It is a super tight Tattersall’s Mile 2015 betting market for Doomben’s sole Black-Type clash this weekend in Brisbane with half the field under double figures including narrow early favourite Trakstar.
Running as Doomben Race 6 at 3:27pm (AEST) a field of 12 milers is engaged for this year’s $100,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1640m), six of those at single figures to win the latest Queensland Winter Racing Carnival clash.
Sitting top of the latest Tattersall’s Mile odds at $5.50 is the widely-drawn Trakstar in gate 11 with veteran hoop Jim Byrne to ride on 54.5kg.
Locally trained by young Brisbane horseman Tony Gollan, Stratum five-year-old Trakstar comes off a win over the mile at the Sunshine Coast a fortnight back when Tim Bell had the ride from gate six on 54kg.
Despite the tougher class of rivals here, the increased weight and wider gate the bookies are taking no chances on Trakstar who has a solid record over the Doomben mile (11-3-2-2) including a third in the Listed Members’ Handicap here in early May.
The next best two in betting are then Epic ($6) and Jetset Lad ($7) drawn nicely in barriers one and two respectively but carrying the heaviest weights with 57kg and 58.5kg.
Tegan Harrison is aboard Kelly Schweida’s Stratum seven-year-old Epic who is out to improve on a sixth to Trakstar last start where conditions didn’t suit the veteran.
Before that Epic was in flying form with a host of top four performances including fourth in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup (1600m) behind Strawberry Boy on May 23, form Schweida is hoping the gelding can return to this weekend.
Top weight Jetset Lad meanwhile is another top local hope and a rising eight-year-old coming off good form.
After a third to Faust in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2020m) in May the Elusive City gelding held on in a narrow finish to defeat Sense Of Occasion by a short half-head in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) on June 6.
His latest run was at the Gold Coast a fortnight after that when fifth, beaten only one and a half lengths, in the Listed Southbank Handicap (1800m) but he needs to improve when back to a mile which he’s only won one of his 15 previous starts over.
Fourth favourite at $7.50 is the easing Trevor Bailey-trained Gold Coast visitor Avalanches out from $6.50 followed by Little Brown Horse ($8) with a gun gate four draw.
Progressive Street Cry four-year-old Avalanches has won seven of his 29 starts to date, most recently in mid-June at Ipswich before his fourth to Trakstar at the Sunshine Coast a fortnight ago – form the bookies are rating to stack up this weekend.
Little Brown Horse is also from the Gold Coast, the Kelly Doughty-trained mare having improved on some disappointing winter form to finish a neck off Trakstar in the June 4 lead-up.
The last of the single figure hopes is Gollan’s other runner in four-year-old Snitzel mare Tornado Miss ($9 into $8.50) followed by market mover Dubawi Dream ($14 into $11) who has a good record over the mile (7-2-2-1).
Also paying $11 for the win are Kaypers in barrier three and Blue Lion in the outside alley.
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