D-day at Doomben for Keneda; Weekend Preview

Group 1 winning mare Keneda is set for her grand final race this Saturday as she takes on the Group 1 Doomben Cup over 2000m.

While she won the Group 1 Queen of the Turn, this has been her target race since the beginning of her campaign, and we think she is spot on.

She was disappointing two weeks ago in the Hollindale Stakes, but she was caught on the worst part of the track and should bounce back on Saturday.

John Allen will take the ride from barrier nine and we are hopeful she can bring home another Group 1.

Also at Doomben, we have Etana running in the Group 2 The Roses over 2000m.

She put in a huge run when she finished third at the Gold Coast two weeks ago and got herself some well-deserved black type.

We think she will appreciate the step up to 2000m and should go close.

John Allen takes the ride from barrier two.

Down at Flemington on Saturday, our first runner will be Three Legs In in the Hugh Bowman Hall of Fame Trophy over 1400m.

He ran really well at Warrnambool last start, only being beaten half a length and we think he will appreciate stepping up to 1400m.

He has drawn well, and we think he will go close.

Nikita Beriman takes the tide from barrier seven.

We then have Junipal kicking off his campaign in the 1400m Hall Mark Hall of Fame Trophy.

This is just the starting point of his preparation and we think he will come on from the run, but we are hopeful he will be running on and hitting the line strong.

Jye McNeil will take the ride from barrier 12.

Later in the day, we have Not a Single Cent and El Vincitore running in the Mahogany Challenge Handicap over 2000m.

Not a Single Cent ran well here first-up since being gelded and we think the step up to 2000m is ideal for him.

El Vincitore won impressively at Warrnambool last start and could be on a path to the Queensland Derby.

He is a nice staying horse that will appreciate stepping up to 2000m and we think he will run well.

Not a Single Cent will be ridden by Ethan Brown from barrier nine and El Vincitore will be ridden by Nikita Beriman from gate 18 and we think both geldings have a good chance in the race.

In the final event at Flemington, we have Pacodail and Last Week running in the Vo Rouge Hall of Fame Trophy over 2000m.

Pacodali was unlucky here last start as he was trapped wide but still put in a strong effort to hold on for fourth and the step up to 2000m is ideal for him.

Last Week put in a good run at Warrnambool and he will also appreciate stepping up in trip.

Pacodali will be ridden by Teo Nugent from barrier one and Last Week will be ridden by Michael Poy from gate three and we think both horses have a good chance in the race.

In Adelaide at Morphettville on Saturday we have Chequered Flag, Sopressa and Cedar Grande running in the Dominant Queens Cup over 2500m.

Chequered Flag is a versatile galloper, winning well over the jumps at Warrnambool but also being talented on the flat and this distance is ideal for him.

Sopressa is returning to the scene of her Group 1 win 12 months ago and we have opted to put the blinkers on her to hopefully sharpen her up.

Cedar Grande is a tough little staying mare are we’re having a throw at the stumps to see if we can get her some black type.

Dwayne Dunn takes the ride on Chequered Flag from barrier 14, Luke Currie on Sopressa from barrier two and Jamie Kah on Cedar Grade from gate 12.

Up at Newcastle, we have Quality Approach kicking his campaign off in a BM64 handicap over 1500m.

He is a nice progressive horse who has been in great form and while this distance is short of his best, we still think he will go well.

Mitchell Bell takes the ride from barrier two.

On Sunday our most notable runner is Ascot Red in the Two Rivers Steeplechase over 3800m at Casterton.

He was unlucky not to win last start at Warrnambool, but he came through that run in great order and we think he should go close in this race.

Tom Ryan takes the ride from barrier two.