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The Sportsman Weekend - - Doomben A Detailed Formguide - WITH GREG SPLETTER

Race 1

Lead­ing hoop Jeff Lloyd has a great book of rides at Doomben to­mor­row but the best of them are all up front end the card, so we’ll strike early and strike hard. MISS QUAINTLY re­turned to rac­ing after a cou­ple of months off with a de­cent enough per­for­mance be­hind the im­pres­sive Stella Vic­to­ria here over 1350m. Never re­ally looked like win­ning but stuck on okay and will strip a much fit­ter con­veyance. Big win over this trip at her last run prior to the let-up and although at $2.25 maybe a turn or two un­der where I’d like to get set, she does look the win­ner. A MAN TO MATCH ran a nice race be­hind Belle Roc last time after an un­flat­ter­ing run at the Gold Coast. Did show up in stakes grade over the win­ter car­ni­val and with only a half kilo more than the filly will get every hope. AILEACH dis­ap­pointed after a huge first-up run in be­hind Mit­tere and Ef Troop but has lifted her last cou­ple slightly eas­ier as­sign­ments. Last beat all but Bac­carat Baby who is down for the Flight Stakes to­mor­row so it’s a solid form­line.

Race 2

Lloydy con­tin­ues the se­quence in the next with STELLA VIC­TO­RIA who he has part­nered to con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries this prep and is on track for their hat­trick. Never go­ing to lose here a fort­night ago lead­ing all the way and this is not a strong class six field by any stretch. Again not missed at $1.75 but you’d be hard pressed to make a case for her be­ing any­thing other than odds-on. HINGUS ROSE has been rac­ing well and after the claim at least gets to jump out with the favourite on level terms. Close-up in the blan­ket fin­ish at Sun­shine Coast last week­end, but while she did win the run prior the se­cond horse has since failed dis­mally. DAP­PER ONE wasn’t far away from Zo­fonic Dancer and the placeget­ters in the fi­nal event last Satur­day and that makes it two good 1600m runs in a row. Place hope at longer odds.

Race 3

IMPAVIDO has been hard to catch down south but finds him­self in one of the weaker class three plates I’ve seen up here and looks a good thing. His last cou­ple on wet tracks haven’t been bad since win­ning at Gos­ford un­der 59kg, and prior to that he was only three lengths be­hind Avil­ius? That’s just too strong for these and the $1.90 is fine by me. SOFIE’S GOLD CLASS has scored two very im­pres­sive vic­to­ries since re­turn­ing from a year-long spell and were it not for the in­clu­sion of Impavido she would be aw­fully hard to beat in her own right. Not as well suited here but has a big fin­ish on her and the ex­tra trip suits. Good propo­si­tion in our stand­out tri­fecta. SIR BARNABUS whacked away in stronger grade last time but his pre­vi­ous two when chas­ing hard be­hind Fight­ing Teo were pretty good. Should pick up a cheque in this but hard to hold him up to the fave.

Race 4

TAWFIQ BOY looks a likely can­di­date for con­sec­u­tive win­ner num­ber four for Jeff Lloyd though at least he has some gen­uine com­pe­ti­tion in this line-up. It’s an un­usual field for an open sprint up here but bloke does fit the bill of the in-form re­stricted class run­ner well and truly on

up after con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries. Fin­ished off in the soft con­di­tions last time but he’ll be bet­ter on a good track and back down to the limit weight will give this shake. Looks about right at the $3.70 given that he does have se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing SNITZ who has his sights set on big­ger things. Found the black type a bit strong at end of last prep but did spank them in

trial at the Gold Coast ear­lier in the month and will trail the speed from gun draw. The other one in the mar­ket is FIERY HEIGHTS who was prob­a­bly as sur­prised as me to find him­self head­ing the weights in open grade de­spite never hav­ing won be­yond a class six. Chased home two mul­ti­ple win­ners this month in Tver­sky and Zum­be­lina and he is cer­tainly up to beat­ing them, but the 59kg with­out a claimer is a big im­post.

