Magic Millions Bernborough Handicap Preview – Doomben 30/12/2017
Race 8 at Doomben on Saturday is the Listed $300,000 Magic Millions Bernborough Handicap over 1600m.
Cabeza De Vaca favourite for Bernborough
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Cabeza De Vaca is a rock solid 2.80 favourite for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
The six-year-old son of Northern Meteor has won seven of his sixteen career starts. His most recent success came in the Listed November Handicap over 1400m. Cabeza De Vaca had no luck in running when finishing a disappointing eighth in the Group 3 Festival Stakes at the start of the month. He left that form well behind when chasing home Crack Me Up in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Royal Randwick last time. He has only finished out of the frame once in six starts over a mile and Stephen Baster takes the reins in the Bernborough.
Cabeza De Vaca faces eleven rivals on Saturday and Cantbuybetter has been the best supported in the early betting exchanges. Ben Currie’s Casino Prince gelding is perfectly drawn in barrier four and has been cut from 6.0 in to 4.60 by Ladbrokes. He is fresh from a course and distance victory in the Listed Brisbane Handicap. Cantbuybetter is up a kilo in the weights and will be ridden by Jamie Kah.
Zahspeed bags the rail in Bernborough
The rail draw has gone to the Toby Edmonds-trained Zahspeed, a son of Speed ‘n’ Power. He has finished third in his last two starts at Rosehill and Doomben, most recently finishing a close fifth to Cantbuybetter. He was drawn out wide in barrier thirteen that day and connections will fancy their chances of reversing the form. James Orman has been booked for the ride.
Robert Heathcote saddles Hopfgarten, a seven-year-old gelding by Mossman. He was runner-up behind Cantbuybetter under 59kg before finishing a close ninth in the Villiers Stakes. He has 12 career wins from 56 starts and has won almost $800,000 in prize money. Hopfgarten has one victory from ten starts at Doomben but certainly has place claims this weekend.
Matthew McGillvray rides Sheiswhatsheis for local trainer Tony Gollan. She is a black mare by Bernardini and is one of three runners for the stable. She has a chance on her third in the Listed Just Now Quality over 1350m earlier this month.
Doomben Betting Tips 30/12/2017
Race 8 – Bernborough Handicap
Zahspeed @6.50 Ladbrokes