Doomben is currently rated a Heavy 8 with the rail in the true position. With light showers predicted in the lead up to race day, you can expect the track to remain in rain affected condition.
The best going on a Heavy/Soft surface is likely to be down the centre of the track, with runners who can sit mid-field with cover to be favoured as the meeting goes on.
Doomben Race 2 Tip #2 Reckless Choice $2.65
This son of Choisir is third-up here and gets to a more suitable distance, where his stats read 3:2-0-1 over 1600m.
His first two runs this preparation have been full of merit against stronger quality gallopers and he looks well suited down in grade.
Drawn barrier one, jockey Boris Thornton can take a more forward position behind Ready Set Boom who has drawn next door.
He handles the soft going, gets a gun run in transit and looks to be a class above his rivals here.
Doomben Race 4 Tip #1 Mishani Hustler $3.60
Returns to Doomben where his stats read 5:3-1-0.
While he's yet to be proven at the distance, the 1050m on a rain affected track will play like a 1200m race, a distance he's been effective at in the past.
He's well suited with the cut out of the ground and if you reference his last start on a Soft track at Doomben, when he ran second 2.5 lengths to Zousain, you'd be jumping at the $3.60 quote.
The 3kg claim for talented apprentice Corey Bayliss is a huge plus. Expect Bayliss to ride positively from barrier one to sit behind the leader and angle for a gap on the turn.
With even luck the Ben Currie trained Colt will be saluting.
Doomben Race 8 Tip #6 Star Reflection $2.80
This Mare by Time Thief relishes the rain affected surface and will no doubt be suited the step back up to the 1350m.
Her last victory was on a Soft 6 at Randwick in a BM88 defeating the talented Seasons by 0.2 lengths, leaving some quality gallopers in her wake. The likes of Alassio and Sweet Scandal finished well behind her that day, with both going on to notch up impressive wins this preparation.
Barrier five is the perfect draw for this race. From there jockey Jeff Lloyd will find cover to sit beyond midfield which will enable him to get to the best going in the home straight.
Put simply, she is a class above her rivals on this surface and she should be winning this with ease.
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