|Where||Doomben Racecourse – 75 Hampden Street, Ascot QLD 4007|
|When||Saturday, August 28, 2021|
|First Race||11:38am AEST|
HorseBetting’s Queensland form analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie numbers for Saturday’s nine-race card at Doomben Racecourse. A number of top Queensland horses are resuming this weekend, making for a cracking support card to Caulfield’s Memsie Stakes Day. The track is rated a Soft 5, the rail is out just 0.5m for the entire course, and the opening race of the day is set to go at 11:38am AEST.
Doomben Best Bet: Weona Smartone
Prior to markets opening, we expected to see closer to $1.70 for David Vandyke’s winning machine Weona Smartone, and while that might end up being the case if his main market rival, Tramonto, scratches and starts in Friday’s Goldmarket Handicap instead, we are happy to take the $2 while we can. The five-year-old gelding has won five of his six starts and is looking to make it six straight on Saturday after an unbeaten three-start campaign during the autumn. The son of Shamexpress won by 2.25 lengths at this track in Saturday grade over 1110m first-up before going back to midweek grade and winning by 5.5 lengths and 5 lengths respectively. Vandyke gave the gelding a quiet outing at the trials on August 16 over 1000m, which should have him ready first-up at the 1200m journey. Ryan Maloney does the riding yet again, and while he has to overcome barrier 10, Weona Smartone has exceptional gate speed which should see him lead this on his ear. The others are running for second place.
Next Best Bet at Doomben: Alpine Edge
This 3YO Plate over 1200m is by far the race of the day, with two of Queensland’s top three-year-olds facing off. Prince Of Boom is the current favourite after a brilliant start to his career, winning impressively at the Sunshine Coast on debut and then backing up just seven days later to win the Group 2 Spirit Of Boom Classic by 2.5 lengths. The field in the latter race included Tiger Of Malay, who won the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at his next start. Meanwhile, Alpine Edge bypassed the Winter Carnival to be kept fresh for a tilt at some Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne this spring. The Edmonds-trained colt resumed brilliantly at Eagle Farm on July 31, coming from near last to slice through and win by 1.5 lengths with 60kg on his back. The son of Better Than Ready drops 2kg on Saturday and gets to carry 1kg less than Prince Of Boom, despite holding a higher handicap rating. Robbie Fradd returns to the pilot seat and should have Alpine Edge charging home in the straight after jumping from barrier 10.
Best Value Bet at Doomben: At Witz End
While horses like Winx and Black Caviar extended their winning streaks and started long odds-on, At Witz End seems to be the forgotten horse every time he steps on to a racetrack. The six-year-old son of Epaulette has won three of his four starts this campaign, with his only defeat being a near dead-heat when first-up at Casino in the Beef Week Cup on May 28. Owen Glue’s gelding then went to Ipswich and won well in a No Metro Wins Handicap over 1350m at $21, then won his next two at this track and distance in Benchmark 85 grade as a $16 and $14 shot respectively. At his most recent start, he carried 59.5kg, was left in front early at the top of the straight and fended off his rivals to just win, but on Saturday he drops 4.5kg to the 55kg, draws a much kinder barrier (3) and keeps Robbie Fradd in the saddle – and we are still getting $7! At Witz End should find the box seat from that alley and be ultra-hard to beat again with plenty of fitness in his legs against some resuming stayers.
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