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

Race 1

Small field en­gaged here and the mar­ket sees it as a race in two, but both favourites carry their fair share of con­vic­tions and at the odds I’m giv­ing AN­TON EN AVANT a hope of knock­ing them over. He’s now had four runs back from a break, the best which was his lat­est hitout when three lengths Mr Epic over this course and dis­tance. He gets a lit­tle weight turn­around here, and Jim Byrne goes on. Fur­ther im­prove­ment in him and at the $9.50 he’s worth a punt. MR EPIC bat­tled on strongly to hold out King Viv here a fort­night ago and af­ter the claim is only up a half kilo for the win. I think he’s bet­ter suited back at

mile and with slight creep up in the weights dis­tance I’ll risk him here at the $2.20, but he’s ob­vi­ously a gen­uine threat. MONTEUX is sec­ond pick on boards at $2.70 on the back of a good run be­hind Mr Epic. Could have fin­ished closer with luck and down on the limit weight here he will give a good sight.

Race 2

Nice value here at the $13 with EX­PAT ENVY and if he can get a lit­tle luck early on from tricky draw he will give it a shake. He has form around some rea­son­able types, he was run­ner-up to Sub­so­lar last week­end and at his pre­vi­ous out­ing was close -up in a much stronger Class three be­hind Miss Dubois and Nat­u­ral Black . He’s as good as any, at the price is a great bet. PINOLINO is very con­sis­tent in weaker com­pany, though the claim and the per­fect gate bring her right into fo­cus. Nar­rowly beaten over the mile here last start and with a 1.5kg drop should be very com­pet­i­tive, though she hasn’t been missed at $3.70. BRONZEGATE is shoot­ing for a hat-trick to­mor­row af­ter two provin­cial vic­to­ries, the lat­est a nar­row vic­tory in an av­er­age class three at the Sun­shine Coast. With cou­ple of oth­ers draw­ing all of the at­ten­tion, $7.00 about this bloke looks fair value.

Race 3

BEAUDACIOUS is con­sid­er­ably bet­ter than these and if she re­turns to racing as her old self to­mor­row she will win. She has never missed a place fresh, and first-up last cam­paign flashed home over 1000m to beat all but the very much in-form Our Bee - bee. She has form around Tiy­a­trolani and Thun­der Raider when both fil­lies were in top form, and at $6.00 she will go very close. MADAME LILY is hav­ing her first start up north af­ter rac

fairly con­sis­tently in low-re­stricted mid­week grade Syd­ney for the Snow­den camp. Two runs back she scored a nar­row win in a Bm67 girls at her first start on dry track which is en­cour­ag­ing, but she will need all sorts of luck early to find a spot from the out­side bar­rier. The $7.00 seems a pretty fair quote me, de­spite draw. NAVUA MIST has won her last two but rises in grade here as she tries to con­vert the hat­trick . She can carry weight to be sure, and has drawn well here. She will like - ly lead these but with good pres­sure on up front will need to be very strong to hold on. Each way hope.

Race 4

STELLA OMBRA is a dif­fer­ent horse this prep hav­ing won three of his last four in­clud­ing an in­cred­i­bly tough per­for­mance last week­end to hold off the smart Tum­bler over 1200m. There’s plenty of speed here with any num­ber of them look­ing to go for­ward and form the in­side draw all Tif­fani Brooker has to do is make sure she gets around the tired ones on straight­en­ing to give her charge some clean air. He’s up 4kg on his last run but that won’t stop him here and he will be very strong late. Best of the day at the $3.50. TAIL - LEVENT was out of sorts at Rand­wick last start and I’m pre­pared to over­look that anom­aly and go in­stead on his pre­vi­ous good ef­fort sit­ting off the speed and run­ning on late. Flashed home two starts ago to beat all but Ir­ish Con­stab­u­lary and with the speed on here he will get ev­ery chance to fin­ish over the top. HANWRITTEN has come up aw­fully short at $2.40 and will de­serve ev­ery inch of a win here if he can get home. He knows how to get beaten as a favourite, though he did score nice win two runs back at Rand­wick when re­sum­ing, al­beit in weaker grade. He will be swamped for the lead here by Rocky King et al, and I’m happy to risk him.

Race 5

SHARPAMAL may need a small mir­a­cle here to make the field, but if he sneaks in he is one to beat from the per­fect gate. His form dipped a lit­tle on the heavy tracks ear­lier this prep, but his last two in strong 3yo grade back on top of the ground are more than enough to get him home here. Ran them along over 1350m here two runs ago be­fore get­ting run down by Care To Think, then again made the play out in front and stuck to his guns in the straight be­hind Den­bern. Money to noth­ing each way at the $7.40 given we are guar­an­teed a start or money back. There are only two pos­si­ble hopes of beat­ing Sharpamal, the first be­ing KUBIS who hasn’t won a race in eons but has been very con­sis­tent nonethe­less. Just pipped at his lat­est run over this course and dis­tance by MEET AND GREET there isn’t much be­tween them again to­mor­row. could still have some up­side af­ter chalk­ing up the mile win sec­ond-up but meets Kubis a lit­tle worse at the weights for

nar­row vic­tory. Big field, these three have it be­tween them­selves.

