Trainer Rob Heathcote and connections have today paid the first acceptance fee for the injured Buffering in the 2012 Doomben 10,000 hopeful that the galloper will make a full recovery in time to contest the May 26 feature.
This year’s edition of the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) attracted 55 horses at nomination stage, that number cut to 22 with the taking of first acceptances for the weight-for-age classic.
Buffering remains in the running despite having missed last Saturday’s BTC Cup with a stone bruise to his near-fore heel that requires more treatment.
Heathcote expressed hopes that the Mossman four-year-old will be right in time for the Doomben 10,000 and was happy with the work they had been doing this week.
“I’m really, really happy,” Heathcote said.
“We came back from the beach yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and I had my vet and farrier here and we are delighted with the progress he’s made.
“He was 90 percent sound yesterday and I managed to work him this morning at Doomben, gave him a canter around on the grass.
“Very, very confident now we’re heading towards the Doomben 10000.”
The horse is still the Doomben 10,000 betting favourite paying $4.20, out from $3.70, through bookmaker.com.au.
In the readjusted Doomben 10,000 odds the next best fancied are Sea Siren ($4.60) and Beaded ($9) who both feature in the first acceptances.
John O’Shea’s smart three-year-old Fastnet Rock filly Sea Siren rewarded her trainer’s decision to bring her up to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival when she won a Buffering-less BTC Cup last Saturday.
She has been earmarked for the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9, Queensland’s richest race, but if she wins the Doomben 10,000 Saturday week and incurs a weight penalty on top of her 53.5kg it is unlikely she will be given the chance.
Beaded meanwhile is a surprise Doomben 10,000 first acceptor after trainer Peter Snowden stated she would bypass the race this year and not defend her title.
The Lonhro six-year-old returned to form with a good third in the BTC Cup but is more likely to miss the Doomben 10,000, which she won in a tight battle to the line over Love Conquers All 12 months ago, and be saved for the $500,000 Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm at the end of June.
The other top fancy that remains in Doomben 10,000 contention is then Dan Morton’s veteran sprinter Scenic Blast paying $10.
The Perth galloper hits eight-years-old this year but showed they hadn’t lost their zest for racing with an eye-catching second running down Beaded in the BTC Cup.
Other notable 2012 Doomben 10,000 First Acceptors include:
- Wealth Princess (Darren Weir) – Warrnambool mare raced in Brisbane under Brent Gillovic last winter and ran second in the Winter Stakes, resumed with a first-up second at their new home track on May 2 and goes into the Glenlogan Park Stakes over 1350m at Doomben this weekend
- Mid Summer Music (Peter Moody) – Melbourne mare has been in good form this time in including their close second in the Prime Minister’s Cup at the Gold Coast last start
- Pinwheel (Peter Snowden) – Last seen running second to Tiger Tees in a Sydney Cup Day Listed feature,
- Thankgodyou’rehere (Patrick & Wayne Webster) – Running in this Saturday’s BRC Sprint after a fifth to Temple Of Boom in The Galaxy back on April 21
- Neeson (Joe Pride) – Pride pressing onto the Doomben 10,000 despite a disappointing eighth from Neeson in the BTC Cup
- Woorim (Rob Heathcote) – Buffering’s Group 1 winning stablemate crossed seventh in the BTC Cup but Heathcote said he was happy with the run and that the 10,000 was still on the agenda
- Pampelonne (Tim Martin) – Classy three-year-old has two wins from as many starts this season including the Gosford Guineas success, is Stradbroke bound and goes via the same lead-up as last year’s winner Sincero running in the Scone Inglis Guineas this Saturday
Notable omissions from the 2012 Doomben 10,000 first acceptances include:
- Varenna Miss (Tony Noonan) – Last year’s QTC Cup winner ran fourth in the BTC Cup last time out, could be saved for the Straddie?
- Smokin’ Joey (Anthony Freedman) – Won their last three in Melbourne including the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) and run again this Saturday in the BRC Sprint, another Stradbroker?
- Soft Sand (Colin Little) – Last seen running fifth in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemignotn on March 10, have Brisbane plans been shelved?
See below for the full list of 2012 Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 first acceptances, the final field due out next week.
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2012 Doomben 10,000 First Acceptances
Doomben – 26/05/2012
|2||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller|
|4||BLACK PIRANHA||Con Karakatsanis|
|6||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan|
|7||LADYS ANGEL||Joseph Pride|
|8||METALLURGICAL||John P Thompson|
|9||MID SUMMER MUSIC||Peter G Moody|
|12||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan|
|14||SCENIC BLAST||Daniel Morton|
|15||SEA SIREN||John O’Shea|
|16||SISTINE ANGEL||Andrew Noblet|
|17||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|18||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan|
|19||THANKGODYOU’REHERE||Patrick & Wayne Webster|
|20||TORIO’S QUEST||Brett Partelle|
|21||WEALTH PRINCESS (NZ)||Darren Weir|