Impressive Meeting at Doomben Highlights Brisbane Winter Carnival
This weekend is the big day for thoroughbred racing at Doomben.
Eight races of Group 3 quality and above will see the best on offer from the Queensland Track Club on the last weekend of May.
In reverse order, from Group 3 to Group 1, they are the Group 3s Lord Mayors Cup (1600 m), the Fred Best Classic (1350 m), the Premiers Cup (2200 m), the Lady Of The Turf Stakes (1350 m) and the Grand Prix Stakes (2200 m).
The Group 2 race on the day is the QTC Sires Produce Stakes (1350 m).
The Group 1s are the Queensland Oaks (2200 m) and the BTC Cup (1300 m).
Various weights and conditions will be the order of the day. One of the races is for two-year-olds and three of the races are for three-year-olds.
This means that there will be some nice dividends to be found for anyone possessing or having access to the necessary savvy to find the best punts, as history has demonstrated clearly that when younger horses are competing, predictability is tough to find.
Even the weight-for-age Group 1 BTC Cup has seen some of the longer priced horses take the post in the past. Clearly Innocent and Hugh Bowman won last year from $11 ahead of four shorter.
Punters looking for info on the field and odds should be aware that the BTC Cup is now known as the Darley Kingsford Smith Cup. The race was to be run at Eagle Farm, but by now, everyone knows that sorry story.
Ahead of the draw and the final field, Le Romain heads the betting at $3.50 on Ladbrokes.
In the Queensland Oaks, the clear favourite for this year is Youngstar at $2.70, but again odds will shift following the announcement of the final field and barriers.
Ciaron Maher’s Aloisia could be one to watch. The three-year-old bay mare has New Zealand lines, so she could be a force at the staying distance of the Oaks. She has three Group 1 tries in 2018, with her best showing being a third in the Vinery Stud at Rosehill at the end of March.