|Where||Doomben Racecourse – 76 Hampden St, Ascot QLD 4007|
|When||Monday, April 4, 2022|
|First Race||12:35pm AEST|
Doomben is hosting a rare eight-race metropolitan meeting on Monday afternoon, and that is due to Wednesday’s meeting being washed out. HorseBetting’s Queensland racing expert presents his best bets and quaddie numbers for the meeting, which is set to begin at 12:35pm AEST. The track is rated a Soft 7, but drying conditions over the weekend will see the track continue to improve, right up until the first race on Monday, while the rail is out 9m for the entire course.
BEST BET: Street Dancer
We were pretty bullish about Street Dancer’s winning chances on Saturday at Eagle Farm, but David Vandyke has elected to wait until Monday to step the four-year-old gelding out for his second start in Queensland. The son of Pride Of Dubai was quite good in his Brisbane debut on March 16 when second at Eagle Farm over 1600m, so we expect him to improve greatly off that run where he was caught three-wide the trip on the back of a very slowly run race where leaders on the fence were favoured. Now out to 2000m and back to a weak Class 1, Ryan Maloney should be guiding the Group 3-placed galloper to victory. He will take plenty of beating.
NEXT BEST: Ekaterina
The second race of the afternoon sees a nice field of two-year-olds step out over 1200m, including debut winners Jamaican Rumba and Yiska, but we are hoping that Ekaterina can get the job done on debut. The Robert Heathcote-trained filly is a half-sister to dual Group 1-placed filly Startantes, so if she has similar ability, she can be a debut winner. The daughter of Russian Revolution showed plenty of smarts in her only trial to date, when winning at Doomben over 840m on March 15. Of the four two-year-old trials over that distance on that morning, Ekaterina was the quickest of the lot, and we have already seen some of the other youngsters from that group come out and win or run well in town, including Hang Five and Flop Turn River. She only has to carry 52kg under Leah Kilner, and she won’t have to do any work from barrier two. She could be pretty smart.
BEST VALUE: Minjee
Rob Heathcote and Leah Kilner combine in the penultimate with four-year-old mare Minjee. The daughter of Not a Single Doubt hasn’t won since her two-year-old season where she was up there with Queensland’s top two-year-olds. Five starts ago, Minjee finished seventh behind Zoukina who went around in Saturday’s $500,000 Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick, so that is a great form reference for for this Benchmark 70. This mare was only beaten a length at Ipswich over this distance last time out, and the runner-up from that race, Spirit’s Charm, has since won, and Yulong Status went around on Saturday at Eagle Farm. With just 52.5kg on her back, we are confident that Minjee can get a breakthrough victory.
Monday quaddie tips for Doomben
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