The Goodwood, Doomben Cup: Group 1 Tips and Previews

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    We’re in the second week of the overlapping Adelaide and Brisbane Group 1 carnivals, and this week sees the Goodwood for the sprinters at Morphettville, and the Doomben Cup for the middle-distance horses looking to claim weight-for-age glory.

    Black Heart Bart is the reigning Goodwood winner, claiming his first Group 1 in the 2016 edition. He’s won another four Group 1s since then, also finishing second three times along the way. It’s been an impressive 12 months for what is arguably Australia’s second best horse.

    “Bart” will be bang on 12 weeks between runs, after last being seen collecting the Caulfield 1400m double with a win in the Futurity Stakes to complement his Orr Stakes victory earlier in the campaign.

    He’s weighted beautifully under set weights and penalties, but does he have quite the sharpness at 1200m after a big year of racing? He’s an interesting bet as favourite, and gets the dream run from an inside draw.

    Malaguerra is the other genuine WFA horse in the field, and comfortably beat Black Heart Bart last time they met over 1200m. Fresh and six furlongs is definitely his go, so if he’s right, he has the talent to put them away.

    Secret Agenda is looking to complete the Sangster/Goodwood double, last achieved by Platelet in 2013. She had to run along from a wide gate in the Sangster, but never stopped in a win full of merit.

    She won’t need to necessarily adopt those tactics from a cosier barrier this time, and must be respected. She’s never won in open company though, which is a knock on her.

    Vega Magic is the other horse well up in the betting, in what is an unusual market – four horses between $3.50-$8, with the fifth favourite at $19 at the time of writing.

    Vega Magic comes over from Perth and into the care of David Hayes. It’s never easy to line the WA gallopers right up, but his Winterbottom effort, when a length and a half off Takedown and Sheidel, with Malaguerra thereabouts too, puts him right in the conversation at the weights. He’ll be somewhere up near the speed.

    Hey Doc is class three-year-old, but to win a Group 1 carrying 57kgs against older horses is a different set of affairs to taking on your own age at set weights.

    Missrock is a three-year-old filly that has chased home Secret Agenda at her last couple, but gets a valuable 3kg swing in the weights to make up those couple of lengths.

    Rounding out the capacity field are a swag of black-type sprinters, any one of which could pop in the right Group 1 on their best day.

    Faatinah might have too much weight for his credentials. Illustrious Lad is going to need everything go his way jumping from the widest gate.

    Rageese has the ability, and is just the sort of Darren Weir runner to claim the big prize second-up, after doing enough first-up.

    Santa Anna Lane can pop up after a mighty performance at Wagga. First Among Equals is in the race based on his Winterbottom run from November, but more exposed form says he is behind Vega Magic in the pecking order. Riziz and Karacatis are in-form Adelaide gallopers that will can run a good fourth.

    Kaepernick has always appealed as one who can win a big race, and this could be it after he tuned up nicely in the McKay Stakes, and drops to a winnable weight.

    There’s a nice amount of speed in the race, and plenty of genuine back-markers that are going to need it. How fast they go up front will dictate the main chances.

    Selections: 1.Kaepernick 2.Rageese 3.Malaguerra 4.Black Heart Bart

    The Doomben Cup has also drawn a capacity field, with an assortment of good honest horses among them.

    It’s Somewhat is the obvious market-elect after his three-start winning streak this campaign, including the Doncaster, and the Hollindale Stakes last start. He’s hit his straps running along up front, and is proving hard to catch when dictating.

    Single Gaze, Preferment, Rudy, Sense of Occasion, Cylinder Beach, and McCreery were all good enough behind It’s Somewhat in the Hollindale, in what was basically a trot and canter, and the field basically finished in their running position.

    Maurus was the exception in a pleasing run, the only horse to build momentum into the race thanks to Damian Browne taking off at the right time before the turn. He’ll have to go back and come with one run again, but may make for a nice each-way bet.

    Articus is seen as the biggest threat after getting his first Australian win at Flemington last time out, and the way he swept into the race from the 500m, and the turn of foot he showed to put them away, was that of a “good ‘un”.

    Amelie’s Star, the Darren Weir-trained stablemate of Articus, has returned from 18 months off the scene. She was a rising star before her layoff, and her Queen of the South win proved that she still has what it takes to mix it for higher honours.

    Weir also has Star Exhibit, the Perth Cup winner who is competitive over any distance, but might have a flatter run after winning first-up, with other assignments in mind down the track.

    Vanbrugh is certainly good enough to win at healthy double figure odds, and put the writing on the wall last start as he reaches his pet distance now, where he is already a Group 1 winner.

    It’s Somewhat will likely lead uncontested again, unless the gaggle of Weir or Waller runners would like to conspire against him. It looks likely to be an even contest, and a blanket finish wouldn’t surprise. Articus looks the most likely to jump out of the pack, if there’s going to be a standout.

