Consistent rain in Brisbane throughout the week has the track rated a Heavy 9 heading into Saturday’s meeting at Doomben after last week’s program was abandoned halfway through due to a late afternoon thunderstorm.
With plenty of quality still on offer, we’ve analysed the entire 10-race card below.
Race 1 - 11:13am
RQ Supports Safety in Racing 2YO Handicap (1110m)
Tough race to begin the program with three of the confirmed runners on debut.
Mishani Scandal won on debut two starts back by three lengths at Toowoomba but found his next assignment much tougher at the Sunshine Coast.
Stablemates Out Hot Friend and Grey Defence are on the short backup after losing out to Ghostwriter last week over the track and distance.
Grey Defence had plenty of work to do from the wide gate but still managed to hit the line strongly for fifth.
He hasn’t been far off in two runs to date and is a definite improver with some weight off his back.
1 Unit Grey Defence
Race 2 - 11:51am
Stylish Century 3YO Handicap (1640m)
Olympic Class brained them on debut to win by nearly four lengths at the Gold Coast and is sure to see the mile out quite comfortably rising in class.
The Michael Costa-trained gelding had plenty of work to do rounding the field from the wide gate and should enjoy a much easier run in transit this time from barrier six.
The wet track remains the only query, but his explosive turn of foot might just put that to bed rather quick.
Magic Conqueror is the main danger to the favourite coming off a narrow second last start over the track and distance behind Soul Dancer.
He was squeezed between two over the final 100m but still showed plenty towards the line and has placed on a heavy track previously and was the winner of the Toowoomba Guineas four starts back over the mile.
Soul Dancer will get back and is sure to be a danger late.
2 Units Magic Conqueror
Race 3 - 12:31pm
Create Your Spring Calendar Handicap (1110m)
Lyrical Girl is making her first start at city grade and is impossible to back against shooting for her fourth win in a row.
Tony Gollan’s mare has won across Eagle Farm, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast over similar distances since returning from a spell where she’s put a serious gap between herself and the rest of the field on each occasion.
She’ll likely get back and track the speed from barrier 5 and doesn’t mind it wet.
4 Units Lyrical Girl
Race 4 - 1:11pm
The Moreton Hire Main Event Handicap (1110m)
Ruuca raced in the Coolmore this time last year at Flemington, albeit running last on the soft track.
The son of Rubick is returning from a spell on Saturday and his one win on a Heavy track at Ipswich last year has been enough to see him into favouritism.
Skins has found the placings in two runs at Doomben and wasn’t far off when two lengths third a fortnight ago behind Sugar Boom.
He should settle midfield behind Leadership Spill and has the turn of foot to run over the top of these late.
Ready to Roam is next best after winning three starts back over the 1000m at Eagle Farm.
He’s won previously on a Heavy track and has been thereabouts just about all prep.
Baylee Nothdurft should get well back and the pair can do their best work late.
1 Unit Skins
1 Unit E/W Ready To Roam
Race 5 - 1:51pm
Austrans BM90 Handicap (2040m)
So You Win is having his third run back from a spell and has won third-up in the past.
The son of So You Think has found no real luck in Sydney running ninth first-up in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes, so the return back to Queensland might just do wonders for him, especially on a wet track.
Fastnet Cyclone rarely runs a bad race on the Heavy and should factor in here.
The seven-year-old won back-to-back starts over a little further at Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast in September and wasn’t far away last start when third to He Runs Away at Doomben.
He has strong form lines around the likes of Grey Lion and Lord Gododdin and looks a strong value bet with consistency and race fitness on his side.
2 Units Fastnet Cyclone
Race 6 - 2:36pm
Moet and Chandon Open Quality Handicap (1640m)
The Harrovian made it eight wins on the trot second-up at Eagle Farm three weeks ago where he held on to beat Phantom Falcon by a nose.
He’s placed twice in three runs over the mile previously and his outstanding track record in the wet makes him the rightful favourite in this small field.
Glenall has form around Probabeel earlier in his prep and it feels as though a win is right around the corner for him.
The seven-year-old hasn’t shown much over the mile to date, but he might just sneak a place here up on the speed.
Testashadow found one better last start over the track and distance where he was beaten half a length on the inside by Top Prospect.
Tough to know if the rail is where you’ll want to be by this point in the day, but he’s definitely in this with some wet track form to his name.
3 Units The Harrovian
Race 7 - 3:23pm
Mr Suez Jim Cahill Open Handicap (1350m)
Emerald Kingdom is rising sharply in trip off his first-up run when third over the 1000m at Eagle Farm behind Spurcraft.
The Robert Heathcote gelding has enjoyed a gap between runs and has won twice previously second-up, whether he handles the wet track remains to be seen though.
Red Chase was brave in his return to the races finding the line for second over the 1200m at Toowoomba behind Jadentom.
He since went on to find the money over the same distance at Doomben last start behind the same horse and should appreciate stepping out over further now after showing a real turn of foot through the line.
2 Units Red Chase
Race 8 - 3:58pm
Planet Ruler No Metro Wins Handicap (1200m)
Molly’s Rocking is a proven performer in the wet where she’s won twice previously.
The Lindsay Hatch-trained six-year-old won her last start over the same journey at Toowoomba by three lengths and gets in nice and light at the weights coming off a three week freshen-up.
Adin Thompson’s apprentice claim should be put to good effect and the pair will have plenty to work with from the inside alley.
1 Unit E/W Molly’s Rocking
Race 9 - 4:42pm
Superior Pak BM78 Handicap (1640m)
Wild Titto can make it five wins in a row and is absolutely flying heading into this contest.
She hasn’t won by much across Ipswich, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, but does have a win to her name on the Heavy and James Orman should get a lovely run from the rails draw.
Seeingisbelieving won his last start over the track and distance by a nose ahead of Prospectus and could easily take this out if Georgina Cartwright can offset the wide gate.
Prospectus was unlucky in the previously mentioned race and has the wet track form to take this out.
He’s a two-time track and distance winner and is capable of finding the same form that saw him win by over a length at Eagle Farm two starts back.
North Afrika could run a big race from the front while Happy Go Plucky might sneak a place with some wet track form to his name.
2 Units Prospectus
1 Unit E/W North Afrika
Race 10 - 5:20pm
Sky Racing BM80 (1350m)
All Important is deserving of a win coming off back-to-back runner-ups at the Gold Coast and Doomben over the same distance.
The son of I Am Invincible has won twice previously in the wet and should prove very tough to run down if he goes straight to the front under Baylee Nothdurft.
Fisticuffs won over the 1200m two starts back at Doomben and battled to the line well stepping up to the 1350m in his latest.
That looks to be the hitout the four-year-old needed between runs and he looks great value to take this out providing Brad Stewart doesn’t get too far back in the run.
Bold Warrior is a proven second-up performer and is sure to improve on his first-up run when third behind Invincible Al at the Gold Coast over the 1200m.
He’s another with wet track form to his name and is worth including in your multiples.
2 Units Fisticuffs