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Doomben Tips 12/04/2023

Our form expert provides Doomben tips for today’s horse racing at Doomben Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 8:  No.7  STARZAM  ($3.70 with Neds)

The Kelly Schweida-trained STARZAM is four starts into this preparation and should be ready to rock today. Last start, the Starspangledbanner gelding came off back-to-back second prize finishes when he just missed the podium in a Class 3 Plate over 1400m at Eagle Farm. With Jim Byrne aboard, he drew the outside gate (11) and having to settle at the rear, was too far back to be a winning chance but still ran home strongly to grab fourth spot, beaten just a length on the line. He still clocked his last 600m, 5.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. It’s a different ball game today as he gets the gun-run from gate one and has Jim Byrne in the saddle again. Rock-hard fit after four starts this preparation and already a winner at the track, he will take beating today.



Race 5:  No.7  LEERY  ($5.50 with Ladbrokes)

The Toowoomba-based galloper LEERY has found the podium at her past four starts and looks poised to keep the trend going here today. Last start, all her good work was rewarded when she broke through for her first win in a Maiden Plate over 1838m at Eagle Farm. She settled back in the field that day and finished too strong for them, grabbing victory on the line. She ran the trip out, 2 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best last-start effort here. She also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. The six-year-old was a late starter, having just five career-starts to date but appears to have settled in well and the Class 1 challenge here shouldn’t pose too many problems for her today. Angela Jones sticks with her and with the runs already on the board, she looks a serious player in this contest.



Race 6:  No.1  RISING  ($6.50 with Palmerbet)

Formerly with the Maher & Eustace stable, RISING is now in the hands of Scone trainer Brett Cavanough and looks well placed here for his first run on a QLD track today. Last start, the I Am Invincible gelding had his first run on his new home track and made an instant impression as he came off a 20-week break and took out an Open Hcp over 1000m. Carrying 58kgs on fresh legs, he led from barrier to box, despite racing a little erratically in the run home. He has won four of his career-starts to date and the drop in grade here should see him very competitive in this contest. Damien Thornton has the reins today and from gate six, he maps to be up there looking for the lead. Fitter for that first-up win, he can give this a real shake.