Today Queensland Oaks Day 2015 takes centre stage at Doomben Racecourse as the latest Group 1 meeting of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival and it is shaping up as an ace Ladies Day this season.
It is mostly sunny in Brisbane today, Saturday May 30, with a top of 22 degrees for the fans trackside and no chance of rain ruining the day or softening the current Good (4) rated track that will play into horses that like it firmer under foot.
Doomben Track Report – 30/05/2015
- Rail: 5 metres Entire Course
- Penetrometer: 4.82
- Weather: Fine
- Track Rating: Good (4)
- Track Type: Turf
- Irrigation: Nil last 24 hrs, 6mm last 78 days
- Rainfall: Nil
Racing kicks off Queensland Day at 12:07pm (AEST) and continues through until Race 8 closes the all black-type card at 4:32pm (AEST).
The headline race is of course the $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2200m), the three-year-old fillies’ classic due to jump as Doomben Race 7 at 3:57pm (AEST).
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Doomben Scratchings – 30/05/2015
Total Scratchings: 13
Race 1 (12:07pm) – $100,000 Listed Bracken Ridge Tavern The Phoenix (1350m)
#4 Press Statement (12), #10 Banda Spice (7)
Two come out of the juveniles’ race that kicks off Queensland Oaks Day including Chris Waller’s undefeated Press Report who had the second widest gate in a field that is down to 11 starters. Leading the betting for the day’s opener at a firming price of $2.90, in from $4.40, is the Godolphin-owned Handfast in gate four with James McDonald riding looking to break his maiden status at start number three.
Race 2 (12:42pm) – $100,000 Listed Ascend Sales Trophies Lightning Handicap (1050m)
No current scratchings
The full 10 starter line-up remains for the Lightning Handicap where the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are a tight affair with three battling for favouritism, the position currently held by the Kelso Wood-trained Seeking More ($4.40) who comes off a second in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago.
Race 3 (1:17pm) – $100,000 Listed James Boag’s Premium Spear Chief Handicap (1630m)
#10 Zoomania (10), #11 Great Esteem (12)
Two scratchings leave a 10-starter field in the quality handicap run over the mile that features a red hot favourite in the Gai Waterhouse-trained Frespanol ($2.30 into $2.10), the Choisir four-year-old coming off a second in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) from mid-May.
Race 4 (1:57pm) – $250,000 Group 2 Pages Event Equipment Hire Eagle Farm Cup (2200m)
#5 Index Linked (4)
Only six left in the mix for the weight-for-age Eagle Farm Cup, one of the day’s major support acts, with Chris Waller taking out his last start Caloundra Cup winner Index Linked. The master Sydney horseman still has a stranglehold over the event however with four in the mix including the current $3.80 favourite Foreteller out to improve on a Doomben Cup sixth last time out.
Race 5 (2:37pm) – $175,000 Group 2 Magic Millions QTC Cup (1200m)
No current scratchings
Only eight final acceptors for this handicap sprint but they are all still in the mix with betting led by three horses very tight in the market with market mover Ball Of Muscle ($3.10), his stablemate the fellow Joe Pride-trained Kuro ($3.70) and sandwiched between the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea ($3.50).
Race 6 (3:17pm) – $100,000 Listed Mittys Bright Shadow Handicap (1200m)
No current scratchings
One of the day’s biggest line-ups, all 16 remain in the mix for this fillies-and-mares’ feature with markets on the handicap clash firmly led by the in-form market mover Dublin Lass ($2.80) who won first-up in Sydney before a second in the Listed Junamo Stakes (1200m) here at Doomben on May 9.
Race 7 (3:57pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks (2200m)
#1 Bohemian Lily (20), #18e Champion Stage (6), #19e Shandaara (7), #20e Mine With Lime (2), #21e Stewball (15)
The day’s headline event saw a notable filly come out with the Gai Waterhouse-trained, four length The Roses winner from last weekend Bohemian Lily cut her elbow and head to the paddock. Red hot favourite is then Waller’s Sunshine Guineas winner Winx ($2.30) who continues to dominate the markets followed by Sebrina ($7) getting a late wrap and the other Waller hope in the mix Ballet Suite ($9).
Race 8 (4:32pm) – $100,000 Listed Nuturf Queensland Day (1200m)
#6 Crooked Blaze (3), #14 Tina Melina (14), #15 Golden Falls (13)
The last on the card has the three-year-olds facing off at set weights with the 12 remaining hopefuls led in betting by the former Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce winner Peggy Jean ($4.40) who is drawn out wide and looking to break a lengthy winning drought.
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change