  the mile trip, he draws the fence here and will be hard to hold out.
Result (1st - $2.80)

Race 3 - 1:47PM CANADIAN CLUB BenchMark 75 Handicap (2200 METRES)
Racing in good touch this preparation, NAKED didn’t have much luck at his past two starts but should avoid trouble from his wide draw here. Coming off a narrow win at the Sunshine Coast, he was caught wide next start and although finishing unplaced, he was beaten less than 1.5 lengths over the mile trip at Doomben. Last start, he stepped up in grade and distance and was impressive in beating all but Art Attack in the BM80 over 2206m at Eagle Farm. He drops in class here and couldn’t be any fitter. With a trouble-free run, he will be finishing hard here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 6 - 3:42PM CANADIAN CLUB Class 6 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Steven O’Dea’s gelding LANGHRO is well on his way to living up to his father’s reputation. Formerly with the Mick Price stables in Melbourne, this son of Lonhro has won two of his four starts this time in and at the weights, looks hard to beat in this. Resuming after 33 weeks in the paddock, he finished an eye-catching second in a BM70 over 1100m at Caulfield then followed that up finishing third in a three-way go at Flemington in BM84 company over 1200m. He has enjoyed a three-week let-up transporting to the O’Dea stables in Brisbane and will be nice and fresh for this event. Down in class here and is drawn ideally in gate three. Without doubt the one to beat. 
Result (2nd)


December 29

Race 3 - 1:40PM MAGIC MILLIONS SHOOT OUT QUALITY (2200 METRES) 
Interest in this race is deepened with the inclusion of the southern stayers Kiwia and Tally. MAGNUFIGHTER is trained at the Sunshine Coast but has done most of his racing at the Doomben track. Three of his four career wins were scored on this track, including his last start where he proved too good for the Quality Hcp field over 2020m. Dale Smith remains aboard here and carrying the same weight, he looks the testing material again.
Result (unplaced)

Race 4 - 2:20PM MAGIC MILLIONS FALVELON QUALITY (1110 METRES)
Up-and-coming three-year-old MISHANI HUSTLER has the credentials to suggest he can win this one first-up. The Ben Currie-trained colt has seasoned nicely, winning four of his six career starts. After winning three on the trot, he was far from disgraced when finishing second to the classy Zousain in the Group Two Champagne Classic before heading to the paddock. Currie knows how to prepare his runners for their first-up runs and drawn ideally in gate three here, the colt will be full of running in closing stages and be there at the finish.
Result (unplaced)

Race 6 - 3:40PM MAGIC MILLIONS VO ROGUE PLATE (1350 METRES) 
Arguably the tip of the day, OUTBACK BARBIE only needs to reproduce her last start effort to be mighty hard to beat here. Resuming after a stint in Sydney, the Spirit Of Boom filly roved too good for her rivals in a Listed race for fillies here over 1200m. She broke 1:09 that day on fresh legs. Then last start, gave stablemate Zoustyle seven lengths on the turn, and got within a length of him in the run home. They covered the 1200m in 1:08.2 that day. Very few of these would finish in front of Zoustyle which leaves Outback Barbie the clear choice.
Result (unplaced)


December 15

Race 1 - 12:22PM COCA COLA CHRISTMAS MOVIES BenchMark 85 Handicap (1615 METRES)
With rain forecast for Brisbane on Saturday, the wet track lovers will come into play which puts CONSTANTINE right in the ball park. The Chris Munce-trained gelding is coming off a strong run at the Sunshine Coast where he finished second behind Final Zero over 1400m when second-up off a seven-month break. A two-time winner when third-up, three of his five career wins were on wet tracks and he drops 5kgs from his last start. Handy when right, and has won four-straight in the past. Scratched from race two to run here and he is a track and trip winner.
Result (4th)

Race 6 - 3:32PM IPG MARKETING SOLUTIONS BRIBIE HANDICAP (1050 METRES)
She’s racked-up more kilometres than Bourke and Wills resulting in mixed success but back home HOUTZEN looks too good for these. Ironically, the mare made her debut here where she put four lengths on her rivals that day. Then 18 months later, she ran last behind English in the Doomben 10,000. She won the Magic Millions as a two-year-old and has won a further five since then. Her recent Melbourne campaign wasn’t as successful as was hoped, but she came within a lip of beating Nature Strip in the Group Two McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley. She finished a close-up fourth in a trial last week where Jeff Lloyd had a tight hold on her the entire trip. Arguably the smartest mare in work yet to win a Group One, she should take this one out.
Result (Won - $1.50) 

