Fri, May 18, 10:46am by Staff Writer
Group 1 racing is at Doomben on Saturday where the rail is out two-metres and the track in the good range.
A field of 13 have accepted for the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) although It’s Somewhat is an early scratching.
Oregan’s Day ($4.60) got a well-deserved win in the traditional lead up to this race when taking out the G2 Hollindale (1800m) beating many of her opponents here. She’s been second on three other occasions with prep – all at G1, G2 and G3 level, and all when beaten by 0.2L or 0.3L.
Ambitious ($4.60) from the Anthony Freedman yard is equal favourite for the race and he’s having his fourth Australian start with his best effort being when second to Almandin in the G1 Tancred (2000m) during the Sydney autumn.
With It’s Somewhat a scratching, Chris Waller saddles up half the field. Comin’ Through ($10) has been racing consistently this campaign winning the G2 Ajax (1500m) when second-up and then finishing second to Happy Clapper in the G1 Doncaster (1600m) after that. He’s finished midfield at his past two runs and interestingly four of his five wins have been at either of his first two runs in a campaign.
Life Less Ordinary ($11) had been struggling to notch up a win but he’s put two straight, his most recent an emphatic 4.3L win in the Listed Wagga Cup (2000m).
Egg Tart ($12) hasn’t won since her winning sequence which ended in an G1 QLD Oaks (2200m) victory roughly this time last year. She’s raced in the top grade since although she has been mixing her form and maybe a soft track will be her best chance.
Tom Melbourne ($10) is becoming well known for his ‘non-winning’ streak but he has been runner-up in some quality races. Satono Rasen ($5.50) is having his third start in Australia – and was good last start in the G2 Hollindale (1800m) – while One Foot in Heaven ($51) is also having his third start in Oz but is yet to really show anything although he was heavily supported when first-up.
Tradesman ($12) got the money for Darren Weir supporters at ‘The ‘Bool’ last start while Man of his Word ($26) is consistent although his last win was back in December 2016.
A near capacity field of 15 will line up in the G3 BRC Sprint (1350m) with Chris Waller’s Tougherthantherest ($10) looking for his fourth straight win with six from 12 overall. A recent addition to the Waller yard he’s only missed the place once although he’s drawn barrier 14 here which might make his assignment that little bit tougher – and he is also an acceptor down at Rosehill.
Mr Sneaky ($6.50) came up to Queensland a littler earlier than most winter carnival contenders but he failed to fire a shot when ninth of 11 here at Doomben on a heavy-8.
Bassett ($9.50) is up from Victoria and was a last start third to Handsome Thief – beaten 0.9L – who races in the G1 Goodwood (1200m) in SA.
Test the World ($3.60) has six wins and six minors from her 13 career starts and has never finished further back than fourth – and in that race she was beaten by 0.4L.
Moher ($21) is third-up for Godolphin and will be better for his two runs. Ulmann ($10) is second-up and was a winner last campaign when second-up but he’s got top weight of 59kg and will jump from barrier 11. Snippet’s Land ($13) won this race in 2016 while Charlie Boy ($14) won it in 2015, the latter now in the hands of Tony Gollan who also saddles up I’m a Rippa ($13) with Privlaka ($7) for Rob Heathcote given the best hope according to early markets.
Suggested Bet: He’s hardly a horse you could back with confidence but at his price, Chauffeur ($5, Doomben race 6, number 1) is worth a gamble. He’s raced in much better company than this and was second in a G3 San Domenico (1100m) last campaign when first-up. Yes, he’s only won the one from ten – and that was his debut – but at set weights and under the care of Brad Widdup, he’s worth another chance.
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