The Queensland Oaks provides the Group 1 action on Saturday at Doomben with some strong chances to be punting on.
Princess Jenni is the favourite for the feature, but don’t be put off by bigger prices.
We’ve got the best bets for Doomben and some interesting selections elsewhere too.
Race 4 – Moreton Cup
A winner of five of her past eight starts, WINTER BRIDE ($3.90 MadBookie) looks primed to crack it for her first Group 2 victory. First-up this year, she won the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) at Randwick in a blistering 1:07.7, beating home Spright. Second-up, Tommy Berry dropped his whip as the mare finished third behind White Moss in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes (1200m) also on the Randwick track. Last start was her first look at the Eagle Farm track where finished just behind the placegetters in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at WFA. The Not A Single Doubt mare finished off well but didn’t look quite ‘at home’ on the day. Back at Doomben where she has won three of her starts at the track, the set weights conditions will suit her better and she can bounce back in this company.
Race 8 – Queensland Oaks
Princess Jenni produced a new personal best to win the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks by 0.8 of a lengths. While she’s clearly one of the top chances, I’m going for some value with a filly that is also on the up and has produced some strong figures last start. Chris Waller saddles up four runners in the race, and James McDonald has been booked for DUCHESS OF LENNOX ($13 MadBookie) which itself is a push for this filly. She was only fair on debut before winning over 1300m and 1600m at her next two starts, and then stepped up to 1800m and was runner-up. Duchess Of Lennox then travelled to Brisbane and tackled a 2000m at Doomben, and finished a narrow 2nd once again. Duchess Of Lennox has far more upside, and I’m guessing Waller only really started to get serious with her after her two wins.
Race 9 – P.J. O’Shea Stakes
Several runners here are coming out of the Doomben Cup, run two weeks ago. The James Cummings stable thought highly enough of TALLY ($15 MadBookie) to have him confront the Group Two Hollindale Stakes first-up, then tackle the Group One Doomben Cup second-up. His mid-field finish in the Hollindale was due to the track being a heavy 10 that day, while his unplaced run in the Doomben Cup was a lot better than his seventh placing suggests. Finishing just over two lengths behind Kenedna in the Doomben Cup when only second-up surely warrants some thought here and at double-figure odds, he looks one of the best each-way chances all day.
Another one where the market looks upside down and we must take advantage of it. Asterius is the favourite following a first-up 3rd placing over 1400m at Rosehill where he ran 1:24.37 and clocked 34.07, 22.35 and 11.33 for his final 600m, 400m and 200m. STROME ($5.50 MadBookie) who defeated Reelem In Ruby and Toryjoy won in 1:23.24 on the same day and ran 34.20, 22.66 and 11.76 for her final sectionals. Strome drops 4.5kg and Asterius drops 3kg, and while Asterius does have more upside, he’s still only second-up in a 1500m event while Strome is fourth-up and nearing peak fitness. She tired late last time, but with the lighter weight and extra fitness, she looks hard to beat here.