Doomben Tips April 4
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Doomben Tips – April 4
Race 3 – 1:07PM NUTURF QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1350 METRES)
Impressive after just two starts, DEJANOVA looks better than an even chance of going on with it in this. She drew badly on debut, jumping from gate 12 (of 14) and understandably was caught wide (no cover) early. She did a super job to finish third considering all the extra ground she covered. Last start, she drew a better gate and with the experience of that first run, managed to score her maiden win, doing it comfortably in the end. That win indicated she should have no trouble handling the step up to the 1350m trip here. Nicely bred, by Stratum out of a Savabeel mare, she looks a promising filly. Winning jockey Steph Thornton remains aboard and ideally drawn in gate two, she looks a great each-way chance again.
Race 7 – 3:47PM KIRIN QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)
Another filly who looks a promising type is the David Vandyke-trained OKEECHOBEE who has already made a mark winning two of her three starts to date. After finishing third on debut in a two-year-old H’cap on this track, Vandyke gave her a look at her home track at the Sunshine Coast where she immediately made an impact, winning 1000m maiden plate with a powerful finish. She had 13 rivals that day and no less than six of those have gone on to win since then. Resuming, from a six-month spell, the Sebring filly picked up where she left off and in Class 1 company held on to win the 1000m event on a heavy 8 that day. She has since enjoyed a six-week let-up and will again be on fresh legs here. She maps well from gate five and with a good pace on, she should be there at the finish.
Race 8 – 4:23PM TAB OPEN Handicap (1615 METRES)
With the early scratching of topweight Silvera, this makes the task of winning a little easier for PLITVICE to upset race favourite Get Stuck In. Trained across the road at Eagle Farm by Robert Heathcote, the ever-consistent four-year-old has strung together five top-three finishes in a row, winning three of those. Two starts back, he proved too good for a BM75 field at Eagle Farm over the mile. Then last start, he stepped up to BM80 grade for the first time and again drew wide but still gave a good account of himself, finishing third behind Benfica Princess, conceding her 2.5kgs in the race. Here, the well-bred gelding (by Mossman out of a Danehill mare) has finally drawn a decent gate and should find the perfect sit from gate three. The run home here against Get Stuck In and Magnufighter should be the highlight of the race. Fitness may just be the difference here.