Race 6

To­mor­row is OINK’s chance to re - turn to win­ning form af­ter tan­ta­lis­ing at his last cou­ple in good grade. No match for P ri­ori­tise last time, though he should have fin­ished closer, and ran on strongly at his pre­vi­ous run at the end of 1000m. Drawn per­fectly, out to per­fect trip and on top of

ground as he prefers. Most all, he as thrown in at the weights un­der this scale, get­ting 4.5kg from those up the top. Only bad luck can beat him and he looks a good bet at $2.70. ONE INCH PUNCH goes bet­ter on a wet track , but has had plenty of hi- touts on the track in prepa­ra­tion for an usual fresh run over this trip and he should go well. Beat a good open field three runs back trip and since May has had four tri­als over 1000-1200m to pre­pare for his re­turn. Can’t see him beat­ing the favourite un­less the clouds roll in, but he’s a good each way hope. AHNDRAS is a promis­ing type who will prob­a­bly need the run to­mor­row but is worth mon­i­tor­ing for fu­ture ref­er­ence. Picked up a hat-trick in fine style when last in work and with only 51kg has a big head­start on most of these.

Race 7

Wide open fields in the last three here, and although he will need a bit of luck from the nasty draw, the form around MISHANI EL LOBO is more than enough to put him on top. Made his pres­ence felt two starts back when beaten a lip by Pub­lish­ing Power and he fin­ished cou­ple of lengths in front of Oink . All over the shop last start in a far su­pe­rior 2-3yo event un­der 59kg and drops back to limit weight to­mor­row. Hasn’t faced such an easy as­sign­ment since he bolted in at Mur­willim­bah at the be­gin­ning of Jan­uary and at $13 is a top chance each way. I’m in­clud­ing VOLTAIRE LUMIERE again here given that he’s get­ting up over a bet­ter trip, he goes okay sec­ond-up and he wasn’t far from the ac­tion when re­sum­ing here three weeks ago. He was only a cou­ple of lengths from Kha­lam on the line af­ter play­ing up at the gates and at $61 could put 98% of quad­die tick­ets in the bin. Don’t be scared to have a cou­ple each way him at the big price, as this is a se­ri­ously un­der­whelm­ing 0MW event. RHYME NOR RHYTHM is un­beaten first-up in three tries and gets an A+ for con­sis­tency. Left them stand­ing

last prep when a six length win­ner over 1000m at Toowoomba, and per­formed well in this grade at his next run. Drawn ide­ally and while the value isn’t there at $4.60 he will be a tough nut to crack . Race 8 I’m stick­ing with FELINO BEL here af­ter watch­ing her run home when it was too late first-up over 1050m. The ex­tra dis­tance suits here and she proved her worth around this level last cam­paign when third to a cou­ple of nice fil­lies over this track and dis - tance. Drawn the paint out­side of the toppy who has 59kg the out­side gate, she’s only tak­ing on last­start coun­try win­ners. Top odds at $23. CELLARGIRL has a moun­tain to over­come here but is the class act hav­ing won a Listed race here at her last run be­fore the break. She beat Bring It Home Pop at her only other fresh

and de­spite hur­dles she looks over the odds $8.00. A must for your quad­die. WHYPEEO ran fair time at his only start when a five lengths win­ner at Bal­lina fort­night ago. Has to do it in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment here, as well as hav­ing to push it out to 1200m. Un­known quan­tity but happy risk him at $3.40.

Race 9

ORADONNA hasn’t missed a beat this prep and de­spite draw­ing awk­wardly I’m on here at the $8.50. Flashed home be­hind Spur Le Jouer two runs back over this trip, then again gave them a start and hit the line strongly to beat all but the fly­ing Stella Ombra. That form is miles bet­ter than this 0MW, and with a pa­tient ride sit­ting back off the fence with cover she will have plenty in the tank when they straighten. CAPETOWN HUSSEY may need the run, but she can fin­ish off strongly on fresh legs and at $23 is worth throw­ing into your quad­die. First-up last prep she came from near last in a strong class three over this trip and was only beaten three lengths on the line by Brook­lyn Storm. She went score back to back wins over mile and although bet­ter suited at the dis­tance, she’ll be hit­ting the line here. STAR OF NIGHT is gun­ning for her hat-trick to­mor­row af­ter win­ning last two be­fore a spell. She is up in class to - mor­row, but hasn’t fin­ished fur­ther back than sec­ond in four fresh runs and from the in­side draw has to be given some chance.

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