Some of the best middle-distance thoroughbreds around are lining up in the Group 1 Doomben Cup on Saturday and it has an international flavour.
Two Japanese runners are well-liked in the betting and they feature prominently in our tips.
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2018 Doomben Cup final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Doomben Cup 2018
Ambitious @ $4.60 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Oregon’s Day @ $4 – BET NOW
Comin’ Through @ $9 – BET NOW
2018 Doomben Cup Form Guide & Tips
Comin’ Through (Best Roughie – $9) – BET NOW
Comin’ Through is at good value and although he finished sixth behind Oregon’s Day last time out, he showed plenty of merit.
The Chris Waller-trained runner finished only 5.4 lengths behind Winx in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and that’s hot form for a race like this.
He should be able to find cover from a wide barrier and he’ll be fighting out the finish.
Ambitious (Best Bet – $4.60) – BET NOW
Former Japanese runner which ran second behind Almandin in the Tancred Stakes before running eighth behind Winx last time out.
The son of Deep Impact has won over $3.4 million from 19 starts and his winning record of five wins and five placings makes him a top pick here.
He has held steady in the betting throughout the week, which is a good sign and his class could shine through here.
Tom Melbourne ($9.50) – BET NOW
We love Tom Melbourne and he gave it his all last time out behind Oregon’s Day, but he’s lost the ability to win a race.
The Waller-trained runner is a horse you hate to love and although he returns good place money with regularity, he doesn’t know how to win and he’s not worth the risk anymore.
$3.20 for the place isn’t the worst bet however.
One Foot In Heaven ($46) – BET NOW
French import which has shown ability at the trials but hasn’t shown that on race day yet.
Another Chris Waller-trained runner, the six-year-old finished 11th last start at Gold Coast and although his form overseas would take him close here, he looks well-held against this opposition.
Man Of His Word ($23) – BET NOW
Ran better than expected when third last time out in the Hollindale and despite drifting in the market, he should be considered as an outside chance here.
The Bruce Hill-trained five-year-old ran third at odds of $51 and he gets the inside draw here.
He hasn’t won for a while and this looks too tough but we wouldn’t be ruling him out.
Satono Rasen ($5) – BET NOW
Japanese runner for Chris Waller which didn’t race against the hardest opposition Japan had to offer but the betting support has generated interest.
The son of Deep Impact ran well for fourth against similar opposition last start and he’s only going to improve with time.
He hit $6 in the betting and has since dropped to $5 and that move should be respected.
Life Less Ordinary ($11) – BET NOW
Has quickly hit form with consecutive wins and he will likely be a popular pick come Saturday.
The imported runner always showed ability to win at high levels but never produced it on the track. He has now put two wins together and the confidence is sky high.
He gets Opie Bosson in the saddle and if we had a fourth pick for the Doomben Cup, he’d be right in contention.
Violate ($126) – BET NOW
His last two starts have been horrible and he should be at triple-figure odds.
He might reach that mark on the day.
Tradesman ($13) – BET NOW
Has been backed in from $21 to $13 throughout the week following his win at Warrnambool last start.
Darren Weir lines up the former Perth runner which needs to take the next step here and that could be difficult.
If the track was wet, he’d be a better chance but the $13 is a touch short for our liking.
Egg Tart ($11) – BET NOW
Showed plenty of promise as a three-year-old but she hasn’t been able to reproduce that this season.
There was a glimpse of hope when running fifth behind Oregon’s Day last start and a run similar to that could take her close.
Nice odds on offer.
Oregon’s Day (Best Each Way – $4) – BET NOW
Deserved the win last start and there could be many more to come.
The Mick Price-trained four-year-old scored by 1.5 lengths against similar opposition and although she got the run of the race, she still showed good ability to win.
Her odds are currently fluctuating which means she’s being well-supported and we wouldn’t be surprised to see her win again.
Abbey Marie ($13) – BET NOW
Nearing her peak after three runs this campaign and there is good support in the betting.
Looks well-placed and she could offer some value at double-figure odds.