On Saturday some of the last Queensland Winter Racing Carnival action will take place at Doomben Racecourse with the Tattersall’s Mile 2014 the feature race on the card.
Running as Race 7 at 3:45pm there are 13 gallopers engaged in this year’s $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m), betting tips from the Races.com.au crew listed below.
Of the runners facing off the clear favourite at $2.60 is the rails-drawn Kingdoms, the Brian Smith-trained High Chaparral gelding after back-to-back Listed wins over the distance.
On June 21 the rising five-year-old posted a one and a quarter length victory over Hi Son in the Open Mile at Eagle Farm, an effort they’re out to repeat at Brisbane’s tighter sister course on Saturday.
They get the inside alley here after doing it from barrier (12 of 12) last start, Larry Cassidy retaining the ride.
Also at single figures to win are then the likes of John Thompson’s Commands gelding Transporter ($4.60) out to improve on their Open Mile ninth, another of Smith’s trio Jetset Lad ($7.50) coming off three fourth place finishes including in the Glasshouse Handicap last time out and market mover Vandalised ($8) after their fifth consecutive win after four straight back home in Rockhampton.
So will the favourite salute for the punters? Or is there an upset Tattersall’s Mile result on the cards?
#8 Jetset Lad ($7.50)
While the money is on their stable mate Kingdoms to win, think Jetset Lad is well overdue for a win of their own after a string of close calls. Smith’s Kiwi import has had just the two starts down under for their new trainer since being sent across the Tasman earlier this winter. Their form back home was starting to taper off but down under they’ve been enjoying a turnaround with two fourth place black-types in Queensland. Latest was a luckless Glasshouse Handicap effort over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast and they should improve on that with a better run with a nice weight (54kg) over the mile.
#3 Kingdoms ($2.60)
Smith-trained Tattersall’s Mile quinella with the favourite to run a close second. Kingdoms enjoyed first-up success in the Listed Open Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm so conditions should suit again here for the four-year-old who is proven in better company up to 2400m. No problems with the distance, but do go up from 54.5kg to 57.5kg however which rules them out of going back-to-back for us.
#9 Vandalised ($8)
Form of this Rockhampton-trained Flying Spur five-year-old back home is outstanding with four on the trot, including three 1600m wins by narrow margins. They get a chance to prove themselves in the big city here but it’s not like they’ve been beating dummies having defeated Lauren Tate and Choice Bro last time out on June 21. Right distance, has raced at Eagle Farm before back in April in a Class 6 when fourth but had 59kg that day get in on 54kg minimum on Saturday so will improve.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change