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Doomben 10000 Tips & Preview
- The Doomben 10000 takes place at Doomben on May 15
- The race is the first Group 1 of the Brisbane Winter Carnival
- Who will win the Doomben feature?
Eduardo is favourite (Getty Images)
The Doomben 10000 takes place at Doomben on May 15 and is the first Group 1 of the Brisbane Winter Carnival
An 11-strong field will be lining up. Who will win the Doomben feature?
Doomben 10000 Preview & Tips
Trekking strips fitter for his first-up run when fifth in Group 2 Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm two weeks ago as the short-priced favourite. The Godolphin sprinter never really got going after settling mid-field under Hugh Bowman, but he does look a likely improver in this contest with three wins to his name second-up from a spell. Kerrin McEvoy will take the reins on Saturday, which is an obvious plus after the pair combined to win the Stradbroke Handicap back in 2019. Providing the track isn’t too wet, Trekking is a must in multiples.
Eduardo looks set to start the Doomben 10,000 as a clear favourite after drawing barrier 6 on Tuesday. Joe Pride’s seven-year-old has been kept fresh for the run after working home well for third in the TJ Smith Stakes last month behind Nature Strip and Masked Crusader following a comfortable 3.5L win in The Galaxy the run prior. He can be hit and miss over the 1200m having failed to place in a Newmarket and last year’s Everest, but with a strong record on wet tracks, he’s no doubt the horse to beat.
Kings Will Dream
Kings Will Dream resumes from a spell looking to atone for what was a fairly disappointing spring. The Chris Waller-trained seven-year-old was no match in both the Makybe Diva Stakes and the Turnbull over further, while his most recent run in the Ballarat Cup last November left plenty to be desired. He has won fresh previously, but he doesn’t measure up in this quality field.
Wild Planet mixed his form during the spring winning both the Theo Marks Stakes and the Moonga Stakes at Rosehill and Caulfield before capping things off well-back in the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala at Flemington. The five-year-old son of Animal Kingdom has enjoyed a couple of soft trials ahead of his first trip to Queensland though, and he does look capable of running a cheeky race with some good fresh form to his name. He’s another one that likes some sting out of the ground and place would not surprise.
Splintex is having his fourth run back from a spell after recording a gutsy win at Randwick two weeks ago in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes over the same trip. The son of Snitzel showed some real kick to win by half a length after racing on-speed, while he can also be forgiven for his disappointing performance two runs back in The Galaxy when five-wide the trip. Mark Newnham’s four-year-old has missed the money only once in four starts over this trip, and he should be fighting out the finish if Josh Parr can make full use of the inside draw.
The Tony Gollan team is flying right now and it would not be surprising to watch Vega One run a big race at odds. The five-year-old has been around the mark since returning to work last month and could not have been braver last time out when three-quarters of a length second to Niccanova in The Victory Stakes. This is only his second start at Group 1 level, but after making up huge ground to run fourth in last year’s Stradbroke, he’s definitely among the contenders. The son of Lope De Vega has returned a place in four of his six starts at Doomben and has the added luxury of Glen Boss in the saddle.
The Harrorvian has turned into somewhat of a cult figure in Queensland after rattling off 11 consecutive wins last time in, but this does look a bit beyond him stepping up to Group 1 level for the first time. The gelding by Fastnet Rock resumed last month to finish off only fairly in a Group 3 race at Flemington, while his nest start at Moonee Valley over the mile was much the same. He is a proven performer over 1200m, but this is much tougher.
Trainer Tony Gollan managed to get the best of his new recruit Baller last week in the Goldmarket at Aquis Park, and he will be hoping to do the same with new acquisition Graff, who ventures over from the Danny O’Brien yard ahead of his return to the races. The son of Star Witness has failed to live up to his potential at this point, but he did hint at some upside last year winning the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint by a comfortable margin. He was far from disgraced when sixth in the VRC Classic at Flemington last November, but again failed to fire in the Magic Millions Sprint earlier in January over the same trip. The five-year-old can be a tough horse to get a gauge on, but with three wins from six starts to his name first-up, he does look a decent knockout chance.
Wild Ruler rates highly on Saturday after winning the Listed Fireball Stakes and the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint at Randwick earlier in the Autumn. The Snitzel colt also held his own two runs back in The Galaxy when sixth to Eduardo, while it’s worth noting he’s found the money in all four of his starts over 1200m. He won’t want it too wet, but considering the Snowden’s have won the Doomben 10,000 three times previously, Eduardo looks to be one of the main dangers.
Pennino is having her second run back from a spell after making up a stack of ground to run third first-up in The Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm. The Easy Rocking mare has found the money twice in six starts over this track and trip, but since this is her first look at Group 1 level, she’s likely to struggle.
Embrace Me has raced well without winning this time in work, albeit against much easier company. As the odds suggest, she’s well out of her depth in a field of this quality.
Doomben 10000 Tips
Eduardo is the one to beat and deserves favouritism. Wild Ruler is the biggest threat.
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