This Weekend in Racing: Racing’s Magic Round

May 20, 2021

By Terry Kennedy

Congratulations to NSW Tycoons trainer Joe Pride in winning last week’s time-honoured Doomben 10,000 with Eduardo, which I see according to some experts is now rated the world’s fourth best sprinter, some claim to fame considering he was a modest tried horse when secured by the Pride stable. We are certainly trusting that Joe will work his magic when the bloodstock team from TRL secures their ready to run horse for Pride in the immediate future.



This weekend’s racing spotlight is certainly on Brisbane with the running of the Doomben Cup, Doomben Roses and the Doomben Sprint. Queensland Rogues trainer Tony Gollan has some great chances throughout the day including Garibaldi in the Group 3 Doomben Sprint (1350m) where he’s already been well supported in early markets. Garibaldi has been a frustrating horse for Gollan and also punters. In his 19 starts he’s been beaten as favourite five times including last start at Eagle Farm where he never got a crack at them. According to Tony “He’s been doing a good job over 1200m and he’s out to 1350m now and with the way he races and the way he switches off I don’t hold any massive fears about that.”

BET: Garibaldi – Win


The Doomben Cup is a cracking race with Zaaki a deserved favourite after a stunning victory in the Hollindale Cup at the Gold Coast. Fifty Stars, trained by the Vic Husslers duo of Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig was a courageous runner-up to Zaaki at the Gold Coast and while it’s a bold man to predict that Fifty Stars can turn the tables he can certainly run in the top three at double digit odds.

BET: Fifty Stars – Place


Plenty of interest for NSW Tycoons owners in Race Two at Rosehill with the horse that beat their very own The Sherpa last start at Mudgee named Blow Dart coming to town to have a crack at the big boys. To be fair Blow Dart faces a big task stepping up to 1300m for the first time, but he’s only been beaten once and was pretty good in defeating The Sherpa. I actually like one from the Waterhouse/Bott yard here in Volcanic Rock. He was really good winning on debut, has had a spell, been tuned up in a couple of trials by Gai and is ready to win first-up at good odds.

BET: Volcanic Rock – Eachway


We should be able to get off to a flying start at Flemington courtesy of Vic Husslers trainer Peter Moody. The likeable larrikin has the weirdly named but talented Snickledoodledandy in Race 1. The ex WA galloper was good last start, has an unbeaten record second-up and thrives over 1400m – that all adds up to a good bet.

BET: Snickledoodledandy – Win



Our WA Black Heart trainers have many runners at Belmont, but I’m happy to stick with Ben and Dan Pearce in the Amelia Park – Race 6. The Pearce brothers train the talented Alimony, this filly has only had five starts and never finished worse than second. She was a good winner at Ascot last start, has been given a bit of a break and should be extremely hard to beat.

BET: Alimony – Win