2017 Racing Preview – Doomben Cup & The Goodwood
Racing Betting Preview – 20th May, 2017
Bet for Free previews the two Group 1 races on Saturday with the Doomben Cup in Brisbane and the Goodwood in Morphettville. We provide an overview of the main favourites in both races and our best bets for every race at both tracks.
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Doomben Cup – 2017
Time: 4:01pm, Saturday
Brisbane is expecting rain on the weekend so we’re looking at a heavy track.
It’s Somewhat – $4.20
The favourite for the Doomben Cup. It’s Somewhat has won three races in a row at; Hollindale (Gold Coast), Doncaster (Randwick) and Ajax (Rosehill). He’s 2-0-3 from 7 starts at the distance. He’s won 4 races out of 9 in the last 12 months and has a 1-0-0 record on a heavy track.
Articus – $4.60
Trained by Darren Weir, Articus has an impressive record at the distance (4-1-0). He won his latest race at Flemington. His heavy track is solid as well, with a 1-1-0 record from 3 starts. He has a career win rate of 42%.
Single Gaze – $8.50
Finished a close second to It’s Somewhat in the Hollindale last race. Single Gaze won his last ride at Doomben on a soft track. She has a 1-0-1 record at the distance. Her only ride on a heavy track was a third placing at Rosehill in March this year.
Sense of Occasion – $9.00
Pushed Hartnell for third in the Queen Elizabeth against Winx. He has a poor record at the distance with no victories from 6 starts. The 18 barrier will be a tough start for the gelding. He has a good heavy track record with 1 win from 2 starts.
Star Exhibit – $11.00
Winner of the Perth Cup last year, Star Exhibit steps up into the Group 1 category for the first time at the Doomben Cup. He returned from a spell last start and won the Anniv Vase at Caulfield. At the distance, he’s 1-0-0 and has a 50% career win rate/78% place record.
Amelie’s Star – $11.00
Won the Queen of South at Morphettville last ride as the favourite. This is her first race at the distance. She’s 1-0-0 on a heavy track.
It’s Somewhat is the form runner in the field, while Darren Weir has three challenges in Star Exhibit, Amelie’s Star and Articus. We’re sticking with the favourite in this one.
The Goodwood – 2017
Time: 4:50pm, Saturday
Black Heart Bart – $3.50
Won the Goodwood last year and returns to defend his title. Back from a spell, Black Heart Bart is 3-2-0 in 1st up races. He’s won his last two races at Caulfield. Malaguerra defeated him in the Aust Stakes at Moonee Vallery early this year. He has the best record at the distance with 4 wins and 3 seconds from 8 starts.
Secret Agenda – $7.00
Has won the last two races at the Sangster in Morphettville and the Sapphire in Randwick. She’s experienced at the distance with 14 starts with 4 wins and 4 second placings. She has a 35% career win rate.
Vega Magic – $7.00
Resuming after a spell, Vega Magic is 1-2-4 in 1st up races. Loves the distance with 7 wins from 10 starts and has only finished outside the top three once.
Malaguerra – $8.00
Has a strong record at the distance with 6 wins from 10 starts. He beat Black Heart Hart in January at Moonee Valley.
Black Heart Bart looks hard to beat, while Vega Magic boasts an impressive first up record. Malaguerra has good history against the favourite.