Strong fields at Doomben and with fine weather expected I am going with horses in form and suited by the track.
ONE SHY RUBY (Race 1 No 5)
Trained by Chris Anderson, One Shy Ruby has shown improvement at every outing and was only just run down by Smart ‘N’ Sexy at her last outing in the Listed Dalrello Stakes over 1200m. By Rubick out of a speedy Bel Esprit mare, One Shy Ruby has a sprinter pedigree and the drop back to 1110m will suit at this time of her development. One Shy Ruby’s form to date has been on the bigger tracks but Doomben should suit and from gate seven James Orman will have her near the speed. One Shy Ruby meets an inferior field to last start and has a fitness edge over her most likely rival Bellissimi Amici. With all factors in her favour, One Shy Ruby should be too good. BET: WIN
SCALLOPINI (Race 7 No 1)
I am sticking with my old friend Scallopini. The Steve O’Dea five-year-old doesn’t know how to run a bad race and has an excellent third-up record winning three times from five attempts. At his last outing Scallopini got too far back over 1200m at Eagle Farm and the 1350m at Doomben is much more suitable. Being by Snitzel, Scallopini loves the sting out of the ground and regular rider Boris Thornton will give him every chance from gate seven. Scallopini has to give them all weight but he has proven himself a winner and can notch up his third Listed win here. BET: WIN
KRONE (Race 8 No 6)
I blackbooked Krone after her strong finishing burst in the Group II Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm over 1400m and am going to stick with her. Krone is yet to win at the metric mile but did run second at Flemington in the Edward Manifold Stakes and wasn’t far away in the Caulfield Thousand Guineas and Moonee Valley Fillies Classic. By Eurozone out of a half-sister by Al Maher to the Derby winner Universal Prince, Krone’s recent efforts over 1350m and 1400m indicate she is looking for longer and from gate six Brad Stewart can give her a positive ride. Krone has improved out of sight since joining Tony Gollan’s stable and she can join the long list of mares who thrive in the Queensland winter by winning this Group III at Doomben. BET: WIN
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