Race 7 - 4:15PM SOCIETY NEW YEAR'S EVE Class 6 Plate (1200 METRES)
Toby Edmonds saddles-up STANLEY PARK who is in outstanding form, winning four of his past five starts. The Duke Of Marmalade gelding won four on the trot before being caught in the last stride at the Sunshine Coast last start. He is stepping up to class 6 company here but the forecast wet track should balance the leger where he is a two-time winner. He comes off a five-week freshen-up but has the experience of Ryan Maloney in the saddle who has steered him to victory previously. Drawn ideally in gate two, he should settle on the pace and could prove hard to run down in the conditions.
Result (2nd) 

Race 8 - 4:50PM PAGES EVENT HIRE GOLD EDITION PLATE (1200 METRES)
All boxes ticked, and unbeaten to date, it will take a ton of bad luck or a super performance from the opposition to prevent ZOUSTYLE from making it five from five here. The Tony Gollan-trained gelding has been on fire since winning his maiden on debut, where put five lengths on his rivals on a wet track as well. Last start, he lobbed in front and gave nothing else a chance. Ridden hands and heels, he cruised to victory, eased near the line. Drawn wide here, the speedmap still has him crossing to lead and not withstanding bad luck, it will take a smart one here to run him down. Brad Stewart is four from four on his back and remains aboard here.  He looks the goods.
Result (1st - $2.50)

December 8

Race 2 - 12:57PM COCA COLA BenchMark 70 Handicap (1350 METRES)
Coming off a last-start win, THE SOCIALIST looks well placed again and can go back-to-back here. The four-year-old hit his straps at the end of his last campaign where he racked up three straight runner-up prizes before ending it with a well-deserved win at the Gold Coast over 1400m in BM65. Second-up this time in, he destroyed his class 2 rivals at the Sunshine Coast where he took out the 1200m event by almost three lengths. This looks no harder and from gate two he will enjoy a sit behind the pace and be doing his best in the run home. He looks the goods here.
Result (unplaced) 

Race 3 - 1:32PM JIM BEAM TAB 'Origin' Jockey Series Class 3 Plate (1600 METRES)
The lightly-raced AL’S KINGDOM lines up here a last-start winner and could go on with it here. Three starts back he won his maiden in fine style, putting 3.5 lengths on his opposition. Last start he repeated that effort winning a class 1 at the Sunshine Coast, beating home The Candy Man by 1.5 lengths as he led from barrier to box. The step up to the mile here doesn’t look too taxing plus he drops 2.5kgs to compensate the extra trip. The experienced Brad Stewart will give him every chance here.
Result (3rd)

Race 6 - 3:28PM CANADIAN CLUB TAB 'Origin' Jockey Series Class 6 Plate (2000 METRES)
Drawn to perfection here, the Ben Currie-trained MISHANI VAIDRA is in great touch and is drawn to continue the winning form here. The Show A Heart mare won first-up this preparation in a BM60 at Toowoomba then finished second here behind Impasse and (but ahead of Umberto who was coming off two wins on the trot), in a class 4 over 1350m. The four-year-old couldn’t have been more impressive last start where she beat home Sofie’s Gold Class by more than a length in a class 4 here over the mile. The only concern here is the step up to 2000m but she is racing well and finishing off her races strongly which suggests she will get the trip. Jason Collett jumps aboard for his first ride on the mare and should settle mid-field on the fence. Watch for her in the run home.
Result (2nd) 

December 1

Race 1 - 12:57PM Broncos Team Store BM70 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Several winning chances confront us in the first and one of those is CATALINA MISS who looks overs in this field. The four-year-old mare boasts a very strong resume with three victories and four minor prizes in her nine starts to date. Two starts back she took care of a class 1 over 1200m at the Gold Coast where she drew wide and travelled three-deep without cover the entire trip and safely held off the challenges to score a good win. She then stepped up to class 2 company and was even more impressive where she covered the 1200m in 1:09 when crossing the line more than two lengths ahead of her rivals on the Doomben track. This looks no harder and the Sidereus mare looks outstanding each-way value here.
Result (unplaced)

