Thu, May 24, 2:46pm by Staff Writer
Brisbane racing is back at Doomben on Saturday with two Group 1’s highlighting a day that will most likely play a part going further into the Brisbane Winter Carnival. The rail is out 4.5m and the track will be in the good range.
Chris Waller has won two of the past three G1 QLD Oaks (2200m) with Egg Tart taking it out last year and Winx in 2015, and this year he’s got another strong hold in the race with five runners accepted.
Youngstar ($2.70) has won three of six with all her wins coming at her last three starts. She was good when winning a BM68 at Newcastle over 1885m before a strong win in the G2 Doomben Roses (2000m) last start when coming from back in the field and running past stable mate Another Dollar ($5) to win comfortably by a length.
Another Dollar has had six career starts and all of them have been in Queensland. She’s won two from six with her last two runs being runner-up behind Youngstar (in the Roses) and Torvill (in the Listed Bracelet) before that. Savacool ($7) has made the trip over from SA after finishing midfield in the G1 SA Oaks (2000m) while Impulsive ($81) and Miss Shanti ($81) are the other of the Waller quintet.
Aloisia ($7) is a G1 1000 Guineas (1600m) winner of last spring and she’s having her fourth ‘Oaks’ start having run in the VRC Oaks (placed sixth), ATC Oaks (placed seventh) and the SA Oaks (placed sixth), the last two at her last two runs.
John Sargent has a good association with 3YO fillies and he saddles up Tinkermosa ($16). Sheezdashing ($8) has been runner-up at her last three runs – including the SA Oaks – while Coral Coast ($26) is an interesting runner for the in-form Anthony Freedman yard but drawn poorly in barrier 16 of 16.
Kris Lees won the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) last year with Clearly Innocent and this year he takes favourite Le Romain ($3) into the race. The five-year-old gelding – and three-time Group 1 winner – has been racing well this campaign with two minors in G1 company and both within 0.4L of the winner. He’s also had a change of luck with the barriers compared to his past few runs drawing five for Saturday.
Impending ($4.40) was fourth in this race last year – run at Eagle Farm – before going on to win the G1 Stradbroke (1350m) – at Doomben – at his next start. He then had two starts in the spring for two minor placings and returned a winner this campaign with a G2 Victory Stakes (1200m) win before a close second to English ($5) in the G1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
English got her second Group 1 career victory last start in the 10,000, her first being in the All Aged Stakes back in April 2016. 15 of her 25 starts have been at the top level and she’s generally competitive, especially given suitable circumstances. She drew one last start and has drawn the inside marble again here.
Care To Think ($8.50) has won six of his 13 career starts and been runner-up on a further four occasions. He’s won three from four at the track and four from five at the distance although he’s drawn 11 of 11 here. James McDonald is booked to ride as he makes a long-awaited return to G1 racing following an 18-month disqualification.
Champagne Cuddles ($4.80) was a last minute acceptor for this race with Bjorn Baker opting for this over the G3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) and she’s been strongly supported in early betting. Lucky Hussler ($23) is first-up since his Magic Millions run when midfield to Care To Think although he did win a G2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley during the spring.
Volpe Veloce ($21) has won ten of her 15 including a G1 Railway Stakes (1200m) in NZ three starts back. Endless Drama ($26) is back after a small Sydney Autumn prep while Most Important ($34) and Monsieur Gustave ($67) round out the field and represent the locals.
Suggested Bet: Finding it hard to tip against the favourite in the Oaks so going to stick with Youngstar ($2.70, race 8, number 3). She’s been ultra-impressive leading into this and drawn ideally in barrier four with K McEvoy to steer. There’s a few worthy opponents in the race – including a couple of her stable mates – but there’s also a long tail so given even luck, she can make it four in a row and give Waller his third QLD Oaks in four years.
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