Warwick Farm trainer Guy Walter hopes that a step up in distance will see a form resurgence from his Group 1 winning three-year-old Doctor Doom who will face a crack field of rivals in the Randwick Guineas 2012 in Sydney this Saturday.
Domesday gelding Doctor Doom was one of 17 three-year-olds accepted into the $500,000 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) field this year, the youngster out to atone for their two first-up efforts this time in.
Winner of the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick last October, Doctor Doom will certainly like seeing a mile on Saturday.
“The 1600-metres is in his favour for sure,” Walter said.
“He’s looking for at least a mile and then longer.”
Doctor Doom resumed with a first up fifth behind Hot Snitzel in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) before their last start seventh when beaten four and a half lengths by fellow 2012 Randwick Guineas acceptor Wild And Proud in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
The last time Doctor Doom raced over the mile was to but three and a half lengths on their rivals in a Goulburn handicap, but Walter is well aware of the extreme class rise from that to the Randwick Guineas.
Among Doctor Doom’s better fancied Randwick Guineas rivals are fellow Group 1 winners Manawanui and Mosheen.
While Golden Rose champ Manawanui and last start Australian Guineas winner Mosheen have both drawn awkwardly with barriers 11 and 14 respetively in the Randwick Guineas, Doctor Doom will jump from the inside alley having drawn gate one.
Whether that will give them a big enough advantage to score an upset Randwick Guineas result remains to be seen but form his end Walter has done all that can be done and he is happy with where Doctor Doom is at.
“I’m pleased with how he’s coming along with races like the Rosehill Guineas and the (Australian) Derby in mind.”
The $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) runs on March 31 while the $1.5 million Group 1 ATC Australian Derby (2400m), nominations for which were released this week, will light up Randwick on April 14.
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