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The Sportsman Weekend - - Detailed Formguide For Doomben - with Greg Splet­ter

Race 1

BET­TER LAND re­sumes tomorrow against a ca­pac­ity line -up and with Jeff Lloyd will give him ev­ery hope from the per­fect draw. He won a good class three up here last prep un­der 59kg be­fore plac­ing in stronger grade, and was a win­ner on soft ground when un­der the Tute­lage of Dar­ren Weir. He won re­cent trial at home and I wouldn’t think the $9.00 will be avail­able when they jump. TUM­BLER had plenty of sup­port tak­ing on WFA com­pany in the Vic­tory Stakes a fort­night ago but ran by far the worst race of her career, fail­ing to beat run­ner home. This is much eas­ier, and we might be able to put the fail­ure down to the hor­rid Ea­gle Farm sur­face, though I wasn’t overly en­thused by her first-up win here a fort­night prior. It was just a win, and at $3.20 is a bit of risk for mine. INVINCIBLE EX­PRESS made it five in row with a handy first-up win at Ip­swich three weeks ago. It was a weak field and she will need to progress fur­ther to mea­sure up these, but five in a row is noth­ing be scoffed at and she

in with a hope, though no value at $4.20. There are sev­eral other chances here, in­clud­ing LE CHEF who fi­nally re­turned to win­ning form af­ter long run of outs and at $26 is worth in­clud­ing in your mul­ti­ples.

Race 2

My big speccy for the day is ALLKNIGHT SAINT who has been a won­der­ful an­i­mal fol­low­ers of this col­umn and gets his chance to please us again at up­wards of $26. You don’t of­ten get a heads-up that a win is im­mi­nent with this bloke, you al­most have to pre - empt his re­turn to form, and a solid hitout un- der his belt here three weeks ago He can run a race here. Sec­ond-up last prep he im­proved to beat a strong open class field over this trip, and at the end of last prep he al­most stole a race at Ea­gle Farm on wet ground, so con­di­tions won’t hurt him. He’s big fella who will lope along on the speed from the per­fect draw and will have some­thing to give in

straight. PRIVLAKA is one of mine and he ran another strong race on wet ground last time only to get bloused by the fresh horse. He has to con­tend with a big weight and a nasty draw here and for that rea­son I’m go­ing around him, but he has gen­uine claims on the soft track as al­ways. PAY­ROLL is hav­ing his first run since a great ef­fort be­hind Stra­tum Star on Magic Mil­lions day back in Jan­uary over 2200m. Car­ried 61.5kg to a seven length vic­tory first-up last cam­paign and she could give some cheek at the $13.

Race 3

I have to stick with PUNTA NORTE here af­ter prov­ing too classy for a Bm85 field at Ea­gle Farm last start. He car­ried 59.5kg and drops 5.5kg back down to the limit weight here as he steps up stakes grade. H loves the con­di­tions, he’s the one on up and with two runs un­der his belt he should be peak­ing here at pet dis­tance. Plenty to like for a $7.50 shot, he just needs a smidgin of l uck early from the tricky draw. JUMBO PRINCE is al­ways hope around this grade and his two runs back have been very good. Beaten j ust over a l en­gth by Sin­gle Gaze last time over this course and dis­tance and with pen­chant for the soft tracks he has solid claims again at a fair $4.40. PINDAN PEARL has had change of sta­ble

and af­ter botch­ing the start made late ground be­hind Punta Norte last start. She does like the sting out of the and at 25/1 could in­ject value into the ex­otics. Race 4

I was a bit con­cerned with OURS TO KEEP re­sum­ing over 1200m last start in the Dal­rello and he did look a lit­tle tired at the end be­hind Saint Pa­tricks Day. He has drawn well again and I’m hop­ing that it wasn’t the soft track that cost him last time. I was very tempted to put COOROI CHASE at $13 af­ter two strong per­for­mances on wet tracks to date. Fol­lowed her 16 length trial win with an im­pres­sive vic­tory on de­but, then got well back and ran on into sec­ond spot last time should rel­ish to step up to 1200m to - mor­row. Not con­vinced she is up this, but at the dou­ble fig­ure quote it wouldn’t cost much to find out. SNITZKRAFT also found the 1200m a bit much last time knock­ing up at the end into third spot, though it seems he didn’t like the soft go - ing. He’s go­ing to strike another wet track here, but at least this one is be­cause it ac­tu­ally rained. Risk , but has gen­uine claims.

