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By Darren Winningham | Friday, September 10, 2021

This weekend we are back at Doomben where the track is rated “Soft” and the rail is out for 2.5 metres for the entire circuit. The track should be upgraded with warm weather forecast.

Wayne Wilson Medal night on Thursday night – won in a close battle by Tony Gollan – a superb recognition for him.

Short and sweet this weekend.

NB: As these selections were made prior to race-day please check for any changes to track conditions and for any scratchings on the day.

Race 1

Tough way to open the day.

The Sears Racing Runner Dis Dah Wun (2) deserves a change of luck. Has been unlucky in her last two starts. Drops back from a Class 6 race to a No Metro Win race this weekend with Leah Kilner (riding in great form) to take the ride.

Shanjomi (7) from Matthew Dunn Racing was defeated by Lasting Kiss (3) last time out at Lismore. There is a weight swing to Shanjomi (7) over 2.5 kilograms plus the allowance for apprentice Kyle Wilson Taylor (3 Kilograms) that would make a 5.5-kilogram swing – this could prove vital here this weekend.

Daring Belle (4) is trained by Pat Duff – back in grade and on a track where she has some good results – a definite rough place chance.


2– Dis Dah Wun
7 – Shanjomi
4 – Daring Belle
3 – Lasting Kiss

Race 2

An open affair this one – over 2020 metres.

I think it is a match race between Honorable Spirit (1) and Rapaport (4) – just quinella them!

Honorable Spirit (1) has been very consistent. Trained on the Gold Coast by John Smerdon, he will be ridden by Jaden Lloyd – his 3-kilogram claim will be useful for the large weight. I think his run behind Top Order last weekend at Eagle Farm was solid – the quick back up and on the Doomben, track should see him competitive.

David Vandyke trains Rapaport (4) with Jimmy Orman to ride. Made his debut for the stable at the Gold Coast with a win full of authority, leading all of the way – will scoot to the lead again and set up the race tempo from barrier 4. If they leave him alone in front and Orman dictates terms and gets cheap sectionals, he will be super hard to knock out. He has had only 2 career starts for 2 wins – can he make it 3 from 3?

Backlog (6) looks the best of the other runners to fill a place.


1 – Honorable Spirit
4 – Rapaport
6 – Blacklog
8 – Wild Sheila

Race 3

Another distance race at 2020 metres – oh no – double trouble in a row!

Jimmy Orman rides London Banker (1) for the Kelly Schweida Racing team here. They are looking for four wins in a row – that is pretty much unheard of in Brisbane staying races! Plus, if Jimmy can win the race prior that would mean a running race to race double for him. He continues to ride in superb form!

The Chris Waller trio of He Runs Away (2), I Could Do Better (8) and Stardome (4) all look like they will be the likely challengers. Just not certain what order to put them in.

He Runs Away (2) does have a pretty good record at this track and last time out worked home well behind London Banker (1) after getting out of his ground. Luke Dittman rides again here. I think with Zigallene (5) engaged in the race – she normally goes forward and is strong throughout the running - it could benefit He Runs Away (2) and he could do as his name suggests … “runs away” with the race.


1 – London Banker
2 – He Runs Away
8 – I Could Do Better
4 – Stardome

Race 4

Rob Heathcote has the two favourites here in Startantes (2), who won last time out beating the heavily backed favourite, and stable mate Prince of Boom (1). Can the result be reversed this weekend – I do not think so. Taylor Marshall will ride Startantes (2) again. A brilliant ride on the filly got her home last time out – some luck in running and speed in the race - she should get the job done again.

Prince Of Boom (1) will be better for the run and, to be fair, will probably appreciate the 1350 metres of this race more than the stable mate. Luke Dittman aboard again – look for a dramatic improved effort.

Glorious Ruby (3) is third up here this weekend – probably due to show something for trainer Bryan Dais.

Keep an eye on the impressive Whitewater (6) from the David Vandyke yards – if they come for this runner in the betting it may be advisable to follow the money trail.


2 – Startantes
1 – Prince of Boom
3 – Glorious Ruby
4 – Bulloo
Rough Chance – (6) Whitewater

Race 5

Difficult race over 1615 metres.

It is an open affair – tough race for punters.

Not a fan of the race.

Wayne Wilson Medal winner for 2021 Tony Gollan trains Shosha (14) who has won her last two starts. She has been well supported in the markets since they have opened – Stephanie Thornton will ride. Just some concern for me with barrier 14 as this mare likes to jump and lead – if she misses the kick and struggles early, she may be exposed late.

Our Fraulein (13) has drawn well this week in barrier 2 and Larry Cassidy will ride by Brian Smith. With $6 on offer I think this represents great each way value. I think the step up to the mile may be of benefit as well – some solid speed in the race should ensure this runner is getting home late.

Bryan & Daniel Guy have a live chance with Vendidit (10) who is third up this weekend and thrives in longer trips. I think the second up effort at the Gold Coast was a case of the second up blues. May just pay to overlook that run and give some serious consideration here. They have elected to claim with Kyle Wilson-Taylor taking 3 kilograms off.

Makedon (9), with Taylor Marshall aboard, drops back to the mile after failing over 1800 metres at the Sunshine Coast late time out – was sent out a heavily backed short priced favourite and let punters down. Back to the mile here and third up – he commands respect.

It is a tough race – just play wide for mine.


13 – Our Fraulein
14 – Shosha
10 – Vendidit
9 – Makedon

Race 6

First leg of the Quaddie – an open race over the 1615metres.

Wow – QLD will host the 2021 NRL Grand Final.

