The feature event is the $125,000 Keith Noud Quality Handicap.
Dusty Tycoon (Doomben Race 5 No. 2)
This Written Tycoon filly has two wins and two places from six starts. She jumped awkwardly and finished 0.3,0.3 lengths 3rd over 1110m at Doomben on 9 May then had a 24 week spell. She resumed for 0.5 length 2nd over 1200m at Doomben on 24 October and drops in weight here. Looks the likely winner.
Chapelco (Doomben Race 3 No. 3):
This seven-year-old Northern Meteor gelding trained by Gary Duncan has six wins and six places from 38 starts, and all the wins have been at this distance range. He got going late to just miss for 0.1, 0.2 lengths 3rd over 1350m at Ipswich on 2 October where the rider said he needed a bigger track. Next start he won by 0.3 lengths over 1300m on a soft track at Sunshine Coast on 25 October. He looks an excellent each-way bet.
Hard Empire (Doomben Race 9 No. 4):
This seven-year-old Hard Spun gelding is the early favourite in the Listed Keith Noud Quality Handicap over 1200m. At the end of last campaign he finished 0.3, 0.9 lengths 3rd in the Listed City Of Adelaide Handicap over 1400m at Morphettville Parks on 25 April. He resumed with a length win over 1110m at Doomben on 3 November. His second-up record isn’t great and he doesn’t represent value.
1 Chief Artie
3 Northern Water
3 He Runs Away
1 Morton’s Fork
9 Trusty Lad
7 Shogun Sun
Our Bendigo Tips for Tuesday's meeting. Key Comments 9 race card. Expecting those on speed to be suited. The rail is out 3 metres and the best bet comes up a big price. Best Bet Doncic (Bendigo Race 4 No. 4) Nommed for Wednesday as well so may not be racing here. Looked to be full of running in a recent trial and found no room on debut. Drawn to find clean air here and strikes the right race. $8.50
The rail is in the true position. Bullock has been riding in terrific form and comes up with a strong card again. He looks the jockey to follow on a card full of favourites that are hard to beat. Best Bet Sardonyx (Scone Race 2 No.3 ) A key scratching comes out and leaves Sardonyx very hard to beat. Maps well, Bullock steers and gets the right race here. Hard to beat at goods still. $2.90 Best Each Way
Our Newcastle tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The rail is in 5 metres. Heavy conditions expected so looking towards runners that are proven on wet tracks. Best Bet Dale (Newcastle Race 6 No. 2) No prizes for finding this runner but put in a solid effort on debut and drops miles in grade. In smartly at the weights here and with no jockey booked yet does look very hard to hold out in this thin maiden. $1.40 l
Our Nowra Tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The track is in the heavy range. The rail is true. Best Bet Deni Gal (Nowra Race 7 No. 4) None of these win out of turn but Deni Gal has good claims with a superb record at the track and a good record with Guymer steering. He has won twice from 6 goes aboard which is a very good sign given the horse is 3 wins from 22 starts. Hard to beat and maps