    Selections: 1.Articus 2.Vanbrugh 3.Maurus 4.It’s Somewhat

    Cameron Rose
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    Cameron Rose is a born and bred Melbournian, raised on a regime of AFL, cricket and horse racing. He likes people who agree with him but loves those that don't, for there's nothing better than a roaring debate. He tweets from @camtherose.

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    The Crowd Says (10)

    • May 19th 2017 @ 8:26am
      no one in particular said | May 19th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      If Vega Magic is at the price then Millers horse is a great price

      • Columnist

        May 19th 2017 @ 1:10pm
        Cameron Rose said | May 19th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        Yep, can’t argue with that. Quaddie player.

    • May 19th 2017 @ 8:48am
      Razzar said | May 19th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      The Goodwood looks worth a throw at the stumps. It s a race if Black Heart Bart doesn’t win, there’s value to be had.
      Solid speed expected.

      Black Heart Bart, the never say die, and truly honest galloper, he’s drawn 2, he’s up 2kgs from last year, he’s a year older. The 1200 is a slight query now with, the younger up and comers competing. He maps to land midfield inside so may need a little luck finding room to wind up. The logical fav, but for a betting proposition, he gets a $4.50 rating.

      Malaguerra is fresh for this also, great fresh, but often a little hard to catch. Seems to need his runs well timed. That trait is a punters real annoyance. Too good to ignore though. $9 rating.

      Faatinagh is ticking over very well. Likely to be very handy to speed. Up to 1200 which will suit now. May look winner somewhere in straight. $7 rating.

      Sweet Sherry is my long shot chance. A lightweighted in form filly. She, from her barrier will race in the top four up front. Extra pressure here, but she’ll be out of trouble and should run race right out. $15 rating.

      Flemington race 4
      Good speed in thid race.

      Spanner Head looks very hard to beat, proven at dist, formlines are all plusses. $3.00 rating

      Atlantic Express will apreciate the 1600. Fit and with the good tempo here, can threaten. $9 rating

      Good luck punters

      • Columnist

        May 19th 2017 @ 1:09pm
        Cameron Rose said | May 19th 2017 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

        I agree Razzar, I’m always inclined to go for value in these big sprints. Easier in a handicap generally, while the SWP scale generally suits those up the top. I think Malaguerra is either your horse or he’s not. You either back him all the time, and get your good price for when he wins, or just ignore him and hope he doesn’t.

        I’ve always got time for Sweet Sherry. Backed her up in Sydney when I was there, and the track was against her that day.

    • Roar Guru

      May 19th 2017 @ 10:07am
      Nathan Absalom said | May 19th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

      I thought Hey Doc was a bet to nothing at those odds. The only blot on his form is the Doncaster run and I’m prepared to forgive that. Sure, the pace has to be on and a few horses need to hit a brick wall in the straight but at those odds I’m happy to ride my luck.

      • Columnist

        May 19th 2017 @ 1:11pm
        Cameron Rose said | May 19th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

        Three-year-old’s haven’t exactly been piling up the Group 1 wins against the older sprinters this year. He’s a knock with the weight for me because of that.

    • May 19th 2017 @ 10:21pm
      andrew said | May 19th 2017 @ 10:21pm | ! Report

      bart to place is a safe player for multis. will pay $2 a place. 13 runs for weir,. 6 wins, 6 x 2nds. and cox plate miss. 11 of those 13 at group 1 level. ravi the best of the day though in adelaide. just wins. chase the horizon overs inthe first – market will overcompensate for weight and barrier.

      at flem, curragh, spanner head, steggler. you will get a price de little engine at top fluc – they will risk it for sure.

      aemilies star is in my book for a caul cup contenter. serious horse. wet track a bonus. wins this, then spells, and comes back for a WFA spring prep.

    • May 21st 2017 @ 11:11am
      michael steel said | May 21st 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

      It’s a pity BLACK HEART BART wasn’t trained for a shot at the DOOMBEN CUP. He would have been the best horse in the race and would have won. The Doomben Cup has had a few ordinary winners over the years, Sense of Occasion is another one. Basically a Group 2 or Group 3 horse.

      • May 21st 2017 @ 6:51pm
        Razzar said | May 21st 2017 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

        Black Heart is not much of a swimmer Michael. Quite a poor record in those conditions. The barrier looks to have cost him in The Goodwood. Could not build any momentum back inside.

    • May 22nd 2017 @ 2:51pm
      Larry1950 said | May 22nd 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

      Doomben cup has been a complete fizzer ever since they went to WFA, loved the old days of a capacity field of handicappers. Australian racing’s obsession with turning every name race into WFA instead of handicaps has worked against the lesser carnivals like Brisbane’s winter racing.
      Bunch of lesser lights get undeserved G1 wins, Redzel & Sense of Occasion are good examples.
      We Qlders would be better off losing G1 status & going back to handicaps, WFA is only put on for the breeding industry, not punters.

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