Doomben Preview – Saturday 20th January

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Race 1 - 12:27pm

QTIS two year old Handicap (1110m)

The two year olds step out for the first race at Doomben on Saturday with three of the eight runners facing the starter for the first time. On exposed form the Toowoomba winner Spirit’s Missile and the Mark Webb trained Clockwise who won on debut at the Sunshine Coast should figure in the prizemoney again. Winter Passage has shown some ability with a recent barrier trial win at the Sunshine Coast in preparation for her debut whilst first starters For The Records and Camboomya will wear blinkers.

No bet

Race 2 - 1:02pm

BenchMark 90 Handicap (1630m)

Hunter Jack comes to Brisbane with some good Sydney form with seconds at his last three starts at Rosehill, Canterbury and Randwick. The Tim Martin trained eight year has to overcome the outside barrier in the eight horse field but apprentice Michael Murphy’s 3kg claim should go a long way to compensating that inconvenience. Zahspeed from a better drew at three is dropping back in class and a better performance is anticipated after finishing down the track in the Listed Bernborough Handicap. Slydini will get a nice run up on the speed from barrier four.

2 Units Slydini

Race 3 - 1:37pm

0 – 70 Handicap (1630m)

The Chris Waller trained Iowa gets her chance to return to the winner’s stall after being placed at her last two starts over a similar distance at the Doomben midweeks. The All American filly broke through for her maiden win at the Gold Coast three starts back and should get every chance from barrier five from this tricky start. The Robert Heathcote trained Downloading is also nearing a win but has to overcome an awkward draw and Rogali comes back to town after finding the winner’s stall at Coffs Harbour.

4 Units Iowa

Race 4 - 2:12pm

QTIS three year old Handicap (1350m)

Bat A Kat is up in the weights after scoring a very impressive win at the Gold Coast last start over 1200m, coming from worse than midfield on the home turn. Michael Cahill takes over from Jeff Lloyd and the Darryl Hansen trained three year old has every chance to make it back to back wins from barrier six. Dream Kisses finished second to Bat A Kat at the Gold Coast and will be around the prizemoney again while Trommelschlagen is chasing a hat trick after two wins at Ipswich.

2 Units Bat A Kat

Race 5 - 2:52pm

Open Handicap (1050m)

Tarzan is a winner of four of his last five starts and heads back to town following his win over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast. The Stuart Kendrick trained five year was a winner three starts back over the same course and distance as Saturday’s contest and Luke Tarrant will be able to settle Tarzan in a handy position from barrier five. Top weight Stella Ombra and Straturbo are both winners over Saturday’s course and distance.

2 Units Tarzan

Race 6 - 3:32pm

Class 6 Handicap (1350m)

Plucky Girl is up sharply in the weights after scoring over 1400m at the Gold Coast but her overall form has been consistent and she should be amongst the prizemoney again. Stonecast and Dapper One ran one, two last start over this course and distance and are worth throwing into the multiples and the quaddie. Motion Granted is fitter for two runs back from a spell and is ready to step up to the 1350m following his last start third over 1200m at the Gold Coast. Pegapus is also not without a chance down in the weights from an inside barrier and dual acceptor Courtza King is fitter for recent racing and will get every chance from the inside barrier.

2 Units Each Way Motion Granted

Race 7 - 4:12pm

BenchMark 75 Handicap (2200m)

Michael Cahill has the job of slotting into a winning position on Kirini from an awkward barrier and if luck goes his way in the run to the first turn, the Chris Waller trained mare will be hard to beat again. Kirini was a winner over the same course and distance three starts back and was also a last start winner over the 2200m at the Gold Coast. Expertea also ran a solid race over the 2200m at the Gold Coast when third at his latest outing and is a light weight chance.

4 Units Kirini

Race 8 - 4:47pm

BenchMark 85 Handicap (1200m)

Publishing Power has been slaying his rivals in Toowoomba and is a winner at his last two starts with a combined winning margin of eight and a quarter lengths. The Ben Currie trained four year old will only have to carry 51kg with the aid of apprentice Michael Murphy’s 3kg claim and has drawn nicely at barrier four. Top weight Il Mio Destino has filled the placings at his last two starts and will be thereabouts again.

2 Units Publishing Power

Race 9 - 5:27pm

Class 3 Plate (1200m)

Happy Hooves has his hoof on the till with a win and two seconds from his last three starts and will appreciate apprentice Alannah Fancourt’s 1.5kg claim. Trainer Tony Gollan has a great chance to saddle up the quinella with Brigadoon Rise also filling the minor placings at her last two outings at Doomben. Conniving has the blinkers on and will get every chance from from barrier two.

2 Units The Quinella Happy Hooves and Brigadoon Rise