Manighar Draws Inside – 2012 Doomben Cup Field

Star French import Manighar has drawn the inside barrier for Saturday’s feature Group 1 $500,000 2012 Doomben Cup (2000m).

Manighar

Manighar has drawn the inside barrier for the Doomben Cup

The Peter Moody-trained race favourite will have 12 rivals as he looks to continue his impressive 2012 run which saw him win three times at Group 1 level earlier this year.

Moody’s stable jockey Luke Nolen was on board for all of the Group 1 victories and he returns after being absent on Black Caviar duty when the gelding ran second to More Joyous in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Manighar’s main rival appears to be highly-rated New Zealand mare Shez Sinsational who is chasing a fourth consecutive victory after impressing in tough conditions to win the Hollindale Stakes.

The Alan Sharrock-trained four-year-old has three New Zealand Group 1 victories to her name and showed plenty of promise in her last visit to Brisbane when placing in the Queensland Oaks and Derby last year.

Singapore-based jockey Opie Bosson rode the mare during her Brisbane campaign last year and he will again return to the sunshine state to ride her from barrier 11 this weekend.

Hollindale Stakes runner-up Lights Of Heaven has drawn a favourable barrier six position and joins Manighar as one of two Moody-trained contenders.

With Nolen already occupied on Manighar, Damien Oliver will assume the ride on the Zabeel mare who has a promising record of four wins from 11 starts.

He will come from one barrier outside well-regarded import Mawingo (5) who impressed when winning first-up by two lengths in his Australian soil debut before finishing third in the Hollindale Stakes.

Other horses set to line up in this weekend’s feature race include in-form mare Fibrillation, two-time Doomben Cup winner Scenic Shot and former Doncaster winner Triple Honour.

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Doomben Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 452X131112 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 59kg 118
2 1313X80035 SCENIC SHOT Daniel Morton Shane Scriven 4 59kg 111
3 66X67X4227 TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 13 59kg 106
4 4446X63606 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney Jim Byrne 8 59kg 110
5 0595508244 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds Jeff Lloyd 3 59kg 103
6 115715X064 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller TBA 9 59kg 106
7 7X770266X3 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Glyn Schofield 10 59kg 89
8 0323117100 MR LIGHT BLUE Barry Baldwin Timothy Bell (a) 7 59kg 89
9 X1314X5X13 MAWINGO (GER) Anthony Freedman Nash Rawiller 5 59kg 100
10 3521013111 SHEZ SINSATIONAL (NZ) Allan Sharrock Opie Bosson 11 57kg 110
11 1X25930X72 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody Damien Oliver 6 57kg 106
12 1X5660X509 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 12 57kg 104
13 9X3579X112 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin Brenton Avdulla 2 57kg 101