The Doomben surface is currently rated a Heavy 9 due to a week of stormy weather, with the rail in the True position for the entire circuit.
Mostly sunny conditions in the mid 20s are predicted for the remainder of the week in Brisbane, which could produce a track upgrade by race time.
With the rail in the True position, expect the track to race fair with both on-pace and back-markers to get their chance.
If the track does stay on the softer side, they may come off the fence and veer towards the middle of the straight as the program progresses..
Doomben Race 5 - Spirit Of Boom Classic 1200m (G2)
The early speed should come from See You In Spring (4), Maotai (2) and King Kapa 10), who will all vie for the lead.
Expect a hot battle up front, with impressive maiden winner Maotai drawing inside See You In Spring, who will also be trying to find the rail.
The back-markers Prince Of Boom (1) and Giannis (6) will both position well off the speed, while the speedsters go for it up front..
The Chris Waller trained Giannis ($4.50) is first-up here after finishing off well for third, 4.8 lengths behind eventual Golden Slipper winner, Stay Inside, last prep.
The Flying Artie colt should get a good sit off the pace, midfield in the run.
His form-line suggests he is right in this, however this is a hot race to be taking on fresh without a run under the belt.
Expect him to be doing his best work late over the concluding stages. First-four prospect.
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Prince Of Boom was so impressive in his debut win at the Sunshine Coast last Sunday that trainer Robert Heathcote is backing him-up in under a week.
He powered to the line over 1000m on a Heavy 8, and he is also entered in the Sires Produces Stakes and JJ Atkins in the coming weeks. You would expect him to improve the further he gets out in distance.
He has drawn the rail, so will likely land midfield on the fence and will just need a good ride from Ben Thompson to get clear running in the straight.
Watch for him thundering home with big bounds and he will be the one they have to beat.
Maotai should lead or box seat and absolutely bolted in at Ipswich at his first start.
It's hard to line up that win against some of these, though he was the quickest out of the three two-year-old races on the day and won with a fair bit in hand.
Miss Hipstar excels fresh and put in a great performance to win first-up. She won her only second-up start and she has to contend with a wide gate here.
If she can find the back of runners with a nice trail, she is right in this.
Include Giannis in the mix, as he will be finishing off well at the end of proceedings.
1st Prince Of Boom
3rd Miss Hipstar
Doomben Race 7 - Doomben 10,000m (G1)
Eduardo (6) will get the lead easily here and should set a nice even tempo.
Wild Ruler (2) is likely to make the most of his gate and sit outside or just off the leader, whilst Splintex (1) should be able to box seat behind Eduardo.
Vega One (3) will look to position in in the first four or five in running
Of the backmarkers, The Harrovian (8) and Trekking (10) will be hoping there is enough speed on in the race to ensure they can make their runs and launch late.
Eduardo ($2.20) is the deserved favourite, after defeating Nature Strip in the Group 1 Galaxy, prior to being well beaten by the same runner up to 1200m next start.
If there is a chink in Ed's armour, it is the 1200m given he has only 1 win from 5 starts at this distance (5:1-1-1).
Rick Morris is an experienced racing analyst, with a sharp eye for finding a winner. Residing in Melbourne, Rick keeps a close eye on the Victorian racing scene as well as metropolitan Queensland racing. He's also big AFL fan, having spent close to 20 years commentating the NAB League under 19's competition.
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