Kementari will contest the Doomben 10,000. Photo: Steve Hart

2020 BRC Sprint Day Tips & Preview

The Brisbane Winter Carnival will go ahead without many of the usual feature races this year, but the quality still kicks up a gear at Doomben on Saturday.

BRC Sprint Day has attracted some of Queensland’s best racehorses, as well as an exciting interstate contingent led by the likes of Kementari.

You can find a rundown of each race and all of my 2020 BRC Sprint Day tips below.

Benchmark 80 Handicap (1050m) – 11:20am
No Bet

This is a reasonably difficult way to start the day and there’s a case to be made for many of these Saturday-ish grade horses. The one that I didn’t mind was the Hulbert-trained Wirnpa, but his early scratching has left me scratching my head, and I’m not going to open the account for the sake of it. Happy to wait for Race 2.

Mittys Benchmark 78 Handicap (2020m) – 11:55am
No. 2 Galtero

Certainly not an easy one to analyse either, but Galtero has been racing well and does look up to winning something of this quality. The Tony Gollan-trained gelding has found form around some decent horses this time and finished second behind Populist on the Sunshine Coast a couple of weeks ago. He’s rock-hard fit and will get a relief in the weights with a claiming apprentice aboard.

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Fillies & Mares BM72 Handicap (1200m) – 12:30pm
No. 8 Written With Ease

Written With Ease took up the running on the Sunshine Coast last time out and faded late to finish third, but she looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and can produce a similar on-pace effort from barrier 7. The Written Tycoon filly has mixed her form a little this time, but the conditions of this race should suit her down to the ground and her chances are further buoyed by Ryan Maloney taking the ride.

Colts & Geldings BM72 Handicap (1200m) – 1:05pm
No. 13 The Wild One

The Wild One rarely runs a bad race and strikes a winnable one at Doomben on BRC Sprint Day. The I Am Invincible gelding won two and placed in one through four starts last time in, picking up where he left off with a close-up second over 1050m here a couple of weeks ago. Any improvement on that effort would find him hard to beat.

Benchmark 85 Handicap (1350m) – 1:45pm
No. 1 Macewen

Macewen has returned some good efforts between rubbish this time but should be able to get back on top in this BM85 contest. The Rothesay gelding was utterly dominant here two starts back but didn’t fire a shot last time out. Regardless, he’s at peak fitness, drawn to effect and really doesn’t have any excuses.

Roku Gin 2YO Plate (1110m) – 2:25pm
No. 7 Gotta Kiss

Gotta Kiss will take good improvement into this race and looks the one to beat. The Steve O’Dea-trained filly stamped herself as one to watch over summer, recording an impressive win over 1000m and stepping out in the Magic Millions Classic, albeit a failed tilt. There was a lot to like about the way she hit the line to fill the minors when resuming at the Sunshine Coast and she’ll have conditions to suit here.

Listed Doomben Guineas (1615m) – 3:05pm
No. 1 Profit & No. 5 Impactful

This is one of the better races at Doomben on Saturday at an absolute canter, and a couple have caught my eye.

Chris Anderson has obviously had an opinion of Profit throughout his entire career so far, and it’s not hard to see why. The Dundeel gelding has been a strong and consistent performer and has recorded some lovely results recently, including a smart win over a mile at the Sunshine Coast last time out. He’s drawn to receive a lovely run again and will take beating.

The other one I think that could prove over the odds is Impactful. Out of the Waller yard, Impactful raced well in Sydney midweeks earlier this prep and while he didn’t match up in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas, he was far from disgraced in open company in Sydney last time out. Happy to take some of the $17 available for him at publish.

Group 3 BRC Sprint (1200m) – 3:45pm
No. 1 Kementari

If Kementari doesn’t win this race, he won’t be winning anything of note again. The Group 1 winner’s return from a failed career at stud certainly hasn’t been awful but is probably hasn’t quite lived up to the hype either. He’s so-far filled the minors of both the Group 3 Star Kingdom and the Group 3 Hall Mark in Sydney and will certainly be fitter third-up. Ryan Maloney has been booked to ride and once again, it really does look the perfect opportunity for him.

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Ascot Green BM80 Handicap (1615m) – 4:25pm
No. 10 Bering Sea

This is a wide-open race and typically, tough to end the day with it.

Bering Sea is a horse that typically enjoys good improvement with a run under his belt and I’ll be happy to have something on each-way at his current price ($11 at publish). The five-year-old gelding recorded some terrific results last time in and ran home well to finish a close-up fourth over 1200m here when resuming. The rise in trip will suit.