Doomben Racing Preview - December 28

C, G & E Bm 85 Handicap (BR5) 

The White Hope and Stradon are by far the two standouts in this race. The former resumed at Eagle Farm a month back finishing second behind in-form galloper Love Rocks, who went on to win last week’s Lough Neagh Stakes, while Stradon finished third in that race. The Matthew Dunn-trained galloper won over the 1350 for the second time in a Bm 85 at Doomben three weeks back, and has every chance to make it three over that distance on Saturday. Stradon returned to the winner’s circle in a Bm 85 at Doomben a fortnight back, and in that race beat topweight Regular in to third. The latter will again be lugging 60kg, but the five-year-old will meet Stradon two-and-a-half kilos better off. Onetimeatbandcamp finished ninth in that race but should give a good sight at decent odds given its record of three wins and a second from six starts second-up.

Selections: The White Hope, Stradon, Regular, Onetimeatbandcamp 

B.J. McLachlan Stakes (BR6)

Recent history shows this is a great preview to the Magic Millions 2yo Classic with Military Rose and Driefontein both winning before taking out the main event on the Gold Coast in early January, while this year’s Classic placegetters – Missy Longstocking and Sweet Idea – finished one-two in this race in 2012. Current MM 2yo favourite with TattsBet, Echo Gal has just her second start after streeting the field by four lengths at Warwick Farm in mid-December, although Chris Munce will be on board this time with Tommy Berry serving a suspension. Snitzel won this race in 2004 and his daughter Oakleigh Girl is two-from-two after taking out the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes at Doomben. She wasn’t nearly as impressive as she was in winning at Flemington during the carnival but should improve on her first Brisbane start. Encumbered came up trumps in the Wyong Magic Millions 2yo Classic, which is the same race Assail came through last year before he was scratched as favourite on the day of the MM. The Testa Rossa colt won easily coming from last to first in a six-horse field, but there are some doubts over the quality of the opposition, although the victory did give him three wins from four starts. Trainer Liam Birchley won this race last year but he’s unlikely to make it two straight with Sagatona, although it’s a definite place chance after gaining ground late from bad positions in both starts to date.

Selections: Oakleigh Girl, Encumbered, Echo Gal, Sagatona 

Vo Rogue Plate (BR7) *$150,000 TRIFECTA JACKPOT*

This race isn’t anywhere near as good a guide for the big three-year-old race on the Gold Coast with only one winner of the Guineas coming out of the Vo Rogue Plate over the last seven years. Missy Longstocking disappointed punters last start when forced to go to the front from a wide draw in the Listed Mode Plate and ran out of steam to finish third behind Enquare and Splendora. Should be able to take the sit here and should be better for the run after coming in to the Mode off a short spell. Enquare has won three straight and has only missed a place twice in eight starts. Splendora produced the run of the race in the Mode coming from the back of the field and was only beaten a head. Will probably have to do the same here in a big field, but should enjoy the extra trip and has won three of its last four. One of those victories came over Shiraz Attack by a half-head and the Oratorio filly has won twice and placed its other two starts this campaign, and has to be given a chance given the red-hot form Gillian Heinrich’s stable is in.

Selections: Missy Longstocking, Splendora, Enquare, Shiraz Attack


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