Doomben Racing Preview - December 21

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3yo Open Handicap (BR6)

A tough start to the Quadrella, with many of these three year olds getting to 2000m for the first time. Last start Ipswich Maiden winner, Red Ocean, appeals on an each way basis. The daughter of Red Dazzler, trained by Matt Kropp in Toowoomba, stormed home at its most recent outing when heavily backed and will carry just 51kg after Ruby Ride’s claim. A last start runner-up on the track over 1615m, Our Zidane, looks suited, as does the daughter of Don Eduardo, Don Ella, from the Rob Heathcote yard. Topweight , Santoya Cat, is also chance despite the wide barrier.

Selections: Red Ocean , Our Zidane , Don Ella , Santoya Cat

NMW Handicap (Doom R7)

With four placings from seven runs this campaign, ever consistent five year old, Vacallo, deserves a sixth career win. Unplaced just twice from 10 starts over the 1350m at Doomben, this Heathcote runner will be hard to beat, especially if there’s a bit rain around. Scone visitor, Ergo, looks the testing material. This son of Choisir has four wins and three placings from 11 start. Honest mare, Pretty Gully, will be competitive after four solid performances on the circuit. Cracco is another runner which should be included.

Selections: Vocallo , Ergo , Pretty Gully , Cracco

Lough Neagh Stakes (Doom R8)

The listed Lough Neagh Stakes boasts prizemoney of $175,000, with the winner netting connections $112,000. Seasoned sprinters and rising stars will contest the Quality Handicap over 1350m. A winner first-up from a 147 day spell, Lucky Hussler can go on with it. The son of Husson, trained by Kent Fleming on the Gold Coast, was highly competitive during the Brisbane Winter Carnival finishing a close third to Sizzling in the Group 2 Qld Guineas, before a similar placing behind Academus in the Daybreak Lover. Topweight, Mahisara, is the class runner and after being contending major sprints during our carnival, the Paul Messara trained five year old won the Group 3 Sandown Stakes five weeks ago. Rider Glen Colless will need to call on all his experience to overcome 59kg and the outside gate (14). From a sheer persistency and consistency, Kelly Doughty’s five year old gelding, Morning Captain, deserves consideration after a win and four placings this campaign. New kid on the block, Love Rocks, is flying and has earned a crack at this grade.

Selections: Lucky Hussler , Mahisara , Morning Captain , Love Rocks

1MW Handicap (Doom R9)

If Hi Son converts potential into outright form, then this four year old gelding from David Kelly’s Gold Coast stable is the one to beat. From a two start winter campaign, the son of Husson finished third to Proverb in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic. If there’s any significant rain, bottom weight Walhaan comes right into contention after a last start track and distance second behind the inform Emerald Duke which is going for four straight in race 5. Altai Warrior returned to form last time and also has form behind Emerald Duke. Trakstar is the knockout horse and given a cosy run from gate three by Ryan Wiggins should be storming home.

Selections: Hi Son , Walhaan , Altai Warrior , Trakstar