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Doomben Tips April 20 - Expert tips and Saturday best bets

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 18 Apr 2019
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Doomben Tips - April 20

Race 3 - 12:43PM OSCAR OSCAR SALONS One Metro Win Handicap (1110 METRES)
Looking for a second win on the trot, POWER COMMAND comes into this contest ticking plenty of boxes. A lightly-raced four-year-old, the mare put paid to a BM70 field last start when resuming from an 18-week spell. Just 11 career starts have resulted in three wins and four minor money finishes and she comes in nicely at the weights here. Ryan Wiggins is one from one on her back and retains the ride. She will get back here and be conceding race favourite (Meet Mr Taylor) a start, however she has the benefit of that one run back and drawn in gate two will be doing no work early to hold a spot near the fence. She has the runs on the board to take this out.

Odds correct as at 5:30AM (AEST) on 18/04/2019

Out of sorts last preparation, the Tony Gollan-trained EF TROOP is back home after a stint south of the border last spring which wasn’t as successful as first hoped. The Spirit Of Boom gelding has enjoyed a six-month spell and returned to work in a barrier trial last month and didn’t raise a sweat winning that trial by more than three lengths. Eight career starts have brought two victories with both wins on this track. Gollan has taken off the winkers for the first time and will leg-up Jeff Lloyd for his first ride on the three-year-old. If he brings his trial form here, he will be too good for these.

One galloper that has been swept under the carpet after just one unplaced finish this campaign is the Garnett Taylor-trained DAWSON DIVA who is more than capable of matching it with this field. The Falvelon filly beat home a classy three-year-old field at the Sunshine Coast three starts back, headed by the smart Show A Heart filly Barefoot. Two starts back, she got caught too far back and with a slow pace struggled to run them down when finishing fifth behind Tatcee over the mile at Eagle Farm. Last start she stepped up to 1840m and showed improvement when finishing third behind Rocknavar, coming from well back again. She faces her own sex here and drops a little in weight. Ryan Wiggins remains in the saddle where he has been for both her career wins to date. Drawn nicely in gate six, Wiggins will find his way in the run and be looking for clean air on the turn. She looks way over the odds here and will give you a great run for your money.

Previous Doomben Tips:

March 30

Sydney-based trainer Matthew Smith has brought his lightly-raced five-year-old Tonsor to town who brings with him a very smart resume, boasting four wins and three minor placings from seven starts. An impressive record no doubt. However, seeing Doomben for the first time and the distinct possibility of a heavy track, he may not be the stand-out choice that early markets suggest. I’m leaning towards the Tony Gollan-trained COURTZA KING who is a track and trip expert and is one from one in heavy going. Resuming from a four-month break, he chased home the classy Mr Marbellouz and despite finishing three lengths behind him, he did beat the rest home to grab the runner-up cheque. On Tuesday he took part in a trial on this track and was a fast finishing third behind the talented EF Troop over the 840m trip. Brad Stewart remains aboard and his record on the Northern Meteor gelding is top class with two wins and two second placings from five rides. The biggest grey area is the speedmap which has the visitor (Tonsor) leading with Zahspeed from his gate one draw. The rest of the field will be battling for spots and Courtza King has drawn the outside gate (11) but if Stewart can cross to be one off the fence, mid-field or better, he will give a bold sight in the run home. He is two and three from seven starts at the track and distance and looks great each-way value.
Result (unplaced)

Race 8 - 3:42PM SOUTH EAST FLOORS Class 6 Handicap (1350 METRES) 
Yet to win second-up, the Toby Edmonds-trained I AM IMPINGE looks well placed to break that drought here. The four-year-old won two of his last three races before being sent to the paddock for six months. Since resuming work, he performed well in two trials, winning his latest at the Gold Coast. First-up, he over-raced most of the way then was blocked for a run as the race winner (Mishani Vaidra) ran past him. Once clear, he still hit the line well to grab fourth prize. He hasn’t raced for nearly four-weeks now but has a history of performing well on fresh legs. Nicely drawn in gate seven, he can give this a real shake.
Result (unplaced)

Race 9 - 4:18PM CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION QUEENSLAND Fillies & Mares No Metro Wins Handicap (1200 METRES)
Another from the Tony Gollan stables is the ever-consistent SPLITTER who we tipped last start at Eagle Farm where she finished third behind Manaya who put four lengths on the field. Not many BM80 contenders would have beaten Manaya that day, but the honest Splitter battled on well to secure a podium finish for the 13th time from her 19 starts. The Foxwedge mare has only missed a top-three finish once I her past six starts and that day she was trapped wide and lost a plate when finishing fourth at Ipswich in October last year. She was spelled after that and returned to the track winning first-up at the Gold Coast in a class 4 over 1200m. If we take Manaya out of the picture last start, Splitter finishes second, beaten a nose by Seductive Dream. Third-up here and carrying a great record on wet tracks, she is another who looks great each-way value.
Result (scratched)

Race 10 - 4:55PM DESIRE TO INSPIRE Colts, Geldings and Entires No Metro Wins Handicap (1200 METRES)
A big field to finish the meeting and Steven O’Dea’s gelding TOTALLY CHARMED looks ideally placed to send us home winners. Winning three of his six starts last preparation, the I Am Invincible four-year-old has hit the ground running this time in. Resuming at Eagle Farm, he did a lot wrong in the run home but still grabbed second prize as he chased home Crusher in the 1000m sprint. The 1200m here will suit better being second-up and trainer O’Dea seems to agree, scratching the dual acceptor from the first of the day which is run over the 1050m trip. He is drawn nicely in barrier eight and should be sitting mid-field with cover. If he sees daylight turning for home, he will be storming home and can take this event out.
Result (unplaced)

March 2

Race 1 - 12:27PM LAZY YAK Class 3 Plate (1615 METRES)
After winning two on the trot, SURPRISE BULLET then stepped up in grade at his next two starts. While finishing unplaced in both runs, he was beaten less than three lengths on both occasions. His most recent effort saw him finish fifth (in class 6 company) behind Reckless Choice over the mile at Eagle Farm. He stuck on well in his first run after a six-week let-up. He drops in grade (big time) here and from barrier one will be doing very little work early on. He will prove hard to run down.
Result (scratched)

Race 2 - 1:02PM STAV, ABBY & MATT BenchMark 90 Handicap (2200 METRES)
After failing to get hot in Sydney, Chris Waller brought VAUCLUSE BAY to Brisbane and saw immediate improvement in the Al Maher gelding. Last start, he lined up in open company here over 2200m and beat all but follow suit home. He is now five starts into this preparation and going on his latest effort, he will be hard to beat here.
Result (1st - $5)

Race 5 - 2:52PM G.H. MUMM THE RUBY JEWEL PRELUDE 3-Y-O Plate (1200 METRES)
Back in the winner’s circle last start, the Ben Currie-trained MISHANI HUSTLER would have to do a lot wrong to lose this. The three-year-old has won five of his nine starts, with four of those victories coming on this track. He Toowoomba-based colt was third-up last start when he beat home a field of three-year-olds over the 1050m trip. The colt has won three of four at the track and trip and three-time winning jockey, Taylor Marshall, will be re-united with him and he looks the hardest to beat.
Result (1st - $2.80)

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.
Result (scratched)

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.
Result (3rd)

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.
Result (1st - $3.20)


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