Weekend Wrap Up

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A great days racing at Doomben and a lot of the big races look a lot clearer now. There was everything from silly prices, to protests and even a few short priced fav’s getting up for punters.

I have decided to do the wrap up a little differently today.


Race 1: AUDACIOUS SPIRIT was rated beautifully in front and 300m after the start it was safe to  start walking to the collect window. As mentioned in ‘The Punt’ section he usually trials and then explodes 1st up. He didn’t trial this time, and I’m sure his 1st up run was classed as his trial. He was dominant. I thought CAPTAIN CLAYTON and FALINO were good making ground late in a slow run race early.

Race 2: Not much to note here. ACADEMUS from the Darley stable was wide, but kept coming and looked the winner till SIZZLING let go down the outside to get up right on the line. There isn’t a horse that could turn the tables on the top two from this race.

Race 3: Another slow run race where Rodd simply out rode them on a very good horse. Rodd jumped SOLZHENITSYN out and crawled them along until he gave the horse its head at the turn and put a gap on them. Not sure what to make of the form coming out of this. The winner deserved his win, but with more pace on I think any of the top 6 could turn the tabled with luck in running next time.

Race 4: Really liked this race and I felt there would be two genuine Stradbroke chances come out of it. WEALTH PRINCESS sat fourth, one of the fence getting the run of the race, but when he got her to the outside she simply gapped them and is back as good as she has ever been! She is very adaptable and will be hard to beat for the rest of her campaign.  The other horse that I was taken with was RISK AVERSION. Again they went slow in front and ‘Risky’ got a long way out of her ground which didn’t give her much of a chance. She is on track for a big race win, she simply needs some pace on and we will see the best of her.

Race 5: Too many good runs to go over in the Roses! MISS ARTISTIC, INVEST, SCORPIO QUEEN, ANGEL OF MERCY, QUINTESSENTIAL were all terrific and DOWAGER QUEEN may go a little unnoticed, but she was running into it late where she found a little trouble. The Oaks 2400m will be a very even race in a fortnights time..

Race 6: MENTAL raced into Stradbroke favouritism with a huge win. He got into a ridiculous price but he let down like a real star in the making. He will be well suited in the straddy, as will the other 3 year olds Pampelonne and Sea Siren. A couple of forgive runs including EMMALENE, but all honours are with the winner!

Race 7: Well there was plenty of tension when the protest was thrown in to determine the winner of the Doomben Cup. There were a heap of punters filthy at Luke Nolen and he copped a heap grief over his ride. Let me start by saying MANIGHAR was worth a lot to me also. However I don’t think there was much Nolen could have done. Yes I think if he really pushed harder he could have kept MAWINGO on his outside, but he was outridden in the first 400m by Rawiller. In saying that he still got in a nice position and it was only WALL STREET and MR LIGHT BLUE who decided very late at the first corner to push on, and that is what cost MANIGHAR the race in my opinion and when they circled Luke’s fate was decided. MAWINGO deserved the win and was going away from MANIGHAR after the fav loomed up at the 100m only to fade on his run.

Race 8: TIGER TEES fought like a lion and there is a nice race in the horse. I’m not convinced it’s the Stradbroke, but there are a few who think it might be. The best run in the race by a long way was BELLTONE and he should have won. It was a blanket finish between five horses and he may be the one who really goes on with it. SMOKIN JOEY was horrible on face value but he was sore after the race which explains his run.


PAMPELONNE was explosive at Scone and well worth following when hits town!

The Darley runners were a few of the unluckiest runners I have seen in a long time at Scone. SKYTRAIN was the biggest moral beat I have seen in a long time, while FOREFEITURE and SHANARA were held up nearly the whole straight and can be followed.


**I just want to mention the Queensland Racehorse Owners Association cocktail party from last Thursday night. The party was to raise money for Kristy Banks and it was a huge success. Thank you to Kerrina King for the night, it was great to be there. It was nice to catch up with a few mates including Robbie Heathcote and Brian Dais for a few quite drinks and a chat about their stables. The night raised over $20,000.