Race 1 - 11:32am
The Chris Waller stable will saddle up three of the seven runners in the first at Doomben on Saturday and a win by any one of them would not surprise. Apprentice Lee Magorrian has jumped off Irish Optimism and will ride stablemate Exoteric who is coming off a last start sixth in the 2000m Toowoomba Cup. Xebec was rewarded for his consistency with a win over a similar distance at Doomben last start and will be hard to beat again with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle.
Race 2 - 12:07pm
Eagle Farm trainer Lindsay Gough has two strong chances here with Secret Mo and Oradonna. Secret Mo has been placed at his last two starts over this course and distance and is due for win. Apprentice Micheal Murphy has retained the ride and barrier eight from this tricky start shouldn’t disadvantage the on pace runner. Oradonna is resuming and an inside barrier will greatly help the chances of the mare who hasn’t started since finishing eighth at the Sunshine Coast in September. Yarrapower was a winner over the same course and distance at two of his last three starts and is one of the main chances again. Whycatchim has been placed at his last three starts but has drawn wide at this tricky start.
2 Units Secret Mo
Race 3 - 12:42pm
Cuddle Me Tight has the blinkers fitted for his Doomben assignment after running second on debut as favourite at Toowoomba on April 7. The Ben Currie trained filly will have gained a lot of experience from that run and an inside barrier draw is a big advantage from this start. Pennino and Sizzling Ace are set to clash again after running the quinella at the Sunshine Coast in January and both youngsters have shown enough to be solid chances here. Wicked Ways, Archade and Eskdale Girl will be given their chance in town following wins at the provincials.
4 Units Cuddle Me Tight
Race 4 - 1:17pm
Givus A Cuddle was a winner over the same course and distance as Saturday’s assignment three starts back and comes back to town following a last start second over 1625m at Toowoomba on Toowoomba Cup Day. Apprentice Taylor Marshall’s 2kg claim will came in handy on the Ben Currie trained mare. Sharpamal was also a winner over a similar distance at Doomben two starts back and heads back to town following a second at Beaudesert and Char Char is also being given his chance in the city after finishing third at Ipswich last start. Savwell has been freshened up since a last start fourth over 2220m while Lyricist is stepping up in distance following a fourth over 1350m at Doomben.
2 Units Givus A Cuddle
Race 5 - 1:52pm
First emergency A Shin Rock has gained a spot in the field following a couple of early scratchings and has been installed as the favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au. The Anthony Freedman trained Japanese import will be having his first run in Australia and is a winner of one race from nine starts in Japan and race day betting activity will be a good guide to his first up chances. Viaductress has consistent overall form and is stepping up in distance following his last start second over 1200m in a Doomben Class 6. My Little Flicka will also be stretch to the 1350m as she attempts to claim a hat trick of wins after saluting at her last two starts at Doomben over 1110m and 1200m.
3 Units Each Way Viaductress
Race 6 - 2:27pm
Whypeeo showed plenty of ability over the Summer months including a fourth to Pierata in the $2m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas over 1400m at the Gold Coast in January. The Toby Edmonds trained three year old has drawn in close and has the services of premiership leading jockey Jeff Lloyd and is one of the main chances in the Mick Dittman Plate. Trainer James Cummings is stepping Marble straight up to Stakes company following his impressive mid-week win at Rosehill but the Exceed And Excel colt has to overcome a wide barrier if he is to win back to back races. Meikas has drawn the covered number one alley from this tricky start and has won a recent Doomben barrier trial in preparartion for her return to the race track. Aggravate, Voulait and Basara are all up class after out of town wins.
3 Units Each Way Meikas
Race 7 - 3:07pm
The Anthony Freedman trained Mr Sneaky has performed well at Group 1 level and looks well placed in the Ascot Handicap over 1200m on Saturday. Regan Bayliss has the task to negotiate a wide barrier but Mr Sneaky has the class to get the job done. Weetwood Handicap winner Amanaat heads back to the city after claiming a home town victory in Toowoomba’s feature sprint and has a great chance to score a hat trick after winning at Doomben the start before. Hopfgarten will be fitter for his first up seventh in the Weetwood Handicap and equal top weight Charlie Boy always runs an honest race.
3 Units Mr Sneaky
Race 8 - 3:47pm
One of the feature races on the nine event card, The Tails Stakes, looks to be an open affair with seven runners under the $10 mark at Ladbrokes.com.au in the capacity sixteen horse field. On course caller David Fowler and Sky Racing’s Josh Fleming will be hoping that the tongue twisters Pelethronius, Tumultuous and Emphasis don’t fight out the finish at the end of the 1600m contest. Tumultuous will be better suited over more ground, while Emphasis and Pelethronius are ready to step up to the 1600m of the Tails Stakes. Victorian four year old Violate will also be looking for the 1600m after two runs at 1400m at Flemington and Caulfield, while Bedford is dropping back in distance following a last start fourth over 2000m at Caulfield..
2 Units Violate
Race 9 - 4:27pm
Toowoomba speedster Mr Marbellouz appears to have a mortgage on the last and from barrier one looks certain to make it five wins on the trot. The Kevin Kemp trained four year old’s last two wins have been over the Doomben 1200m course and apprentice Jag Guthmann-Chester’s 2kg claim will come in handy again on the brilliant front runner. Mr Marbellouz has been installed the odds on favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au while River Racer at $9 and Freddie Fox Trot at $9.50 are the only other runners under the $10 mark. I will stick to my moto, ‘odds on, look on’.