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By Darren Winningham | Friday, December 7, 2018

Doomben again this week.

The track is currently rated “SOFT” and the rail will be out 2 metres for the entire course this weekend.

There is a hot weather forecast for the coming days with the classic Queensland afternoon storms – however, I think we will be racing on a “Good” track come Saturday.

The State of Origin Jockey Series kicks off today at Doomben. The second day is on Saturday.

As I said last week, I am tipping a dead heat between the Kiwis (Damian Browne and Jason Collett) and the NSW team (Brad Stewart and Corey Brown). My exclusive special is for the QLDers to get the wooden spoon! I will be happy to present it to them as well when I return home from Hongkers!

With my eyes on the Hong Kong International races on Sunday I will make this brief this weekend!

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

The Toby Edmonds trained Champagne Jet (1) looks a special here after an exciting debut at the Sunshine Coast. On that occasion he beat his stable mate who came out last weekend and franked the form!

Selections: 1-5-6-2


Race 2

A pretty open affair this race – however, can the Edmonds Racing team start the program with a winning double with Lulu Express (11) to be ridden by boom apprentice Jackson “McLovin” Murphy who out rode his 3 kilogram claim at Ipswich earlier in the week!

This runner is down in the weights, has the claim for Murphy and the nice barrier should see him be positive on her from the gates!

Smug Satisfaction (13) from the Michael Costa yards on the Gold Coast looks the likely danger with two solid wins in her past two starts.

Selections: 11-13-7-4 rough chance number 1


Race 3 – Race 1 of the Origin Series (Saturday)

A good race here.

A kiwi victory is on the cards!

Damian Browne aboard the Norm Hilton trained Winning Kiss (7). I think the mare has been screaming out for the mile. She gets that distance this weekend. She will be at good odds as well.

Al’s Kingdom won well last start at the Sunshine Coast. Brad Stewart (NSW) is aboard for trainer Liam Birchley and the silks are coloured BLUE – here we go punters!

Omineca (9) had a solid run here last start when solidly backed late. Jim Byrne is aboard.

Selections: 7-8-9-6 rough chances 11 & 12


Race 4

Looks like another solid chance for the formidable duo of Jackson Murphy and Toby Edmonds.

Cadogan (11) was very impressive last start … just sitting in behind them before being set alight in the final 200 metres by Murphy and drawing away for a dominant win.

Publishing Power (7) trained by Ben Currie just has had no luck in recent starts – maybe with the engagement of Brett Prebble his fortunes may change.

Bold Assassin (12) ran some super races over the Winter Carnival and resumes here for trainer Garnett Taylor and Ryan Wiggins. I remember his run in the Grafton Guineas – superb is the word that comes to mind. His two recent trials would suggest he is fit enough here to test this lot. He will want some speed on early as he does get back – but he does finish well and has a good first up record.

Selections: 11-7-12-13 rough chance 1


Race 5

The Chris Munce trained Ceol Na Mara (6) was impressive last start over the mile. She looked like 2000 metres would not bother here too much and the way she let down would suggest she is right in this. Ronnie Stewart retains the ride.

Trusty Lad (4) came from well back in the same race – look for an improved effort this weekend with Jimmy Orman in the saddle.

Coastal Prince (2) is another Edmonds Racing runner – he could be in for a big day! This runner has had a month off since his last win at the Sunshine Coast.

Selections: 6-4-2-3


Race 6 - Race 2 of the Origin Series (Saturday)

Galtero (6) from the Tony Gollan yard looks the winner for mine – a nice ride for the Tasmanian Craig Newitt. Forget the last start run where he went up in grade. Prior to that his form was impeccable.

The danger is the Michael Nolan trained Ruby Guru (4) to be strapped by Nick Hahn – I think this may be his new favourite in the stable after her impressive last start win. The other Tasmanian Brendon McCoull has the ride – this could be a unique result for the Tasmanians!

Selections: 6-4-8-10


Race 7

Tony Gollan trains Coldstone (1) who was great first up – maybe can go on with that run.

Steve Tregea trains Prioritise (4) with Michael Murphy aboard. He is undefeated at the mile with three starts for three wins. Looks the one to test these here.
Selections: 1-4-6-9


Race 8

This is a great race.

I am staying with the mighty mare Femme Fireball (6) – she has won three in a row now for Dale Smith and Rob Heathcote. She is in great form.

The runner who could have been considered unlucky last start is the Bjorn Baker trained Test The World (2) who always seems to go better second up. Corey Brown has been booked to ride her this weekend.

Plumaro (10) returned to form last start for trainer Kevin Kemp and won well. Kempy also claimed the feature race last weekend at the Kilcoy Race Club with Zouzouzakia winning the Cannonball Final over 800 metres. His stable is certainly firing – this filly must be considered again this weekend!

Selections: 6-2-10-3 rough chance 4


Race 9

This race is too hard – not a big fan of it!

Take the field in your Quaddies and Trebles – this looks very open with many chances.

Awesome Pluck (3) was unlucky last start – overlook the run and give the Jenny Graham another chance for mine.

Bombarding (13) has drawn poorly for Sydney trainer David Pfeiffer. Despite this he has great form and could be one to show up at some odds if Corey Brown can get any luck from barrier 20.

Tony Gollan has Ignite The Light (15) engaged – drawn well with Dale Smith in the saddle – maybe another one who could show up.

Selections: 3-13-15-4


Jockey Challenge

I think Damian Browne could win the challenge across the entire 9 races!

Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5 NSW only)

7,11,13 / 7,8,9 / 7,11,12 / 2,4,6 - cost is $81 to $1

Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

4,6,8 / 1,4,9 / 2,6,10 / 3,13,15 - cost is $81 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

4,6 / 1,4 / 2,6 / 3,13 - cost is $16 to $1

Treble (races 7 to 9)

1,4,9 / 2,6,10 / 3,13,15 - cost is $27 to $1


FLEMO claimed a lucky win last weekend – so I need to hit back! Plus, there is the traditional NSW v QLD banter with the Jockey’s Challenge occurring this weekend! Remember to check out our last-minute tips and preview on Facebook on Saturday morning after the track and final scratchings have been sorted out!

Good luck and good punting!

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