Despite Eagle Farm being under the racing spotlight this week for running the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, Doomben takes centre stage this Wednesday! With nine competitive races on the card, it’s the perfect way to prepare for the long weekend! Can anyone stop the Heathcote camp, who are currently training winners for fun?
Doomben Race 6
#2 Lucifer's Reward
Lucifer’s Reward is a winning machine! The Reward For Effort gelding has put two impressive wins together, and he looks well placed to make it a hat-trick of wins on Wednesday. The 3kg apprentice claim is advantageous, and the rising seven-year-old can slide back from a middle gate and find his feet early. If he doesn’t get too far out of his ground, I expect him to make his presence felt late. The length of his preparation is a slight concern.
Crazy Train looked great, savaging the line last start at Ipswich. The Bull Point mare left her run too late, and I expect her to make amends here if she can sit closer to the speed in transit. The lightly-raced five-year-old is ready to produce a peak performance for the preparation, and her record at the distance must be respected. The wide gate is the primary concern.
Hakkai Maru looks ominous, jumping from barrier three. The Maurice mare is racing in good spirits and deserves her shot at this level. The apprentice claim puts her into all winning calculations, and if the track continues to dry out, I expect her quote to shorten significantly. She may need further at this stage of her preparation.
Suggested Bet: Lucifer’s Reward @ $13.00
Doomben RACE 7
#1 Lambdoma Energy
Lambdoma Energy was an emphatic winner last start at the Sunshine Coast. The Written Tycoon gelding is putting an impressive campaign together, and from the perfect middle gate on Wednesday, he can continue on his winning way. He looks better than Benchmark 68 grade and is no stranger carrying the grandstand to victory. Hard to toss!
Hatchet is racing well without winning. The Worthy Cause gelding looked home and hosed last-start before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Robert Heathcote gelding loves the track and distance, and he should be rock-hard fit at this stage of his preparation. From barrier three, he should get the run of the race, and if he sees clean air on straightening, I expect him to fight out the finish. His winning record is the only deterrent.
Enabler is ready to produce a peak run. The Rich Enuff gelding has been producing teasing runs all campaign, and I expect him to explode here, stepping out to the 1200m. His recent form is better than it looks on paper, and I suspect this race has been the target all preparation. If he can take the next step up in grade, he can cause a boil-over at a decent price. Over the odds!
Suggested Bet: Lambdoma Energy @ $3.40
Doomben Race 8
Nishikori led them a merry dance on top of the speed last-start at Murwillumbah. They couldn’t run down the Real Impact gelding, and I expect the same race tactics will be employed on Wednesday. From barrier five, he will get every chance to roll forward to take up pole position, and if they allow him to have a mid-race breather over his favourite distance, it could be curtains on straightening. The rise in class is his biggest obstacle.
Collay’s Spirit can run well here on the quick backup. The Charm Spirit gelding savaged the line from a minute back last start, and I expect a bold showing meeting easier opposition. The 3kg apprentice claim puts him into all winning conversations, and if he can get some cover in the running line, he will be storming home like a freight train! His fate may be decided in the first furlong.
Scottish Prince is a must for all broader multiples and exotics. The Rothesay gelding looked good fresh, and he was a winner second-up in a previous campaign. His record at a distance speaks volumes, and he can box sit from a perfect inside draw. His time out of the winners’ enclosure is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Nishikori @ $6.00
Doomben Race 9
Enunciation is ready to win. The Vadamos gelding has produced two teasing runs this preparation, and he is ready to explode third-up from a spell over his pet distance. He should be rock-hard fit after his recent outings, and I expect him to be positive from a middle gate. The 3kg apprentice claim could prove a masterstroke, and he has been well-specked in early betting. He looks over the odds!
Crazy Brave will have supporters after two solid performances this campaign. The lightly-raced three-year-old is building an excellent career record, and with a peak performance on Wednesday, he can add to his already impressive resume. The Zoustar gelding will eat up every inch of the 1350m, and I expect him to be in the finish with even luck in transit. The wide barrier makes his assignment tricky!
Blazen Boots can run well here first up from a spell. His recent barrier trial was good without threatening, and he has performed well in better races fresh previously. I expect the former Chris Waller-trained galloper will be cherry ripe for a forward showing for his new stable. His career record is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Enunciation @ $26.00