Doomben tips and racing preview, May 9, 2020

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Welcome to our Doomben racing tips and preview for May 9, 2020.

Saturday’s racing will also mark the start of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, with the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1200m) the highlight of the nine-race card.

The Tony Gollan-trained Vega One is the $3.70 favourite with Unibet to win the feature, but there is also plenty of money for stablemate Outback Barbie ($4.70) and Godolphin runner Kemantari $3.90.

The Listed Doomben Guineas (1615m) is the other black-type race on the card, with the Toby Edmonds-trained Vanna Girl as short as $2.20 with some online betting sites.

The Brisbane Winter Carnival runs for the majority of May and June with two Group 1s — The Stradbroke and the JJ Atkins Stakes — due to be held on June 6.

There is some other great racing happening around Australia on Saturday, with Morphettville hosting the South Australian Derby, while Caulfield and Randwick also have some thoroughbred action.

Our racing experts have also collated our best bets for Caulfield and cast their eye over the form and contenders for the Gosford Cup in our Randwick tips.

Read on for our free tips and best bets for Doomben racing being held on May 9, 2020.

Doomben race 7: Doomben Guineas, 3.05pm local time, 1615m

The bookmakers have narrowed this down to three main chances: the Chris Anderson-trainer pair 1.Profit and 2.Ballistic Boy and the early favourite 8.Vanna Girl, which has been heavily backed and has drawn gate one for Matt McGillivray. The next horse in the betting after the top three is at least 16-1! Vanna Girl is a very smart filly which has won four of her seven starts with two seconds, but we think the inside barrier might work against her as she is likely to get back a little off the speed and will need luck getting clear. McGillivray is in great form though. The Anderson pair should race handier and Ballistic Boy was not far off Vanna Girl at their only meeting. Profit is ultra-consistent with four wins and five placings from only 10 starts.

Our tip: Vanna Girl is going places and we think she will blow away her rivals if she can find clear running. Take the $2.50 available with Unibet. If there is to be a blowout look towards the Chris Waller-trainer 5.Impactful at $20. He is still learning what it’s all about.

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Doomben race 8: DTAB BRC Sprint, 3.45pm local time, 1200m

The first Group race of the Brisbane winter and it has attracted a handy field of sprinters, including the Godolphin galloper 1.Kementari, which has returned to training after proving a flop at stud. At his best Kementari would be too good; he is a Group 1 winner of the Randwick Guineas and has raced in the best class throughout his career. I don’t think he is quite at his best though and he might need a touch further than 1200m to shine. Queensland’s leading trainer Tony Gollan has two live hopes in 5.Vega One and 8.Outback Barbie, while 2.Victorem has a booming finish and races well fresh and at this distance. It’s an open race though so you should get a decent price about whatever you fancy.

Our tip: We expected 9.Tambo’s Mate to give a lot of cheek here at a big price with it paying around $12 with Unibet. The gelding has won seven of his 15 starts and should press on to lead from his wide gate for Matt McGillivray. The likes of Vega One and Kementari will be charging late but he will do for us each-way.

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