This Weekend in Racing: Doomben Sprint Season

May 13, 2021

By Terry Kennedy

The Brisbane Winter Carnival moves into full swing on Saturday with the running of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, one of the great sprint races on the racing calendar. Two time Everest winner Redzel added his name to the honours list in 2017, while other greats to win the 1200m dash include Apache Cat (twice), Favelon (twice), Takeover Target all the way back to Manikato. While we also have a look at metro meetings at Rosehill Gardens, Flemington and Morphettville.



NSW Tycoons trainer Joe Pride is a master at improving a “tried horse” from another stable and there’s no better example than Eduardo. A prime barrier draw has Eduardo eyeing a second Group One as TAB marked up Pride’s star seven year old as clear favourite for Saturday’s TAB Doomben 10,000 Eduardo drew barrier six for the first G1 of the Queensland Winter Carnival and was priced at $2.50 before tightening to $2.30. Joe has declared “I couldn’t have him any better”.  

BET: Eduardo – Win


Trainers Richard and Michael Freedman have got the lightning raid to Queensland down to a perfect art form. The NSW Tycoons duo had another two Carnival winners last weekend up north following on from their previous successful northern raids. They saddle-up Tiger of Malay in the Spirit Of Boom Classic (Race 5) on Saturday and he certainly has the form to continue their lethal strike rate. Tigers of Malay was a narrow second in the Pago Pago before fading out in the Sires Produce. He has a bad barrier (11) but has the class to win.

BET: Tiger of Malay – Win



It’s never easy taking on the season stayers, but Vic Husslers trainers Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace must believe Through Irish Eyes has the ability to measure up in the Andrew Ramsden (Race 6) over a gruelling 2800m. Still only a three year old, Through Irish Eyes has only been unplaced once in six career starts and is definitely a young stayer on the rise.

BET: Through Irish Eyes – Each Way.


You’ll need to be patient, but the best value at Flemington might come in the final event (Race 9) in the shape of Mr Tipla for Vic Husslers trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Rasmussen. Mr Tipla has only had two starts this preparation for a good third at Caulfield and a narrow loss last start and Sandown. The 1600m could be a challenge, but at double figure odds he represents great value.

BET: Mr Tipla – WIN


After the Scone Cup on Friday there’ll be a few sore heads at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. There’s no reason not to stick with Tycoon’s trainers Richard and Michael Freedman and Prime Star in the Inglis Guineas (Race 5). Was unplaced in the Randwick Guineas but has been freshened up and looks like a standout for the inform stable.

BET: Prime Star – Win


 There’s no TRL trainers represented in Adelaide’s big day of racing featuring the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap where Gytrash is looking to defend his title. But Vic Husslers trainer Peter Moody has snuck across the border with a horse called In Good Health to contest Race 6 over 2000 metres. In Good Health wasn’t far away last start, has drawn barrier 8 and with a touch of luck and Damien Olivier in the saddle Moods and Ollie may well be celebrating

BET: In Good Health – Eachway