The first of three Black-Type races at Doomben Racecourse for Victory Stakes Day on Saturday sees a fairly ordinary field of sprinters face off in the Bribie Handicap 2016 including early favourite Angels Beach.
Set to run as Doomben Race 2 at 12:38pm (AEST), this season’s $100,000 Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m) features a final field of 10 led by the Gerald Ryan-trained 59kg top weight Angels Beach.
The visiting Sydney galloper also leads the Bribie Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $3.70 to salute from gate five with Michael Cahill aboard despite carrying the hefty kilos.
A six-year-old Bel Esprit mare hasn’t won a race since October of 2014 and is out to atone for a last start 10th of 10 runners when failing to beat home any of her rivals in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in late March.
The race before she was unlucky not to win the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at the same track when beaten a nose, the drop back in distance to suit on Saturday with the blinkers back on to help her race up on the speed and give them something to chase home.
It’s an open market with six other single figure hopes including early market mover Secret Saga ($5.50 into $5) getting in on the 54kg minimum with Tegan Harrison booked to ride the local Tony Gollan-trained Real Saga filly.
A progressive three-year-old, Secret Saga is drawn to get a good run from barrier three and is first-up on Saturday.
She has won five of her 10 starts to date, including one from two first-up, and returns for her first run since an eighth in last December’s Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m).
All five of her previous runs have been at Doomben where she is back racing on Saturday on the back of a good second to La Dolce Vita in an 800m Deagon trial from April 12.
The next best in betting are the Michael Nolen-trained Upstart Pride ($7) from Toowoomba and the rails-drawn Into The Red ($7.50) carrying 54kg and 58.5kg respectively.
Apprentice Luke Dittman rides Kelso Wood’s Not A Single Doubt five-year-old Into The Red who hasn’t raced since June last year when mid-field in the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes (1200m) behind Dothraki.
He has winning form at Doomben from last winter in black-type class however and has won his sole start over the distance.
Barry Lockwood’s last start Doomben winning Choisir gelding Kudero follows at $8 but has the outside barrier (10) to overcome, and is equal in the markets with Glenbawn Dame who also comes off a win.
Prepared by former jockey turned Sydney trainer Peter Robl, Shamardal mare Glenbawn Dame has her sixth Doomben start on the weekend and comes off her first win at the track from March 26 over 1110m.
Rounding out the single figure Bribie Handicap fancies this season at $9 is the Liam Birchley-trained four-year-old Jet Spur mare Lady Jetsetter who won over the track and distance on April 2 carrying 56kg.
This weekend she shoots for her fourth win from six starts over the 1050m at Doomben and drops to 54kg with Jeff Lloyd back aboard for the first time since February.
The best of the double figure fancies is the Gary Portelli-trained Stratum six-year-old Straturbo ($12) at the more generous price to score an upset and win under race conditions for the first time since the 2015 Magic Millions Sprint.
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