Fri, Dec 15, 11:22am by Staff Writer
Black type racing continues in Brisbane with the Doomben track keeping up its relentless workload as Eagle Farm gets its continued makeover. The track is in the good range and the rail out four-metres.
The Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) is the feature race of the day with 13 set to line up and four runners fighting out favouritism.
Monsieur Gustave ($5) has won his last four starts, two of those being this preparation and three of those wins he’s been ridden by apprentice Tiffani Brooker who is yet to be defeated on him. Last start he held off a fast-finishing Calanda and Snoopy ($4.80) – the latter lining up here. That was Snoopy’s first start for new trainer Chris Munce and he’s one win and two minors from four second-up attempts.
Most Important ($5.50) won this race last year after taking out the Listed George Moore (1200m) while this year he finished a 0.6L fourth in the George Moore behind Monsieur Gustave. Privlaka ($6.50) is looking to make it three straight and she backs up after beating one-time boom filly Manaya last week over this track and distance. Manaya’s trainer Michael Costa lines up with Brooklyn Storm ($15) while Chris Waller saddles up Torgensen ($11) who’s had four recent runs from Waller’s QLD stable for a win (at the Gold Coast), two minors and a fourth (all at Doomben).
Pierata ($2.80) is a solid favourite in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) and he’s also on the top line of betting for the 3YO Magic Million Guineas in the new year. He’s won two from five and comes into this off a decisive last start win over the Doomben 1200m a fortnight ago.
Debonairly ($7) has drawn 12 of 12 but was a last start winner at Ballarat which was run on a heavy-8. Goodfella ($6.50) has drawn next door in barrier 11 and interestingly he’s ridden by Stephen Baster who has had so much luck with the Waterhouse/Bott stable in Melbourne while Super Ex ($7) is first-up and a winner of three of his four career starts.
With the lucrative Magic Millions carnival only a month away, many two-year-olds will be making their way to Queensland in the coming weeks but a disappointing field of five will line up in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) for 2YO colts and geldings. Ef Troop ($2.90) and Crocket ($2.90) have won their only start and both resume on Saturday. Ef Troop is $11 in early betting for the 2YO Magic Millions race while Crocket is $15. Rains Aplenty ($8) has had the three starts and finished third on each occasion while Commissioner ($3.50) and Doss ($11) make their race debut.
While it’s a small field for the boys a capacity field of 15 and three emergencies have accepted for the fillies two-year-old feature, the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m) although Boom Girl is an early scratching giving Amorita ($12) the chance to make her race debut.
Singular Sensation ($4) has won two from two and is at the top of the markets but she’s drawn wide in barrier 15 while Sunlight ($5) is on the second line of betting but fared no better drawing barrier 18.
Witherspoon ($5) was near favourite for the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) back in September and she’s had strong early support for Saturday while Outback Barbie ($7), Snicki Minaj ($8) and third emergency The Art of the Bar ($8) are the only other runners under double figures.
Suggested Bet: Long Time Ago ($1.90, race 5, number 2) is hovering around that even-money mark and if she stays around there she’s worth a bet. She was a Group 3 winner at Sandown two starts back before finishing third at Sandown – beaten 0.7L – on a heavy-9. She’s got more upside than these, she’s down in grade and if that last run on a heavy track hasn’t taken it out of her, she’ll be hard to beat down on the limit weight.
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