Doomben Preview – Saturday 17th February

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Race 1 - 12:32pm

QTIS 2yo Handicap (1110m)

Pinch Memory scored on debut over 1050m at Doomben on February 3 and will be hard to beat again with that race experience under his belt. The Robert Heathcote trained Denman youngster has the luxury of the inside gate from the tricky 1110m start and Brisbane’s leading jockey Jeff Lloyd is certain to give him the run of the race in the small eight horse field. The Northern Rivers trained She’s Choosie is undefeated from three race starts, twice on her home track at Grafton and once at Coffs Harbour and is certain to give a good account of herself at her first trip to the city.

4 Units Pinch Memory

Race 2 - 1:07pm

BenchMark 70 Handicap (1050m)

We will stick with Jeff Lloyd who will give Yarrapower every chance from barrier two from another tricky start at the 1050m. The Darryl Hansen trained Yarrapower is back to his right class after finishing fourth in a 1000m Class 6 at the Sunshine Coast last start. Toowoomba trained Now You See will be able to use her early speed to take advantage of the inside gate at her first run back since October and Squeemi, also trained on the Downs, will be looking to keep her consistent record intact after producing three wins and seven placings from his last ten starts.

2 Units Yarrapower

Race 3 - 1:42pm

QTIS 3yo Handicap (1050m)

The Toby Edmonds trained Alleviator kept his followers happy with a debut win over 900m at the Gold Coast and will get all the favours again from barrier one in the eleven horse field for the three year olds. Jeff Lloyd is in the saddle again and will be looking to team up with Edmonds for another win. The Chris Munce trained Skate To Paris showed above average ability during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Carnival with two Listed Race placings and Larry Cassidy will give the Bradbury’s Luck filly every chance from barrier four. Sista Act is the winner of her last two starts at the Sunshine Coast but has to overcome the outside barrier.

4 Units Alleviator

Race 4 - 2:17pm

Open Handicap (1630m)

Jeff Lloyd hasn’t got a ride in the Open Handicap so we will go to the next hoop on the jockey’s premiership ladder, Robbie Fradd, who will be riding the top weight Torgersen. The Chris Waller trained Torgersen was back in the winner’s stall over 1666m at Ipswich last start and looks the one to beat again. Colour Charge from the Sunshine Coast chased home Torgersen when third at Ipswich and could figure in the prizemoney again and Brazen Moss with Jim Byrne in the saddle is one for the exotics.

5 Units Torgersen

Race 5 - 2:52pm

Class 3 Plate (1630m)

Arazona has been racing consistently with two wins and three placings from her last five starts and Liam Birchley has brought her back to town following her all the way four lengths win over 1666m at Ipswich last start. Ronnie Stewart won’t have to spend very much gas finding the front again from barrier three on the High Chaparral mare and she will be hard to run down. It is hard to fault the form of the equal top weight Diamonds Are who is a winner of three of her last four starts at the Gold Coast. The Michael Costa trained four year old has drawn in the middle of the field and Scott Galloway will give him every chance to figure in the prizemoney again. A wide barrier won’t help the chances of Rhyming who was narrowly beaten as favourite over a similar distance at Doomben last start.

2 Units Arazona

Race 6 - 3:33pm

BenchMark 80 Handicap (1200m)

Courtza King is back to his pet distance of 1200m after being narrowly beaten over 1350m at his last start in a Class 6 at Doomben. The Tony Gollan trained six year old, a three times winner over 1200m, will appreciate the 1.5kg claim from apprentice Alannah Fancourt who will give him every chance from barrier three in the large field. The Ben Currie trained Publishing Power is the winner of three of his last four starts and Jim Byrne should be able to give him a lovely run in transit from barrier five. Tiffani Brooker, who is a new addition to the senior riding ranks, will again be aboard Beaudragon who she steered to victory over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast last start and the six year old looks suited here.

2 Units Each Way Courtza King

Race 7 - 4:17pm

BenchMark 75 Handicap (2030m)

Chris Waller is the go to man here with three of the sixteen runners, all with solid claims. Jeff Lloyd will be looking for a way to find the winner’s stall on Houdini The Great who has been placed twice from his last three starts. Damian Browne takes the mount on Kirini who was a winner two starts back at the Gold Coast over 2200m while Shield Wall with Robbie Fradd in the saddle again comes back to town after scoring a confidence boosting win at Ipswich. Doubt Defying and Perilous Love are last start winners but both have to contend with wide barriers.

2 Units Kirini

Race 8 - 4:53pm

Open Handicap (1110m)

Malvern Estate has drawn the coveted number one marble from the 1110m start and Michael Cahill will be able to give the Desleigh Forster trained gelding every chance to claim his fourth win on the trot following his three wins at the Sunshine Coast. Tisani Tomso is coming off a last start win at Doomben over 1200m and has also drawn in close at gate two. The speedy Boomwaa has been racing consistently of late with a win and two placings from his last three starts at Doomben but will have to use all of his customary early speed to overcome a wide barrier. New South Wales visitor Supreme Effort will appreciate the drop in class and barrier three will help to compensate his top weight of 59kg.

2 Units Malvern Estate

Race 9 - 5:30pm

Class 6 Plate (1350m)

Dual acceptor Courtza King was narrowly beaten over the same course and distance as this week’s contest and will get his chance to find the winner’s stall from barrier two. Apprentice Alannah Fancourt takes the ride again and her 1.5kg claim will come in very handy on the Tony Gollan trained gelding. The Chris Waller trained Fortensky has solid Sydney form with two wins and a second from his latest three starts and his ability to race on the pace should see him take up a handy position from an outside draw. Oink is overdue for a win after being runner up at his last two starts and Clockwork Orange is chasing a hat trick after wins at Doomben and the Sunshine Coast.

5 Units Fortensky

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