|Doomben Racecourse – 75 Hampden St, Ascot QLD 4007
|Saturday, November 25, 2023
Doomben Racecourse will hosts its second metropolitan meeting in three days this Saturday afternoon, with the Listed Recognition Stakes and Eureka Stud Classic headlining a 10-race program. As the weather is set to clear up and allow the track to dry out, expect the rating to improve towards the Soft range come raceday. The rail will move from the +10m position to the +4m position, meaning the track may play favourably to runners closer to the inside rail. The action at Doomben will kick off at 12:03pm AEST.
Recognition Stakes Tip: Zarastro
After finishing second in the Keith Noud Quality last start, the Tony Gollan-trained Zarastro will be seeking his first black-type win at the third time of asking. This five-year-old gelding led the field up last start and was only beaten by Extremist, who settled behind him and took over with 150m to go. This son of I Am Invincible has drawn wide in barrier 13 but has the speed to overcome that and should be able to find the front upon settling. With Angela Jones staying in the saddle, Zarastro will hug the rail at the top of the home straight and give a strong kick to lead all the way to victory.
Race 8 –
5yo Gelding | T: Tony Gollan | J: Angela Jones (53kg)
Eureka Stud Classic Tip: Extremist
Extremist was a very strong winner of the Listed Keith Noud Quality last start, where she drew away from the rest of the field to record a 1.3-length victory at this track and trip. The five-year-old mare will have to work across from barrier nine to settle in the first three or potentially lead. If this daughter of Extreme Choice does find the front, Robbie Dolan can run the race to suit his mount and roll around the home bend before upping the ante at the 300m mark and giving a massive sight out in front.
Eureka Stud Classic
Race 7 –
5yo Mare | T: Robert Heathcote | J: Robbie Dolan (57kg)
Best Bet at Doomben: Emperor
Emperor returned from a 21-week spell in a Class 3 Handicap at Randwick on November 7, where he settled close to the speed and let down with a blistering turn of foot to run away with an arrogant two-length victory over 1000m. On Saturday, this son of I Am Invincible will return to a track where he is undefeated from two starts. Stepping up in distance to 1110m second-up should be ideal for this four-year-old gelding, and if James Orman can push forward and settle in the first six, Emperor will just need even luck to bring up back-to-back victories.
Race 10 –
4yo Gelding | T: Matthew Dunn | J: James Orman (57.5kg)
Next Best at Doomben: Tojaki
We were with Tojaki last start when she won at this track and distance on November 11. The four-year-old mare handled the class rise and improved her career record to three wins and two placings from six starts. The daughter of Zoustar appears to be the only leader in this race, so with a good jump from barrier six, Tojaki should be able to cruise across to the rail and lead all the way en route to her fourth win of the preparation.
Race 5 –
4yo Mare | T: Stuart Kendrick | J: Robbie Dolan (56.5kg)
Best Value at Doomben: Happisburgh
Happisburgh was very unlucky last start at this track and trip, where he went for a run along the inside rail but was blocked by the slowing leader and lost all of his momentum. Two starts back, the six-year-old gelding ran home strongly into third place over 1600m at Eagle Farm. After drawing barrier 10 this weekend, Martin Harley can settle midfield on the outside of runners before making his move at the 500m mark. With an abundance of speed expected, the race should be run to suit Happisburgh, who will be finishing off strongly in the concluding stages.
Race 6 –
6yo Gelding | T: Barry Lockwood | J: Martin Harley (58.5kg)
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Saturday, November 25, 2023