Race 2 - 1:32PM National Storage Locker Room BM90 Handicap (2000 METRES)
The ever-consistent STANLEY looks right in the mix here and if he has held his form and condition will be hard to toss. Since failing on a heavy track when second-up this preparation, he then found dry ground at his next three starts and finished in the minor spoils in all three events. Last start was a quick back-up after finishing second at the Sunshine Coast, the Stratum gelding went one better at Doomben where he beat home Estikhraaj, leading all the way in the 2200m event. Both horses are up in the weights here and I can’t see the result being reversed.
Result (3rd)

Race 6 - 4:08PM National Storage Winning Rupert Plate (1200 METRES)
The unbeaten ZOUSTYLE looks to maintain that record here with a perfect draw. The three-year-old Zoustar gelding impressed greatly with his first two starts, putting huge spaces on his opposition before being spelled in July. Resuming, he picked up where he left off and leading all the way put two lengths on his rivals over the 1050m trip. He is a forward type who has gone from strength to strength and the rise to 1200m here shouldn’t be an issue. Worth throwing in your multis. 
Result (1st - $1.30)

Race 8 - 5:25PM TAB George Moore Stakes (1200 METRES) 
Former North Queensland galloper TYZONE is second-up and if his first-up effort is anything to go by, he will take a ton of beating here. Last preparation he hit peak form, winning two in good time before finishing a close second in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes behind I’m A Ripper and then third in the Listed Ramornie Handicap. Resuming from a four-month break, the Written Tycoon gelding was a fast finishing fourth behind Most Important in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (Victorem and I’m A Rippa filling the minors). Fitter for that run, he will again be powering home and already a two-time winner second-up looks right in the mix here.
Result (4th)


November 24

Race 2 - 12:57PM ROBERT WHITE JEWELLERS BenchMark 70 Handicap (1640 METRES)
Several runners line up here in good form with the Ben Currie-trained MISHANI VAIDRA being one of them. After a successful last campaign, the Show A Heart mare resumed from a five-month break winning first-up at Toowoomba over 1200m. Last start, she stepped up to the 1350m trip here and beat all but Impasse home in a class 4 Hcp. Third-up and even fitter here, the four-year-old mare has drawn well in gate 5 and enjoys weight relief courtesy of Guthmann-Chester’s 2kg claim. This puts her right in contention and she will be there when it counts.
Result (1st - $6.50)

Race 6 - 3:28PM HIT105 Class 3 Plate (1350 METRES)
One who excels at the distance here is CADOGAN who has finished top three at seven of his ten starts over the trip. Coming off two successful trials, the five-year-old resumed from a four-break finishing just behind the placegetters in a class 4 field over 1200m at Ipswich. Last start, the Smart Missile gelding stepped up in class and distance and left an impression when finishing second behind Show ‘Em in a solid class 3 field. Third-up and fitter, he looks well placed in this field and after the claim comes in at 56kgs, 3kgs less than his last start. Drawn nicely in gate 4, he should be mid-field with cover on settling and has a good turn of foot which puts him in the firing line here.
Result (1st - $6)

Race 8 - 4:47PM SKY RACING TATTERSALL'S RECOGNITION STAKES (1350 METRES)
 A possible start in the Group Two Villiers is on the line for stablemates from the Steve Tregea camp is they perform well here. Both NICCANOVA and Prioritise could earn themselves a trip to Sydney month if things go well for them here. Both horses are coming off lengthy freshen-ups with Prioritise out to add to a four-race winning streak while Niccanova looks to add to near perfect career stats where the Nicconi gelding has missed a top three finish just once in his 11 career starts which also boast six victories. Last start he smashed his rivals over this trip in heavy going, putting more than two lengths on the talented Fiery Heights. If he hasn’t lost condition and brings that form here, he will prove extremely hard to beat. I favour Niccanova here as he is two from two at the track and trip whereas Prioritise is yet to place at the trip from five attempts and will be looking for further as he progresses this campaign. 
Result (1st - $3.60)


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