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By Darren Winningham | Friday, July 12, 2019


Doomben this weekend with the track rated “SOFT.” The rail is out 3 metres for the entire course. The weather looks good for the weekend. Jockey Jeff Lloyd retires at the end of the meeting … there are sure to be some emotional scenes.

As you all know I have been reporting live from Grafton all week – I am a little sick – lost my voice actually. There will be some QLD supporters that would be happy with that!

I am not a fan of this meeting – so it will be brief and to the point.

NB: As this form assessment was made prior to race-day, please check final fields and track conditions for any changes on the day


Race 1

I am starting off the day with a $31 horse as my tip from the Anderson & Heathcote Racing team with Jackson Murphy to ride - Star Silk (6). I think his runs so far tend to suggest that he is ready to fire.

Michael Hellyer rides the favourite Kings Full (7) who resumes for his new stables - Kacy Fogden trains. He won a recent trial at Beaudesert and that would suggest he is ready to race.

Michael Costa trains Seat of Power (9) who didn’t see out the 1800 metres last start. Back to a mile - look for an improved effort.

Selections: 6-7-9-5


Race 2

Move on – terrible race.

Waller horses look the obvious pair – for the record Savacool (3) to beat Another Dollar (2). Hopefully a win here.

Selections: 3-2-1-4


Race 3

A small field of two-year-olds.

Tony Gollan trains Ingear (7) who won on debut at Ipswich – she looked like there was plenty of improvement in her and she will be hard to hold out here.
Karaja (8) is from the Dunn Racing team – she was scratched from the meeting on Thursday at Grafton to run here. She is stepping up to 1200 metres. I think the last start should be forgiven as I think she struggled on the heavy track at the Sunshine Coast. Jim Byrne is in the saddle.

Selections: 7-8-1-2


Race 4

This race is named the “Good Luck Jeff Lloyd” race.

It would be special for him to ride the winner – Toby Edmonds has put him on Sunday Session (10) to win the race. I am certain that if it wins there will be a “Sunday Sesh” somewhere for Jeff and his loyal supporters! The gelding resumes here and has been trialling well – so he is on a live chance.

I think the party will be spoilt by the John & Chris Meagher trained Rich Affair (8) who will benefit from this track. Brad Stewart to ride.

Tegan Harrison rides Mr Storm (12) for the Bevan Laming team. Third up here – should be ready to fire.

Selections: 8-10-12-1


Race 5

A pretty even race here. I think the way to go is to follow the Sunshine Coast Glasshouse form.

Snitch (4) and Magnufighter (5) both did not appreciate the heavy track up there. Back onto a firmer surface I expect them to show dramatic improvements this weekend.

Tisani Magic (7) won at the Sunshine Coast for Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp. Kemp was also successful at the Grafton Carnival during the week training Mister Spinks for bookmaker and part owner Con Searle. His stable is firing now!

Amanaat (2) is trained by Mark Currie. No jockey has been declared on Friday morning – will it take his place in the field?

Selections: 4-5-7-2


Race 6

The first leg of the Quaddie and it is a Two Metro Win race – AGGHHHH!

Not a big fan of the race people.

Let’s go for the new kid on the block – All Hard Wood (10) trained by Richard Laming making his debut in Brisbane. He has had two months between runs, and I think a mile will suit him.

The danger looks to be Bel Bugress (2) who will appreciate the firmer surface this weekend.

Boom Boom Epic (4) has been racing consistently. I’m not too sure he was happy leading last weekend here but he ison the quick back up – maybe that is a sign of confidence from the Anderson & Heathcote Racing team.

Selections: 11-2-4-8 rough chance 7


Race 7

The races just get better – a No Metro Win race.

Ignite the Light (9) resumes here for Gollan Racing with Brad Stewart in the saddle. He has the addition of a tongue control bit for the first time and comes off a solid recent barrier trial – that should see him well placed to win first up here.

Matthew John Dunn trains Beau Arrow (4) who won last start here midweek. I think that run and the run in the Hinkler (listed) sees him well placed here.

Snipstream (3), trained by Donald “Ducky” Baker, was scratched at the barrier last start. Prior to that he won the Kilcoy Cup in barnstorming style. His recent trial was nothing to write home about, but I expect him to run well here.

Coral Bay (5) resumes here – he always races well fresh – respect.

Selections: 9-4-3-5


Race 8

Another No Metro Win race.

Pippie (14) resumes here for the John & Chris Meagher stable. She has some wonderful form in Melbourne and is on debut here this weekend in Queensland. Her barrier trial was great 3 weeks ago and she will have stripped better for that effort – look for a bold showing first up.

Flower of Love (12), trained by Kelly Schweida, won last start in midweek. I think that she will race handy and if the favourite has any deficiencies in fitness over 1200 metres, she will find them out.

Oradonna (1) will be better suited now third up over 1200 metres.

Musical Genius (2) is trained on the Gold Coast by Les Kelly who won with Snapchat Girl at Grafton. The stable and rider Anthony Allen are in form – it may pay to follow them!

Selections: 12-14-1-2 rough chance 3


Race 9

The last race of the program.

There has been a plunge on one here – Desert Digby (7) from the Desleigh Forster stables who has been smashed in the betting firming from $12 to $4.20.

I think that Rock Beat (5) represents good value at $14 here. Third up and over 1200 metres, it will be right in this race.

Granny Red Shoes (8) resumes here for Edmonds Racing and it is Jeff Lloyds last ride ever – could be an omen!

Jami Lady (4) was wonderful last weekend on the heavy track and backs up quickly for trainer Steven O’Dea. She has drawn terrible in barrier 22 – however, she will be ridden off the speed and then will sprint late.

Ef Troop (1) has been racing without much luck – I just want to see him win before I tip him again.

Tambo’s Mate (6) is looking for a hat trick of wins here this weekend for trainer Stuart Kendrick and 2019 Ramornie winning jockey Matthew McGillivray. Tambo’s Mate is a nice type and could show up at odds.

Selections: 5-8-6-7 rough chance 1 & 4


Jockey’s Challenge

Brad Stewart wins – get on!

Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5 NSW only)

2,3 / 7,8 / 8,10,12 / 2,4,5,7 – cost is $48 to $1

Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

2,4,8,11 / 3,4,9 / 1,2,12,14 / 5,6,7,8 - cost is $192 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

2,4,11 / 4,9 / 12,14 / 5,7,8 - cost is $36 to $1

Treble (races 6 to 9)

3,4,9 / 1,2,12,14 / 5,6,7,8 - cost is $48 to $1


FLEMO is sick in bed – rest up mate and get better. I would be hiding under the blankets and not showing my face after the mighty NSW team won their second consecutive State of Origin. Only eight more series win to go until you may see that shield – go NSW.

Good luck and good punting

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