|Doomben Racecourse – 75 Hampden St, Ascot QLD 4007
|Saturday, December 2, 2023
The Group 3 George Moore Stakes headlines a massive program at Doomben Racecourse this Saturday afternoon. The track is already rated a Heavy 8, and with rain forecast on Friday and Saturday, it is expected to stay in that range. The rail will be in the +1m position for the entire circuit, with the opening race scheduled to jump at 12:03pm AEST.
George Moore Stakes Tip: Nettuno
Nettuno was a dominant winner first-up at the Sunshine Coast, where he burst through a gap at 200m mark to run away with an easy two-length victory over 1000m. The four-year-old entire has always shown potential but wasn’t able to win at four starts in Group company during his three-year-old season. However, it appears that Tony Gollan and his team have got this guy back to his best. Damien Thornton will take the ride, and with an economical run from barrier two, Nettuno should prove very hard to beat in the feature.
George Moore Stakes
Race 8 –
4yo Horse | T: Tony Gollan | J: Damien Thornton (54kg)
Mode Stakes Tip: Abounding
After an unlucky two-year-old campaign that garnered three minor placings at Listed and Group 3 level, the Robert Heathcote-trained Abounding returned from a 20-week spell with an impressive win at this track and trip on October 28. This daughter of Rich Enuff settled behind the speed before peeling off the leader’s back to bolt down the outside and win it eased down. Martin Harley will stick with this filly second-up, and from barrier three, he should be able to adopt similar tactics to last start.
Race 7 –
3yo Filly | T: Robert Heathcote | J: Martin Harley (56.5kg)
Tails Stakes Tip: Tojaki
Up-and-coming mare Tojaki has won four of her last five starts, with two of those coming at Doomben over 1350m. This daughter of Zoustar has gone through her grades nicely this preparation and has more than deserved a crack at Listed level at her seventh start. Last weekend, she dominated from the front and was strong enough to hold out a fast-finishing Midnight In Tokyo. Jake Bayliss will reconnect with this girl in the Tails Stakes, and if he can find the rail and lead or settle in the box seat, Tojaki should get every chance to complete the hat-trick.
Race 6 –
4yo Mare | T: Stuart Kendrick | J: Jake Bayliss (53kg)
Best Bet at Doomben: Knight’s Choice
Knight’s Choice kicked off his preparation in Sydney and competed in the $10 million Golden Eagle second-up before returning to Queensland to run in an Open Quality over 1600m. Although he hasn’t won since returning as a four-year-old, this son of Extreme Choice has found a very winnable race at Doomben fourth-up. Last start, this gelding didn’t get a lot of luck back in the field, but he finished off strongly to run home into fourth place. Stepping up to 2000m for the first time will suit, and if he gets even luck, Knight’s Choice should go very close.
Race 9 –
4yo Gelding | T: John Symons & Sheila Laxon | J: Jaden Lloyd (55.5kg)
Next Best at Doomben: The Drover
The Drover proved far too good in a Benchmark 78 Handicap at this track and trip when second-up on November 11, working his way through the field and letting down with a blistering turn of foot in a 2.3-length victory. The Natalie McCall-trained galloper doesn’t string wins together regularly, but with a very good record on rain-affected tracks (13:3-7-0), he should run well again third-up. If he can settle in a similar position to last start, The Drover will be finishing off strongly and should play a prominent role in the finish.
Race 10 –
7yo Gelding | T: Natalie McCall | J: Damien Thornton (58.5kg)
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