Fri, May 27, 2:19pm by Kevin Pitstock
The action continues at Doomben this weekend with the venue’s biggest race, the Doomben 10,000. Black Caviar may have decided to stay away, but the next best thing Hay List looks almost impossible to beat.
Doomben Race 4 – The Pheonix Betting Preview & Odds
The first of the main races (Race 4) is The Phoenix, a listed race over 1350 metres for two year olds. A good race with most runners on the way to the T J Smith and it is where we find out traders best bet of the day. The kiwi Shanghai Bund was caught wide the entire trip behind Benfica, yet was still finding the line. The extra 150 metres will definitely suit and he is drawn much better here.
Saramenha is the favourite but is considered a ‘lay’. She has been up a long time for a two year old and looked a tad flat on the line, so 1350 metres is definitely a query. Cindarockinrella does get the benefit of Corey Brown taking the ride but will be tested at this level, while Lucky Morna will appreciate drawing out wider as she didn’t handle being inside horses last start.
The lightly raced Fontelina is the horse that could improve enough from his first start to win here. Up in class but looks as though he is a talented youngster.
Saramanha $3.50, Shanghai Bund $4.60, Lucky Morna $6.00, Fontelina $6.00, Cindarockinrella $6.00, Sweet Reward $14.00, Lady Mary $17.00, Others $21.00 & above.
Doomben Race 5 – The Grand Prix Stakes Betting Preview & Odds
Race 5 is the Grand Prix Stakes; a Group 3 race over 2200 metres which is a stepping stone through to the Derby. It is a tough race for punters with many chances where the only filly in the race, Fillydelphia, is the query runner. She won well after finally getting some luck last start, but it seems a strange decision by Robert Heathcote to run her before next week’s Queensland Oaks. He is an astute trainer, so despite that, our traders suggest she be included in all options.
Peck will be a much better horse on a dry track after two runs on the heavy and will be looking for extra ground.
Chateau Fort is another risk where our traders think he is a ‘lay’. There is a question mark whether he has the class to win this.
Turnitup seems to have come from nowhere, but has to be respected with the Moody/ Nolen combination, while Leading is a Sydney visitor also looking for the distance. Others to include in multiples are Playaction and Alma’s Fury. Both were good in the ‘Rough Habit’ and both will appreciate a drier track.
Fillydelphia $4.20, Chateau Fort $5.50, Peck $6.50, Turnitup $8.00, Hour Of Peril $11.00, Leading $10.00, The Chevron $15.00, Alma’s Fury $17.00, Others $17.00 & above.
Doomben Race 6 – The Premiers Cup Betting Preview & Odds
The Premiers Cup (Race 6) is where we find our traders ‘lay of the day”. Fanjura is the favourite, but he is untried at 2200 metres, hasn’t won for a year and has to carry 58kg. He has also drawn in barrier one so might need a lot of luck. The Hombre is a better option at better odds. Down in class from the Doomben Cup and ideally drawn to get the run of the race.
Count Encosta is edging closer to a win, while there was nothing wrong with the last start second by Viking Hero. Shuffle The Cash should appreciate the speed on up front and will be charging home. The booking of Luke Nolen should not be ignored.
Those punters playing wide in multiples can include American Gangster at huge odds. Three starts back he won at the track and distance and while up in class goes much better on dry ground.
Fanjura $5.00, Count Encosta $6.50, The Hombre $6.50, Viking Hero $8.00, Mr Clangtastic $9.00, Humma $12.00, Shuffle The Cash $14.00, Others $14.00 & above.
Doomben Race 7 – The Doomben 10,000 Betting Preview & Odds
The feature race of the day is the Group One Doomben 10,000 (Race 7). While Black Caviar was a runner, it looked a foregone conclusion and now she isn’t running, it still looks a foregone conclusion although now with Hay List. He has the speed to either lead or sit behind another runner should they fancy taking up the challenge.
Whatever happens when they settle down, he will win and win comfortably. Beaded looks to be the horse to fill the runner-up role, something Hay List is used to. She is ultra consistent and while on the way to the Stradbroke, she should belt home for second. Love Conquers All placed in the Doncaster and although prefers the sting out of the ground, should fill the placings.
Hay List $1.30, Beaded $8.00, Love Conquers All $9.00, Border Rebel $18.00, Buffering $21.00, All Silent $41.00, Black Piranha $41.00, No Evidence Needed $61.00, Snipers Bullet $101.00.
Doomben Race 8 – The Cheif De Beers Betting Preview & Odds
The final race of the day (Race 8) is the Chief De Beers , a listed race over 1100 metres named after the legend of Doomben. Balavan is the favourite, but in a race where our traders suggest punters tread warily, he is a risk. He has won 5 of 7 so obviously has talent but is up in class and it is hard to line up form here.
Cariad is at juicy odds and while she is a bit scary and unpredictable is capable of winning and only has to carry the minimum. Probably better over 1200 metres but with plenty of speed on up front she can get home in time. Perugin Thought will also want for some pace on early as he will be charging home and the stable is flying.
Beethog is a ‘lay’ as she won’t get her own way in front in particular not back amongst the males. Both Carry The Clubs and Gundy Son were good last start when beating Perugin Thought with Gundy Son better suited as he drops down in weight and races well second up.
Balavan $4.00, Gundy Son $6.00, Carry The Clubs $8.00, Perugin Thought $8.50, Beethog $9.00, Cariad $14.00, Fab Fevola $14.00, Others $15.00 & above.
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