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The official Bribie Handicap 2016 field and odds for the card closer at Doomben Racecourse are now out with a tight betting market currently led by the returning Upstart Pride.
Set to run as Doomben Race 8 at 4:48pm (local), this year’s $100,000 Listed South Pacific Laundry Bribie Handicap (1050m) originally attracted an above capacity field of 14 starters plus six emergencies.
The early scratching of #9 Sold For Song (19) and #14 Wicked Intent (20) from the starting line-up sees the first two emergencies The Storeman (7) and Lady Jetsetter (17) both gain a run.
Heading the updated Bribie Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $4.80 is Upstart Pride for Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan.
The Tycoon Ruler five-year-old hasn’t raced since a failed effort at the track back in July, but is a first-up flyer having enjoyed three wins and a second from his four resuming efforts to date.
He has plenty of winning form over Saturday’s short sprint distance (10-3-3-1) and even from the wider alley he and jockey Jeff Lloyd are tipped to win first-up.
It’s a wide open affair in Bribie Handicap betting this Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival however with a further five hopes also under $10 for the win including Architect ($5.50).
Jumping one outside of Upstart Pride, the Sherrie Lawlor-trained Bel Esprit six-year-old is a local gelding who has his 33rd start at the Doomben track.
From nine goes at the distance he boasts four wins, a second and a third.
The injury-prone gelding has had just the two starts in the past 12 months, but is well-fancied to return to his best form after his latest stint in the paddock.
The next best in betting at $6.50 is the last emergency Tumbler who the bookies are taking no chances with despite the Barry Lockwood-trained sprinter needing a further four scratchings to make the starting line-up.
The Time Thief mare has had just the five starts to date, the lightly-raced five-year-old boasting four wins and a second.
She won first-up at Eagle Farm on November 9 over 1000m by two lengths carrying 57kg and rises to stakes’ class for the first time on the weekend if she gains a start.
Equal on $7 are Straturbo and Trevinder who had mixed luck in the Bribie Handicap barrier draw coming up with gates four and 18 respectively.
Gary Portelli’s Sydney raider Straturbo is a veteran seven-year-old with previous winning form at Doomben including his Listed Chief De Beers Stakes (1050m) win over Wicked Intent back in May.
He was last seen running a disappointing 10th over 1000m at Moonee Valley in late November carrying 58kg and will relish the drop back to a far more manageable 54.5kg this weekend with Anthony Alley booked for the ride.
The widely-drawn Trevinder is now prepared locally by Robert Heathcote and has his first run outside of Melbourne on the weekend.
Group 3 placed behind Wild Rain at Caulfield in the winter, the six-year-old son of Dane Shadow is out to break a winning drought going back to November last year.
Also at single-figures at $7.50 is the 58kg top weight Casual Choice racing first-up for Tony Gollan.
Jim Byrne rides the consistent Choisir seven-year-old from a favourable barrier five draw, Casual Choice chasing a fourth consecutive win having last been seen taking out a 1100m sprint at the track under 59kg back in early April.
That was his third win from eight starts at Doomben and followed on from his Gold Coast Stakes (1200m) win in March.
See below for the full Bribie Handicap 2016 field, barriers, jockeys, weights and latest odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Bribie Handicap Field, Barriers & Odds
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