HELLBENT FIRST CROP AT INGLIS CLASSIC Maiden Handicap Tips (Race 2)
Doomben Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 11 Tayella
Although she was disappointing, it's certainly worth respecting the short quotes that this filly was sent out at over three runs in her first racing campaign, including a debut performance when beaten into third as a $1.60 favourite.
Given plenty of time to mature, this large and athletic daughter of I Am Invincible has had three trials in readiness for this return where she was kept firmly under wraps via the first two outings before striding away comfortably to win a 1000m Gold Coast heat on January 25.
The wider gate may very well be a blessing given her size and although respecting the favourite Dominarcher who was quite brave in the Magic Millions Maiden as the pick of the on-pace runners, Tayella could be the fresh one that's ready to strike.
XXXX DRY QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate Tips (Race 5)
Doomben Best Bet - Race 5 No. 6 Hey Big Splenda
Another galloper from the powerful Edmonds stable is this three-year-old who was well supported ($4.40-$3.50) prior to the debut at Ipswich, where despite powering home from the rear, Robbie Fradd left himself with far too much to do.
Hey Big Splenda was then entered in the Magic Millions Maiden on January 16, where he did suffer some inconvenience early in the straight albeit was no match for Newsreader, with Lady Of Luxury weaving a passage a late to deny him of a second-place finish.
With that filly returning to Sydney and making ground behind a very handy first starter in Skedaddle at Randwick on Wednesday (big gap to third), that does look the right reference for this and providing they make use of the inside gate early, then he's one to beat off exposed form.
MOUNT FRANKLIN BM70 Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Doomben Value Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Nemingah
For a runner who progressed to a Grafton Cup in just his second racing preparation, placing behind three stakes-winners and beating home La Pulga (Group Three placed the start prior) in the process, he is a big price in a Benchmark 70, now getting closer to his right distance
Admittedly, he does have plenty of ground to make up on the favourite Miss Penfold from his third at Eagle Farm on January 21 although the 2kg weight swing, softer conditions and the extra furlong are all in his favour, along with expected improvement now third-up.
The five-year-old didn't have the turn-of-foot after being taken back last start (did jump well), as he had drawn a little sticky and they needed to get in, however, with gate three now at the disposal of Jake Bayliss, we want to see him more positive early which will at least give Nemingah a sniff late.