Race 5

Some­one else gets a chance here and it could be Mark du Plessis on SMARTYPY who scored easy wins at the mid­week­ers be­fore cov­er­ing plenty of ex­tra ground and dis­ap­point­ing a lit­tle last time as favourite. They’ll run along here which will suit her and she can bounce back at a great each way quote of $6.50. BLUE SEAT­TLE was close-up be­hind Dark­town Strut­ter at the Gold Coast in Au­gust then wasn’t far Beau Ar­row here the end of 1050m. Un­lucky that she has drawn out as she will empty half the tank over­com­ing gate 13. PARADIS IM­PE­RIAL comes south on odd oc­ca­sion and rarely runs a bad race. Even run up at Rocky when re­sum­ing but has a great record around this trip and can carry weight.

Race 6

BEAU AR­ROW is un­beaten in three runs, though he did take a long time to get there last time and gave us all heart pal­pi­ta­tions. Must have been spot­ting the leader six lengths on straight­en­ing but just kept com­ing un­til he grabbed them about 40cm be­fore the line. He’ll have to do the same to­mor­row from gate nine but at $3.70 I’m stick­ing solid. I’VE GOTTA NEL ran very con­sis­tently last cam­paign for just the one win but he does go well fresh and has drawn per­fectly. There is more speed en­gaged but I ex­pect he will kick up and at least get a cou­ple of cheap sec­tion­als in run­ning. He has gone well against some very handy sprint­ers and is prob­a­bly fairly priced at $5.00 as he’ll be get­ting a tidy start from mine. On the same line of bet­ting BOLD CHANCE is un­der the odds after a below par run first-up in Beau Ar­row’s race. He does im­prove se­cond-up, but he will need to.

Race 7

GALTERO made it two from two this prep last time with a su­per win in a lowly class one at Ip­swich and can stick an­other palling on the picket fence from the same draw to­mor­row. Took a lit­tle while to hit top gear after balanc­ing up but didn’t he run away with it in the end. It was only the big fin­ish from the se­cond horse that ate into four length mar­gin he had on them on the post and looks as though he’ll rel­ish the ex­tra trip. Down in weight very hard to go past. ROAD TO HEAVEN looked good in the Hunter with con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries but found a cou­ple bet­ter 0MW grade here three weeks ago. Up 5kg into this eas­ier as­sign­ment, has drawn a wor­ry­ing gate and will be hard pressed to run Galtero down. MYMMING’s fin­ish was awe­some, but can she do it again? That was her 8th straight plac­ing after win­ning maiden in Fe­bru­ary and most of them have in­cluded a mas­sive fi­nal sec­tional. Some­one should prob­a­bly point out to her where the post is. In­clude in your mul­ti­ples for sure on last run.

Race 8

This is a trap race with only a cou­ple that can’t have a rea­son­able case made for them. At the $9.50 I’ve set­tled ten­ta­tively on GOOD TIME CHAR­LIE who has placed at all three runs this prep against strong op­po­si­tion. A length and a bit from Tawfiq Boy last month, then less than a

be­hind Fred­die Fox Trot at this level. Un­like the mares’ class six, this C6 is ex­tremely strong with plenty of depth, but from the in­side draw and with bot­tom weight Good Time Char­lie will give us a sight each way at odds. REACH FOR HEAVEN has come up fave on the back of a top de­but run for Toby Edmonds when bloused roughie Noth­ing Box. A solid speed here will help his chances. FORTENSKY hasn’t been rat­ing too badly in open class at his last two after a shocker first-up and back to this grade even with the big weight can be a force. Load up in your quaddie.

Race 9

PRI­ORI­TISE has been a class above in his last three over mile, win­ning each of them from vary­ing po­si­tions in-run­ning and with just 53.5kg on his back will get every chance to run out a strong 2000m to­mor­row. Def­i­nitely a pre-race query around him do­ing so, but he’s go­ing so well he might end up win­ning by five and we’ll be left won­der­ing why we didn’t dou­ble our bet. EXOTERIC is a very ca­pa­ble mem­ber of the mid­dle dis­tance team at Chris Waller sta­ble and bat­tled on okay last start be­hind the enig­matic Ku­bis un­der 59.5kg. Drops sharply in weight and gets a nice trail to­mor­row. BRIL­LIANT JET fell one short of his hat-trick three weeks back run­ning on into se­cond spot after My Guil­iano was off and gone, but he prob­a­bly prefers it dry. Gets it here and although drawn awk­wardly will go well again.

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