Doomben Tips & Preview – Saturday 31st October

A jam-packed ten-race program will take place at Doomben on Saturday, and some of Queensland’s best horses will step out.

It might not boast the class of Flemington or Rosehill this week, but a winner is a winner, and I think I’m onto a few in the Doomben tips below!

RQ Supports Safety In Racing QTIS Handicap (1110m) – 12:13pm AEDT
No Bet

Three of the ten confirmed starters in Race 1 at Doomben on Saturday are on debut and there isn’t a lot of exposed form to divulge.

I’m happy to stay out of this one, with a view towards something later in the season.

Stylish Century 3YO Handicap (1640m) – 12:51pm AEDT
No. 4 Olympic Class

Olympic Class has made just one appearance at the races so far, but he could hardly have been more impressive on debut, and he can continue his rise through the grades at Doomben on Saturday.

The Olympic Glory gelding mustered an eye-catching turn of foot in the straight at the Gold Coast to power away from his rivals and ultimately win by close to four lengths.

He’ll surely improve for that experience and he can win again.

Create Your Spring Calendar F&M Handicap (1110m) – 1:31pm AEDT
No. 1 Lyrical Girl

Lyrical Girl has returned to the races in career-best form this time, and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish again at Doomben on Saturday.

The Tony Gollan-trained mare broke her maiden with ease at Eagle Farm first-up and has only improved with each effort and as the bar has been raised, winning in Class 1 and Class 2 company.

This is probably the toughest task that she has been set, but she has drawn a peach and looks to have a class edge over a lot of these rivals.

The Moreton Hire Main Event C,G&E Handicap (1110m)- 2:11pm AEDT
No. 8 Skins

Skins will enjoy good improvement into his second campaign task and is primed to win.

The son of Sepoy hasn’t run a bad race since debuting and takes a record of two wins and as many placings from four starts into this contest.

He ran home well to finish second behind odds-on favourite Sugar Boom when resuming and there isn’t a horse of that calibre engaged in this field.

Austrans Benchmark 90 Handicap (2040m) – 2:51pm AEDT
No. 7 Fastnet Cyclone

Fastnet Cyclone has been a strong and consistent performer this preparation, and he can record another win in the fifth at Doomben on Saturday.

The Fastnet Rock gelding hasn’t missed placing at his last eight appearances and enters this race off the back of a credible third placing over 2200m.

I think that the small drop in trip will suit, and he is rock-hard fit for Saturday.

Moet & Chandon Open Quality Handicap (1640m) – 3:36pm AEDT
No. 1 The Harrovian

I certainly was not sold on The Harrovian’s chances in town ahead of his run at Eagle Farm but boy, was he impressive, and I can’t really find a reason why he won’t be able to replicate that at Doomben on Saturday.

The Fastnet Rock has been a star in North Queensland for several preps now, but there’s obviously a big difference in class between those races and Brisbane on a Saturday, but he made a successful transition last time out!

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Suez Jim Cahill Open Handicap (1350m) – 4:23pm AEDT
No. 2 Magnufighter

Magnufighter hasn’t been seen at the races since May, but he has a decent first-up record and a class edge over several of his rivals in this race.

The Magnus gelding was a strong and consistent performer during the early stages of the Winter Carnival this year, and beat home a quality field over 2000m most notably

There’s no doubt he’ll improve from whatever he does here, and he gets further out in trip, but the $7 available for him at publish looks nice value.

Planet Ruler No Metro Wins Handicap (1200m) – 4:58pm AEDT
No. 1 Weboughtazou

Weboughtazou has recorded two wins from as many starts this time and looks tough to beat third-up at Doomben on Saturday.

The Zoustar gelding surged clear to win by a length at the Sunshine Coast when resuming, and repeated that effort and result on the Gold Coast last time.

This is tougher again, but he has plenty of upside and is drawn to receive a nice run from a central gate.

Superior Pak BM78 Handicap (1640m) – 5:42pm AEDT
No. 7 Prospectus

Prospectus has been excellent this preparation and is another horse that looks well placed to win at Doomben on Saturday.

The Excelebration gelding hasn’t missed placing at his last six appearances, winning twice, including in Class 3 company at Eagle Farm two back.

He was unlucky not to beat Seeingisbelieving in a photo finish here two weeks ago, and he can go one better in this.

Sky Racing BM80 Handicap (1350m) – 6:20pm AEDT
No. 9 Fisticuffs

He didn’t fire last time out, but I’m going to stick with Fisticuffs in the last at Doomben on Saturday.

Fisticuffs is a horse with plenty of ability, and he returned to the races with a decent performance for third in Class 3 company, before recording a lovely win in a BM80 race here last month.

He was a month between runs into his last effort, and I’m expecting him to take some improvement into this.