A quality 10-race program is on the cards at Doomben on Saturday with several wide-open betting contests on offer.
The track is currently rated a Soft 5 with showers forecast, making this meeting a bit of a minefield for punters to navigate.
To help you out, we’ve cast our eyes over all 10 races in our preview below.
Race 1 - 11:23am AEDT
Create Your Spring Calendar Class 3 Plate (1110m)
Tony Gollan’s four-year-old mare Niedorp is resuming from a spell and is looking to add to her outstanding track record at Doomben.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt has won three times and found the placings on two other occasions in five starts. She’s also won twice previously first-up and is more than capable of leading these all the way from the front.
Gin ’N’ Bitters has to be respected on her first-up run when fifth a fortnight ago behind Saturday’s rival Genzai The Wolf.
The Sebring mare made up a stack of ground after sitting eighth at the turn and can easily take this out with even luck from out wide.
2 Units Gin N’ Bitters
Race 2 - 11:58am AEDT
Driver Recruitment QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m)
Xerri is deserving of another win after running into the money in three of his last four runs.
The Snitzel gelding finished two lengths third over this same trip a fortnight ago after settling midfield and is expected to roll a little further forward this time from a much kinder draw.
Stablemate Jetty is only lightly-raced but did win on debut during the Autumn over the same trip at the Gold Coast as a two-year-old.
The inside draw might make things interesting down the straight but his best would definitely be enough to win this.
Better Lad could be the one over the odds. The Trevor Miller gelding won his maiden fresh but found no luck second-up over the track and distance. He has done some of his best racing from the wide alley though, so I’m keen to have something on him each way.
2 Units Xerri
1 Unit EW Better Lad
Race 3 - 12:33pm AEDT
Bucher Municipal Class 6 Handicap (1615m)
Ziemba won over the mile coming off a similar setup this time last year and looks the horse to beat under Stephanie Thornton.
The four-year-old found the money for third over the 1350m last December before winning by two lengths over the mile at Eagle Farm in his next start. Robert Heathcote has followed an eerily similar setup this time around and all signs suggest he wants further.
A case can also be made for Destiny’s Own carrying the top weight.
The six-year-old by Sepoy copped a bump in his last start at Ipswich coming down the straight but still held his ground to win by nearly a length. He’ll appreciate the mile now and has found the money third-up previously.
3 Units Ziemba
Race 4 - 1:08pm AEDT
SUEZ SPRING 2YO Plate (1110m)
Race 4 at Doomben is a two-year-old sprint with very little exposed form to base an opinion on.
Alert and Ready has been black booked by plenty and saw some strong support on debut at Toowoomba where she lost the rider in the late stages.
She went on to run second in her next start at Doomben over a similar distance and should be better for the experience, particularly from another awkward gate.
Ghostwriter is on debut coming off two very impressive trial wins at Randwick and Warwick Farm over the last month. The colt out of I Am Invincible cost $975k at the sales and is worth a small shout in this field.
1 Unit Ghostwriter
Race 5 - 1:43pm AEDT
Daimler Trucks Brisbane BM72 Handicap (2020m)
Ocean Treaty is looking to make it four in a row as she steps out beyond the 1800m for the first time.
The distance does look a slight query, but she should get a lovely run in transit from barrier 6 if the track stays dry enough by this point in the day.
Checkmate Lad is having his third run back from a spell after being narrowly beaten on the line over the 1800m at the Gold Coast last week.
The six-year-old has won previously on the short back up and looks good value with two wins at Doomben to his name.
Bronzegate is tough to fault on his recent form and was unlucky not to score over a little further at Ipswich behind Saturday’s rival Takeitothelimit.
The short backup looks a nice option for the eight-year-old, especially considering he’s found the money in his last two runs.
1 Unit Checkmate Lad
Race 6 - 2:23pm AEDT
Nugrow QTIS 3YO Fillies Handicap (1200m)
Paredo was simply outstanding first-up at Ipswich last week where she went straight to the front to win by four lengths over the same distance.
The Edmonds-trained three-year-old is the rightful favourite in this field, but she probably won’t get to race on her own terms again with Dusty Tycoon and Better Get Set likely to roll forward.
Starosa has been the early market mover coming off an eye-catching trial two weeks ago.
The Gollan-trained filly was a back-to-back winner at Doomben during the Autumn and should be doing her best work late.
Minjee looks the value at $11 resuming off a five month break.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt won on debut over the track and distance back in March before a repeat performance two weeks later. She wasn’t the same among tougher company in the JJ Atkins, but she’s more than capable of finishing over the top of some of these late.
1 Unit Starosa
1 Unit E/W Minjee
Race 7 - 3:06pm AEDT
Mr Suez Jim Cahill Class 6 Plate (1350m)
Beaufort Park is absolutely flying with three straight wins to his name and looks more than capable of adding a fourth at a price.
Tokoriki Lad has been well fancied coming out of the same race when two lengths fifth.
He had excuses from the wide gate that day and might just run a race here closer to the speed.
Kubrick has missed the start on more than one occasion since resuming but is an obvious class above these with Group form in Sydney to his name. He’s sure to improve on his latest efforts, but remains a query from the wide draw.
The favourite Fisticuffs won two runs back over shorter and wasn’t disgraced stepping up to the 1350m a fortnight ago.
The gelding out of Redoute’s Choice is yet to run a bad race this prep and is now set to hit his peak with race fitness on his side.
2 Units Fisticuffs
Race 8 - 3:43pm AEDT
Austrans BM90 Handicap (1050m)
Another wide-open race between the sprinters with all eyes on the returning Soxagon off a three month spell.
Two wins from four runs first-up speaks for itself and he should be right in the photo if Brad Stewart can settle somewhere towards midfield from the soft draw.
Spaceboy is resuming and is likely to go straight to the front. The gelding out of Deep Field is the rightful favourite with three wins to his name over the distance, although it’s worth noting this is his first look at Doomben.
Rock Beat is tough to fault based on recent form, while South Australian Hard Empire gets the blinkers on hoping to add to his outstanding first-up record.
2 Units Soxagon
Race 9 - 4:22pm AEDT
Superior Pak Open (1350m)
Red Chase gets out to the 1350m coming off back-to-back placings over the 1200m at Toowoomba and Doomben.
He’s drawn to get the gun run under Taylor Marshall from the inside draw, and based on the way he hit the line second-up, he should take some real beating.
The favourite Desert Lord has to be respected coming off a last start third over the 1400m, which was a little disappointing compared to his first-up win at Eagle Farm back in August.
Still, the son of High Chaparral gets 2kg off from his last start under apprentice Stephanie Thornton and is sure to take improvement into this contest.
2 Units Red Chase
Race 10 - 5:05pm AEDT
Sky Racing BM78 Handicap (1200m)
Le Palmier has won two from four starts this time in and wasn’t far away from the winner when 1.5L fourth to Unguarded over this distance last start.
Oh Five Glory has been a frustrating commodity recently finding one better in each of her last two starts, but she has drawn nicely on the inside and is worth another look to break her run of placings.
Snowzone has found the money in each of his last six runs, which includes a win over the track and distance back in July. If Jim Byrne can offset the wide gate, he’s a good bet for a place.
2 Units Oh Five Glory