Race 5

Many chances here and with­out a great deal of con­fi­dence I’m jump­ing onto MOR­TON’S FORK who goes okay fresh and does get through the ground with aplomb. Sandown Guineas win­ner who didn’t re­ally fire in the au­tumn, but he has had a cou­ple of tri­als in prepa­ra­tion for his re­turn and he does have a bit of class about him. He’s prob­a­bly en­ti­tled to be favourite at the $4.40, but tread war­ily. OINK knocked over the hot­pot first-up on a soft-7 and will take beat­ing again here drop - ping back to set weights. Ran some top races up here last carnival as a ju­ve­nile and is likely to make his pres­ence felt at three. SYLPHEED had to deal with a heavy-10, and Winx, two runs back be­fore pro­duc­ing a much bet­ter re­sult in the Gold Coast Guineas last time, run­ning on nicely at the end of 1200m af­ter cov­er­ing ground. Suited at this trip, but I’m con­cerned she might not han­dle the go­ing as the breed aren’t known for it.

Race 6

The ab­sence of high class par­tic­i­pants in the Chair­man’s give MORENDI a great chance of pick­ing up well de­served black type win. He has knocked up win­ning this cam­paign and proved he can do it on any sur­face with a last start vic­tory the soft-7 at Ea­gle Farm. Michael Cahill will put him to sleep off the speed and he should be hit­ting line hard, he’s good value at $11. STAM­PEDE has come up the $3.90 af­ter win­ning the Wagga Cup last start and with re­spect to that race it high­lights lack of top level stay­ing talent in this. He is rarely far away and will no doubt take up the lead give them some­thing to run down. NEV­ER­LAND didn’t on first-up be­hind Sadaqa at her first at­tempt on soft go­ing and that is a bit of a con­cern as she will have to con­tend with the shifty sur­face tomorrow, but she is a smart stayer when right. Took seven runs to man­age a placed ef­fort last cam­paign but he pre­vi­ous form sug­gested she would be right up to this on her day.

Race 7

Pretty keen on REDZEL tomorrow on the back of a strong win in the Hall Mark last time where he led all the way on the heavy-8. Beaten a lip by sta­ble­mate in the Galaxy

run prior but meets him sev­eral ki­los bet­ter for the nar­row de­feat and at $7.50 is by far best value in the race. RUS­SIAN REV­O­LU­TION did score a good win first-up, but he gave in with­out a yelp in the tougher TJ Smith fort­night later and is up to 57kg. He hasn’t con­vinced me, and while he gets a nice run from the draw will have to go bet­ter than he did at Rand­wick beat this lot. MU­SIC MAG­NATE’s win in the Vic­tory was a tough one and it should set him up nicely to peak tomorrow on sur­face he is very com­fort­able on. Won the longer Doomben 10,000 last year and could eas­ily go back to back .

Race 8

MON­GO­LIAN WOLF has had just the one run for cham­pion trainer Dar­ren Weir and was very im­pres­sive tak­ing out the Frank Packer Plate on the heavy-8 a month ago. He ob - vi­ously loves wet, D Weir has got him win­ning from the get-go and at $3.70 is enor­mous value. Group Two -placed in New Zealand prior to the sta­ble switch and against these he should be more like $2.20. He

give us a great fin­ish to a top pro­gram. OR­DER AGAIN is far too close to the favourite in the mar­ket to war­rant con­sid­er­a­tion but he is cer­tainly a rough hope af­ter win­ning on the heavy-8 at Ea­gle Farm last time by more than seven lengths af­ter giv­ing them a start. Fit­ter and is bred to get the trip. VI­O­LATE bat­tled on well to push Dreams Aplenty a nose in the Gun­synd Clas­sic last start, but he did fin­ish seven lengths be­hind top pick in Syd­ney. Drawn well and should beat plenty of them home.

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