Veteran Western Australian galloper Scenic Shot earned their chance at Group 1 glory in Brisbane after winning a black-type at Eagle Farm last weekend, the eight-year-old one of 47 early entries for next month’s Doomben Cup.
Held at the second major meeting of this year’s Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) is set to take place on May 21 and Ascot trainer Daniel Morton is confident his Scenic gelding Scenic Shot is in the right form to win the staying showdown.
Scenic Shot is no stranger to the Doomben Cup having run fourth to Sarrera in the 2008 edition before holding on for a gritty last-stride victory in the race the following year.
Brisbane proved a profitable playing field for Scenic Shot two years ago as he backed up from his Doomben Cup victory winning another two features in the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes (2200m) and Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).
A dual Group 1 winner having also taken out the 2009 MacKinnon Stakes, Scenic Shot returned to form and entered the winners stall for the first time since his MacKinnon success taking out the Listed Winning Edge Member’s Quality Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday making light work of his 61kg with regular rider Shane Scriven aboard.
“I had confidence the old bloke would get the job done for me today,” Scriven said after Saturday’s win.
“There were two tough old dogs out there doing our best – he’s a great horse.”
Having previously run a credible fourth to Melbourne Cup winner Shocking in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in March, Scenic Shot is now ready to travel up to Queensland and hopefully continue his revived form.
As well as the Doomben Cup, connections have also confirmed Scenic Shot will seek another victory in the Brisbane Cup at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day, June 11.
“He loves it here in Brisbane,” Len Morton, father of Scenic Shot’s trainer Daniel, said.
“He has thrived since he arrived and he’ll only improve with this run (the Winning Edge) under his belt.”
Another last-start winner that has earned a chance at becoming this year’s Doomben Cup winner is Red Colossus.
Greg Eurell’s Cranbourne-based four-year-old Red Colossus enjoyed a first-up victory in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday and will now head towards the Brisbane winter features for the first time.
Red Colossus is yet to race up in Queensland, but is a Group 1 placegetter having run a close second to Kidnapped in last year’s SA Derby at Morphettville.
After a marred spring campaign with the son of Testa Rossa, Eurell was hoping for a top three finish at best with Red Colossus in the Victoria Handicap.
“This is a bonus,” Eurell said after Saturday’s win.
“I thought if he runs in the money I would be very, very happy so it was a super effort to do what he’s done.”
Red Colossus is another horse with both the Doomben and Brisbane Cups on the radar.
“I think he is probably a better competitor over a bit more ground and I want to get him into a couple of those Cups,” Eurell said.
“I definitely think there is a good race in him something like the Doomben Cup is pretty suitable.”
Other notable horses among the 47 early Doomben Cup entries include Roger James’ Kiwi galloper Firebolt, the Mick Price-trained Heart Of Dreams, John Wallace’s Gold Coast-trained High Chaparral four-year-old Shoot Out and Chris Waller’s in-form European import My Kingdom Of Fife.
Kingmambo six-year-old My Kingdom Of Fife, formerly owned by the Queen, is unbeaten in their two starts in Australia most recently winning the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Waller is seeking back-to-back wins in the Doomben Cup having won the race last year with his Danasinga gelding Metal Bender.
Along with My Kingdom Of Fife Waller has also nominated Foreteller, Snow Alert, Syreon and last year’s third placegetter Triple Honour.
All the Group 1 Brisbane Carnival feature nominations have now been taken including those for the richest race at the festival, the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) that drew 147 early entries including surprise nominee Black Caviar.
2011 Kirks Doomben Cup Nominations
|1||ALL SILENT||Grahame Begg|
|2||BARE BEAR (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|3||BUCCELLATI (GB)||Tony Noonan|
|4||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|5||CROSSTHESTART (NZ)||Bevan Laming|
|6||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|7||EL CHICO (NZ)||Michael Pitman|
|8||EMPIRES CHOICE (NZ)||Bart Cummings|
|9||FANJURA (IRE)||Lee Freedman|
|10||FEMINA FASHION||Trevor Whittington|
|11||FIREBOLT (NZ)||Roger James|
|12||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller|
|13||GALIZANI||John P Thompson|
|14||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|15||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price|
|16||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Robert Hickmott|
|17||LEGISLATURE||John P Thompson|
|18||LEVI’S CHOICE||John P Thompson|
|19||MANCUSO||Bruce W Hill|
|20||MOMENT IN TIME||John P Thompson|
|21||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller|
|24||OUR LUKAS (NZ)||Robert Heathcote|
|25||RED COLOSSUS||Greg Eurell|
|26||ROSE OF PEACE||Gary Portelli|
|27||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|28||SCENIC SHOT||Daniel Morton|
|29||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings|
|30||SHERPA TENZING (NZ)||Jim Conlan|
|31||SHOOT OUT||John Wallace|
|32||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson|
|33||SMALL MINDS||John P Thompson|
|34||SNOW ALERT||Chris Waller|
|35||SPEED GIFTED (GB)||Brett Cavanough|
|36||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Alan Bailey|
|39||TAGUS||John P Thompson|
|40||THE HOMBRE||John Bary|
|41||THE PARTY STAND (NZ)||Roger James|
|42||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|43||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney|
|44||VISION AND POWER (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|45||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill|
|46||ZAVITE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|
|47||ZOOMIN (NZ)||Michael Kent|