Our Finding An Edge At The Track series looks at some of Australia’s best racetracks and asks our pro punters for any tips when betting on them. Today, we check out Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane.
Doomben Racecourse was established in 1933, before it was temporarily shut during World War II and used as a base for Allied troops. The course was reopened in 1946 and has gone onto become a favourite for locals as well as punters all around Australia. Given the size of the track and the shape of the turn, it has been suggested that the outside runners are at a distinct disadvantage.
Doomben is home to the Group 1 weight-for-age Doomben 10,000, which is probably the most well-known race at the track.
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Finding An Edge at Doomben Racecourse
Champion Bets Queensland analyst The Professor has been doing the form in South-East Queensland for more than a decade. We thought we’d get his take on Doomben Racecourse and how punters should go about approaching betting at the venue.
Are there any nuances to Doomben that you notice in your analysis?
To be honest, I don’t think there is, it’s really a ‘what it says on the can’ track. You really do know what you’re going to get most of the time so it becomes more a case of doing your work, getting your maps right to see who is going to be most advantaged.
What sort of runner (pace wise) is most suited and why?
It’s definitely a track where leaders and on-pace runners are suited. In general, I don’t think it has been as leader biased as some like to suggest. Obviously the straight is shorter than a lot of tracks so that helps the on-pace runners.
I think it has more to do with the better ground being on the fence when there’s adverse weather. The bias is definitely dependent on rail movement so you have to pay attention to where the rail is.
It’s suggested that the outside runners are significantly disadvantaged at Doomben. Do you see that in your analysis and do the betting markets generally agree?
Over the shorter trips the inside draws are a distinct advantage. It’s a fairly obvious angle so they do tend to be well found. It’s something where its a tick for those runners but its not something that’s necessarily going to increase the value for you.
Queensland has some big races during the winter but are any races/events that are best for betting?
I have a very soft spot for the Doomben 10,000. In terms of betting I actually find carnival time more difficult because there are so many interstate horses and I’m not as familiar with their form going in. If you gave me the choice I’d take a regular out-of-carnival Saturday meeting every day of the week.
What tips would you give for your average punter betting at Doomben?
Don’t be put off by the complaints about leader bias. Bias is just an angle for smart punters to exploit. Do your maps and focus on leaders in races with suitable tempo – especially if the rail is out.