Doomben Blackbookers - Latest Horses To Follow
- Brodie Nickson has provided the runners to follow from the Doomben Saturday card
- Check out which horses caught his eye as the one's to mark down
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Doomben hosted the Brisbane Saturday program. (Getty)
It was a leader dominated day of racing at Doomben on Saturday, before a storm saw the meeting abandoned after six of ten races.
Leaders were heavily advanted on the day with the first four leaders all winning their respective races, while the next two winners both sat in the box seat.
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Better Lad (Third): It was an extremely messy race from start to finish for the Trevor Miller trained gelding, who overcame traffic issues and track biase to charge home into third from last.
Jumping with the intention of pushing forward from a wide barrier, Tegan Harrison was forced to settle at the rear of the field aboard the three-year-old son of Better Than Ready after being bumped at the start by Rollinwiththeflow.
After being restrained on the heels of Jetty at the 600m mark, Harrison was forced to wait until the final furlong before finding clear room, running the last 600m in sub 34 seconds.
Despite starting at long-odds on Saturday, Better Lad boasts strong form around the likes of Superare and can return to the winners circle next start.
Grey Defence (Fifth): The Les Ross-trained two-year-old has enjoyed absolutely no luck in his career thus far, forced to endure running three wide no cover in both starts to date.
After dropping out on debut after a wide run, the Institution gelding stuck on extremely bravely on Saturday despite another wide run, racing much more tractable throughout.
Despite running wide the trip, Grey Defence was still kicking strongly in the straight keeping tabs with the leaders, however, the tough run came to an end 100m from home where he drifted to finish three-lengths off the winner.
After enduring two tough runs from wide barriers, if Grey Defence can draw a good barrier at his next start he looks primed to breakthrough for a well deserved victory.
Starosa (Third): A talented filly who was once at the top of markets for last season's JJ Atkins, Starosa returned in outstanding fashion for the Tony Gollan yard overcoming the track pattern of the day.
Settling at the rear of the field, the three-year-old Starspangledbanner filly was a big drifter in markets jumping at $6.50 after opening around $4, with the 1200m short of her best distance.
In a fast run race where leader Dusty Tycoon looked to run her opposition off their feet, Starosa will take immense fitness improvement out of the race as she looks to step out over 1400m to a mile.
Resuming on Saturday off just the one trial, Starosa is one of the top three-year-olds from the powerful Gollan stable and after a fantastic return in a fast run race is a filly to follow leading into the Summer Carnival.
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