Doomben Cup Day Racing Preview

The Roses (BR5) – Kiwi horses have won two of the past three Doomben Roses and New Zealand Oaks winner Miss Artistic can add to that record here. After having more than six weeks off following her Group one triumph in March, Miss Artistic ran home well to finish fourth in the Gold Coast bracelet a fortnight ago. She will be better for that run and will be hard to beat. Schweppes Oaks winner Invest won the Adelaide race in good fashion over the same distance of this contest and should get a good run from barrier six. Pretty Pins has a good record around here (3 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts) and can be excused for her flop in the mud on the Gold Coast last time out, while Quintessential and Scorpio Queen warrant respect despite their wide draws.
Selections: Miss Artistic, Invest, Quintessential, Pretty Pins 

Fred Best Classic (BR6) – Mental looks to be well placed in this race, where Kerrin McEvoy will be able to give him a perfect run from barrier four. The gelding was dominant in his reappearance race over 1200m at Hawkesbury and if talk of him talking the Stradbroke is correct, he will be winning this. Magic Millions Guineas winner Punch On made a pleasing reappearance when flying home for second at the Gold Coast a fortnight ago and has a chance a big odds, but Amah Rock could be the biggest danger to the favourite. He won in good style at Caulfield last time out and will be hard to run down if he does use too much petrol getting across from barrier twelve. Emmalene and Morning Captain are place chances.
Selections: Mental, Amah Rock, Punch On, Morning Captain 

Doomben Cup (BR7) **TattsBet $105,156 Trifecta Jackpot** - Manighar easily has the best credentials for this race, having won three weight for age races at the top level during this campaign. If he shows form near that level here, he will be winning. The Hollindale Stakes from two weeks ago looks to be the key form race for this, with eight of its combatants locking horns again here. Shez Sinsational fought out the finish on the Gold Coast and will again run well, but Foreteller wasn’t disgraced back in fourth. He had to make a long run from the back and battled gamely to the line and with a better run in transit, could be the biggest danger to the favourite. Nine year-old Scenic Shot has won this race for the second time last year and will run another cheeky race at big odds.
Selections: Manighar, Foreteller, Shez Sinsational, Scenic Shot 

BRC Sprint (BR8) – There should be plenty of pace in this race with Listen Son, Tiger Tees and Dusty Star all likely to go forward. Free Wheeling showed that he was back to his best with a dominant four length win in the Hawkesbury Guineas last time out and will be hard to beat with a good run just behind the speed. Carry Me Bluey ran well enough in the Prime Minister’s Cup to suggest that he will be competitive in something like this, while Smokin’ Joey and Belltone are others to consider.
Selections: Free Wheeling, Carry Me Bluey, Smokin’ Joey, Belltone

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