Doomben Racing Preview - January 18

3yo Open Handicap (BR6)

A competitive three-year-old event with plenty of form lines to consider. It’s even more difficult to assess with two major hopes starting from outside gates. Just out of maiden class, Steven O’Dea’s filly Fairytale Belle appeals from the inside marble. Secret Harmony must be included despite having to contend with the top-weight of 59kg, a wide barrier and the fact that this quality Hotel Grand gelding is probably looking for further than 1200m. The Liam Birchley/Chris Munce combination is always dangerous so watch for any betting moves for Royal Finish first-up, while Nude Secrets' form has been well-exposed.

Selections: Fairytale Belle, Secret Harmony, Royal Finish, Nude Secrets

Class 6 Handicap (BR7)

Another wide-open affair, with plenty of chances. Going for the improving Star Sammy who was beaten on the line by Interject at the Gold Coast a fortnight ago. If Maija Vance can lead or sit just off the pace, Lawrie Mayfield-Smith’s four-year-old looks hard to beat. Top-weight Top Rada is in great form, but Jim Byrne will have to use all his skills to off-set his 58.5kg impost and barrier 14. Mishani Persuader has the outside gate, but will be storming home and has to be included at its third run back from a spell. Former Victorian Cum Dividend is a hope at its second run in Queensland and does boast second-up form in the south. A bit of rain, however, would enhance its chances.

Selections: Star Sammy, Top Rada, Mishani Persuader, Cum Dividend

NMW Handicap (BR8)

A big drop in class, a three-kilo claiming apprentice and gate two should help consistent mare Little Brown Horse return to the winner’s stall. Beaten just over two lengths after a slow getaway in the Goldmarket on the Coast a fortnight ago, Kelly Doughty’s tough mare looks well placed in a Restricted O Metro Wins Handicap over 1350m. The improving Stargrill Boy is backing up after a good win over the track and distance last week and is an obvious danger. Team Meagher’s Doctor David didn’t have much luck last start at Eagle Farm and the added 150m looks ideal. If north Queensland visitor Daph’N’Alf is left alone in front he can pinch it.

Selections: Little Brown Horse, Stargrill Boy, Doctor David, Daph’N’Alf

NMW Handicap (BR9)

Don’t want to be losing coming to the last, as this is a really tough get-out race. Mel Eggleston’s More Than Money appeals here in a wide-open affair. Storming home last start over 1200m at this track, the son of More Than Ready will relish the extra 150m and if Luke Rolls can get some early cover, it can definitely finish over the top of them. My second pick, Chalupa, comes out of the same race as More Than Money and needs a similar run to be competitive. Having won on him last start in Rockhampton, ace jockey Brad Stewart sticks with central Queenslander Motorised in town and that’s normally a good guide. Country Command is another good money-spinner with solid form.

Selections: More Than Money, Chalupa, Motorised, Country Command


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