GOTTA KISS gets her chance to register a deserved black type win in Saturday’s Listed Bill Carter Stakes (1110m) at Doomben.

The Steve O’Dea-trained filly has already won three of her six career starts and placed behind the state’s benchmark two-year-olds in ROTHFIRE and ISOTOPE.

GOTTA KISS will wear winkers for the first time on Saturday with regular rider Stephanie Thornton in the saddle.

The daughter of NOT A SINGLE DOUBT will be joined by high profile stablemate SCALLOPINI, who contests the Listed Hinkler Handicap (1110m) first-up from a spell.

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We don’t normally blackbook winners but we had to make an exception with STOCKMAN after his gritty effort at Randwick on Saturday. Rising from a 1600m provincial class 1 to a 2000m BM74 Saturday metropolitan race on a bog track, the son of TAVISTOCK made a long sustained run from the 800m mark and still had the stamina to be strongest at the finish. He’s a stayer going places.

Upcoming Proven Thoroughbreds runners:

Sunshine Coast Wednesday May 27

Maiden Handicap 1600m:


Steve O’Dea/Boris Thornton

Comment: Rises to 1600m for the first time in search of her maiden win. Hard to recommend on last run but first-up effort had merit.

Gosford Thursday May 28

Maiden Handicap 1100m:


Joe Pride/Tom Sherry

Comment: Promising filly who has trialled in great style in preparation for this. Probably wants further but maps to get a soft run from the inside draw.

Goulburn Friday May 29

F&M Maiden Handicap 1300m:


John Bateman/TBA

Comment: First-up for new stable having placed in two of three runs in Victoria. Hard to get a gauge on how she is going but this looks a suitable starting point.

Sunshine Coast Friday May 29

BM60 Handicap 2200m:


Steve O’Dea/TBA

Comment: Tried hard last start when gunned down late over 2070m at Doomben. Looks hard to beat back to this grade.

F&M Maiden Handicap 1200m:


Steve O’Dea/TBA

Comment: Wasn’t afforded much room in first run back from a long break. Sure to improve from that and could surprise with some luck in running.

Doomben Saturday May 30

Listed Bill Carter Stakes 1110m:


Steve O’Dea/Stephanie Thornton

Comment: Classy filly with a great chance to snare some black type here. Strong winner over this track and distance last start.

Listed Hinkler Handicap 1110m:


Steve O’Dea/TBA

Comment: Smart sprinter resuming over a distance short of his best but has finished in the top three in five of his six fresh runs and seems to be improving with age.

Rosehill Saturday May 30

BM88 Handicap 1500m:


Joe Pride/TBA

Comment: Too bad to be true first-up and bounced back in a recent trial. Races well at Rosehill and can figure if he turns up.

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