Doomben Preview & Best Bets – 15/11/2023
Doomben Tips for Wednesday, November 15
Our form expert provides Doomben tips for today’s horse racing at Doomben Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 6: No.6 EVOCATOR ($3.90 with Ladbrokes)
The Barry Lockwood-trained EVOCATOR is in good touch this time in and looks well placed here to play a major role in the outcome of this contest. Last start, the Divine Prophet gelding dropped back from a mile to the 1400m and it appeared to work as he beat all but one home in a BM68 Hcp at Eagle Farm. Jockey Martin Harley protested unsuccessfully after coming from well back in the field to miss victory by a whisker on the line. The winner (Corfe Castle appeared to shift out on him over the final 50m, but stewards were of the opinion that it was enough to take the race off the Team Edmonds-trained gelding. Harley boasts a 38% strike rate with the stable and sticks with him today. From gate six, he maps to settle near mid-field and gets his chance to bring up career win number five here.
NEXT BEST 🥈
Race 8: No.6 COURT WHISPERS ($5.25 with Bet Right)
The David Vandyke-trained COURT WHISPERS has been right on her game since joining the stable and yet to miss a podium finish in three starts this preparation, looks set to go on with it today. Last start, the Dissident mare came off her maiden win at the Sunshine Coast when she almost went back-to-back, but had to settle for second prize in a BM55 Hcp over 1300m on the same track. She drops back to the 1200m trip here as she makes her Doomben debut where today she has Cejay Graham in the saddle for the first time. After her claim, she carries 56kgs here which is 3.5kgs less than last start. Drawn well in gate seven, she maps to settle better than mid-field and with a clear crack at the front-running speed, she looks a genuine first prize contender today.
BEST VALUE 💰
Race 7: No.8 THE LIONS’ GATE ($6.50 with bet365)
Matt Dunn pops over the border today and saddles-up THE LIONS’ GATE here who is second-up and looks well placed to make a serious throw at the stumps here. Last start, the Vancouver gelding resumed off a lengthy eight-month break and on fresh legs, he finished a creditable third (beaten just over a length) in a Class 1 Hcp over 1200m at Eagle Farm with Martin Harley in the saddle. Drawn ideally today in gate three, he maps to settle in the first half-dozen and should be close enough to attack when the time is right. His only visit to the track was four starts back where he won his Maiden comfortably as a $4 favourite. Placed when second-up previously, he looks right in the mix today.