Ballistic Boy (2) was smashed in the betting first up at Doomben and won in a driving finish. Brad Stewart at his brilliant best in that ride. With the small field and the likely leader Blue Soldier (6) keeping the pace in the race – he gets similar conditions this weekend over 1615 metres.

After all that I really like the chances of the Annabel Neasham trained Blue Soldier from NSW to get them off the bit and chasing him in the running. Mark Du Plessis will ride him and his effort four weeks ago in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury showed that he will be right in this race. Third up as well – I think he may cause an upset here.

Willo Titto (5) from Michael Costa yards carried a massive weight last time out at Murwillumbah and finished a good third. Back down in weight she could figure in the finish here. Jim Byrne rides her.


6 – Blue Soldier
2 – Ballistic Boy
5 – Willo Titto
8 – Wapiti
Rough chance – (1) Reloaded

Race 7

The first leg of the treble here. Over 1200 – No Metro Wins race.

Roughie here for me in the Brian Smith trained Full Nelson (2) who was gallant first up when beaten 1.3 lengths behind Catesby (who has won since). Andrew Spinks rides him this weekend. He was a dual acceptor as well and has been scratched from the last race – maybe that is a sign!

Rebel Salute (3) is trained by Bryan and Daniel Guy – they could train a double on Saturday with any luck with this runner who will be ridden by Jimmy Orman again. He won a midweek race on a heavy track. I just hope that he is not a genuine wet tracker – his best form is on slow and heavy tracks.

Big Bad Bruce (8) won midweek last start as well. Steps up to weekend company again but on the strength of that win must be considered. Stephanie Thornton takes over this weekend. He does have a solid record at the Doomben track – one to watch and keep safe.

Confidant (11) resumes here for the Cody Morgan stable. They have a wonderful strike rate when they bring their runners to QLD. No serious support for this one yet – keep your eye on the markets. They have gone to Andrew Mallyon to ride this Fastnet Rock gelding – he does seem to get a few rides for this stable here.


2 – Full Nelson
8 – Big Bad Bruce
3 – Rebel Salute
11 – Confidant
Rough chance – (15) Five Oxford

Race 8

A sprint over 1110 metres.

Racecourse Road (4) was taken on at the Gold Coast first up and just tired late. Trained by the Kelly Schweida Racing team, I think that the shorter distance and the opportunity to lead without being pressured should see him return to the winner’s stalls this weekend. Ryan Maloney rides him for the first time.

Soxagon (1) resumes for Mark Currie based in Toowoomba. His stable has had some wonderful success in recent weeks. He has a large weight to carry – has had two solid trials – Brad Stewart will ride. If he is at his best, he could just slay this opposition and leave them in his wake. One thing for sure he will be right in the finish.

You Make Me Smile (6), trained by Steven O’Dea and Matt Hoysted, resumed with a superb effort at Eagle Farm. He has a tremendous second up record with 4 wins from 6 starts – could just be the one to knock these fancied runners off as he is down on the minimum weight and also the speed in the race will ensure he is able to get home late.


4 – Racecourse Road
1 – Soxagon
6 – You Make Me Smile
3 – Tambo’s Mate

Race 9

The last race – an extremely competitive field – a massive one at that!

I think that if you are having a winning day coming into the last you should put the wallet in the pocket and just watch!

This is an extremely difficult race.

Some speed in the race with Alderman (4) and Rock Amore (12) drawn to go forward.

Deep Sceiva (14) probably sits behind them with Leah Kilner to ride. Just hoping that she gets across and onto the fence and is not caught wide from barrier 10.

The stable mate is Scottish Mist (15) who I thought last time out was just unlucky in the running and possible should have won the race – was left with no run late in the straight. This weekend she has drawn barrier 17 and Taylor Marshall will need some luck and some magic to get her home, but maybe she can get some space late and burst through and get a win at huge odds!

Dreamcatcher (10) is in a purple patch of form – worked home very well late here last start to just miss beating the impressive Weona Smartone. Keeping that performance in mind I think that the extra distance of 150 metres (this race is 1350 metres) will be advantageous. Jimmy Orman is aboard again – nicely drawn in barrier 4.

Peppi La Few (2) was a heavily backed favourite last time out at Eagle Farm – I think will be better suited here where he has performed well previously.

Roman Aureus (7), trained by Brian Wakefield, raced over the mile last start – back in distance here probably suits this gelding who does love this track and distance. At this track alone has had 10 starts for 4 wins and 6 placings. Larry Cassidy will ride.


10 – Dreamreacher
14 – Deep Sceiva
15 – Scottish Mist
2 – Peppi La Few
Rough chance – (7) Roman Aureus & (8) Acrobatic & (12) Rock Amore

Jockey’s Challenge

The choice looks to be between Jimmy Orman, Kyle Wilson Taylor, and Leah Kilner. I think Jimmy gets the chocolates this week.

Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5)

1,4,6 / 1,2,8 / 1,2 / 9,10,13,14 - cost is $72 to $1

Value Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5)

1,4 / 1,2 / 1,2 / 13,14 - cost is $16 to $1

Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

2,5,6 / 2,3,8,11 / 1,4,6 / 2,10,14,15 - cost is $144 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

2,6 / 2,3,8 / 4,6 / 10,14,15 - cost is $36 to $1

Treble (races 7 to 9)

2,3,8,11 / 1,4,6 / 2,10,14,15 - cost is $48 to $1


FLEMO won last weekend in a tough day – well done mate. Great news earlier in the week with QLD to host the NRL Grand Final – hopefully another NSW team victory in 2021! Be sure to check Facebook on Saturday morning for our updated information where I will post our selections and any late mail!

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