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The countdown to the 2012 Doomben Cup (2000m) is nearly over and with excellent weather in Brisbane leading up to the weekend, a sensational day of racing is expected in the Queensland capital tomorrow.
Peter Moody-trained gelding Manighar is a short-priced bookmaker.com.au favourite ($2.20) to take out the Group 1 $500,000 event after his highly successful autumn campaign that saw him record three Group 1 victories.
Next back in the betting is New Zealand star Shez Sinsational ($5.50) who returns to Brisbane with three Group 1 wins in New Zealand to her name after placing in both the Queensland Oaks and Derby last year.
Only two other candidates are being offered at under double figures with Hollindale Stakes runner-up Lights Of Heaven ($6.00) and promising German import Mawingo ($8.50).
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#1 Manighar ($2.20)
The French import jumps from the inside here and provided he doesn’t get caught up on the fence he is simply the best horse in the race and will come home in front.
Moody has trained this one superbly and he has developed from a staying plodder into a horse that has a sharp turn of foot and comes home quickly.
This was evident during the autumn when the six-year-old produced a rare Group 1 treble in the Australian Cup, Ranvet Stakes and BMW and he also finished second to More Joyous in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
He’s beaten the likes of Americain, Rangirangdoo, Shoot Out and Niwot on multiple occasions this year and this Doomben Cup field does not come close so he should simply have too much class tomorrow.
We are tipping a Peter Moody one-two double here and Lights Of Heaven produced an impressive run when beaten by a head by Shez Sinsational in the Hollindale Stakes.
The four-year-old mare has drawn well in barrier six, has won at the distance before in last year’s Group 1 Schweppes Oaks at Morphetville and with Damien Oliver on board looks the most likely to challenge her star stable mate.
German import Mawingo just edges out Shez Sinsational for our third pick after drawing a far better barrier (5) than the Kiwi star (11).
The four-year-old produced a tremendous run to win by two lengths in his Australian soil debut at Flemington on April 14 and ran solidly in tough conditions to finish third in the Hollindale Stakes.
#2 Scenic Shot ($16.00)
He may not have the form of some of his rivals heading into the race but this Daniel Morton-trained veteran knows how to win the Doomben Cup.
The nine-year-old has two Doomben Cups to his name and with a favourable barrier (4) and a bit of luck he may just be able to defend his title.
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