The Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival gets underway from Doomben on Saturday with the Listed Recognition Stakes and the Listed Spirit Of Boom Classic headlining the nine-race card.
Fine weather is expected right through the weekend, meaning we should be racing on something close to a Soft 5.
This shapes up to be one of the most wide-open cards of the entire Carnival, so be sure to check out our entire 2020 Recognition Stakes Day Preview below!
Race 1 - 12:23pm
Stella Artois Class 6 Handicap (1600m)
Another wide open contest to start the day and you could easily make a case for most of these.
Happy to go with Ligulate on top after weaving his way through the field to run second to Tokoriki Lad last Saturday at the Sunshine Coast.
The five-year-old found himself with plenty of work to do over the final 300m with a wall of horses in front, but once he got clear there was nothing stopping him.
Probably would have won if Tokoriki Lad wasn’t storming home on the outside, but considering he’s won on the short backup previously in his career, the mile should see him out nicely from another handy inside draw.
2 Units Ligulate
Race 2 - 12:58pm
Winning Edge Doomben Plate (1050m)
This isn’t a race I’m particularly keen to dive into with half the field on debut, but it does look a winnable contest for Conexy facing the starter for the second time.
The Chris Waller-trained colt by Nicconi ran second to Rhapsody Rose on debut over a touch further at Doomben after sitting three-wide the trip.
He hit a bit of a flat spot coming out of the turn, but did show some real kick over the final 100m to close the gap between himself and the winner.
Luke Dittman retains the ride, and with the blinkers going on for the first time, the pair should take improvement off a strong debut.
1 Unit Conexy
Race 3 - 1:33pm
G.H. Mumm Bm72 Handicap (1050m)
There’s no doubt Gin ’N’ Betters is making real headway towards another win and she certainly looks the rightful favourite in this contest.
The Sebring mare made up a stack of ground out wide last start to run second to the always classy Niedorp, a form line that reads extremely well for her third run back from a spell.
Robbie Fraud retains the ride, this time from a much kinder inside alley where the pair can tuck in just off the speed and explode with a big run late.
2 Units Gin ’N’ Bitters
Race 4 - 2:08pm
Select Fire Systems QTIS 3YO Handicap (1630m)
This is shaping tip to be quite the race between Good Soize, Mob Buster and Olympic Class.
You could easily make a case for all three, but I’m sticking with Good Soize out of the Tony Gollan yard following her outstanding two length win last start over the mile at the Sunshine Coast.
The three-year-old daughter of Adelaide overcame the wide draw beautifully with a winding run on the outside to storm clear from the rest of the field over the final furlong.
She’s seemingly got speed to burn, and with Georgina Cartwright’s apprentice claim put to good effect, she’ll carry just 51kg on Saturday.
Having trailed at this track to start her career, she’s the one to beat.
2 Units Good Soize
Race 5 - 2:48pm
Leo Thomson Memorial Class 3 Plate (1350m)
Beachbreak did just enough to beat home Toomai last start over the track and distance and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her make it a double on Saturday with Jim Byrne retaining the ride.
The mare by Kubrick has found the money in all five of her starts at Doomben, which includes a pair of wins this prep alone.
She flew home on the outside three weeks ago, and after drawing an identical barrier, Byrne should be doing his best work late again.
2 Units Beachbreak
Race 6 - 3:28pm
QLD Fire and Emergency Services BM78 Handicap (2030m)
Real dart throw here between the stayers, but happy to stick with Populist to improve on his second-up effort when runner-up to Windermere over the track and distance.
The son of Not A Single Doubt has drawn to get a lovely run in transit along the rails and I also like the fact Sean Cormack jumps back on board.
The pair won over this same distance at the Sunshine Coast back in March, and with plenty of speed in this race, they should be able to find cover early and run on late.
Also have some time for Dashing Special.
He’s a strong finisher, as we’ve seen in his last two runs over the mile.
The son of High Chaparral has won and found the money in two starts over this track and distance, so he could be a nice one at odds to have a saver on.
1 Unit Populist
1 Unit E/W Dashing Special
Race 7 - 4:08pm
Four Pines Pacific Ale Class 6 Plate (1200m)
Another cracking race over the mile that could easily be won by just about anybody.
Phantom Falcon stands out at odds coming off a faultless second to The Harrovian last start over the 1400m at Eagle Farm.
The seven-year-old burst through on the inside to challenge the favourite and was unlucky not to win in a head-bobber right to the line.
He’s found the money in 10 of his 19 starts over this trip for two wins and might just be able to run them off their feet from a forward position.
1 Unit Phantom Falcon
Race 8 - 4:48pm
Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m)
It’s crazy to think The Harrovian is shooting for 10 straight in Saturday’s Listed Recognition Stakes, but I’m happy to take him on carrying the top weight from a potentially sticky draw.
I’ve been with Red Chase in each of his last two runs and I’m not about to hop off following his impressive win over Ballistic Boy last start over the track and distance.
The five-year-old is now a two-time winner over this trip and has again managed to draw a gate carrying just 1kg extra under Taylor Marshall.
It will take something special to knock off The Harrovian and even Soxagon, but with fitness on his side he looks more than capable of going on with it.
2 Units Red Chase
Race 9 - 5:25pm
Listed Spirit Of Boom Classic Fillies & Mares (1200m)
The girls close out the day in what is far from an easy race to decipher between the girls.
Jami Lady is a much better horse than her first-up run suggests when seventh over the 1100m.
Funnily enough, she’s by Spirit Of Boom, but the fact she’s won three of her four starts second-up is the real reason I have her on top.
Her last run was a total forgive and with Justin Huxtable’s apprentice claim put to good effect, she should take some running down from a forward showing.
2 Units Jami Lady