One of the biggest days of the winter carnival takes place on Saturday for Doomben 10,000 day and one of the key support races on the program is the Group 3 2013 Premier’s Cup (2200m).
The field contains a handy mix of imports and locals, many of whom will head towards next month’s Brisbane Cup.
Favourite at $4 is Sam Kavanagh’s recent stable addition Midsummer Sun who is slightly ahead of fellow imports Less Is More ($6) and Studio ($8.50).
At $9, New Zealand mare Zennista is the only other runner under double figures while the best local hope in betting is $11 chance Margins.
#12 Midsummer Sun $4
Was hoping for a slightly longer price than $4 but quite keen on the favourite here. Arrives on the back of wins in Adelaide and Caulfield.
His two unbeaten starts here have taken place over 1600m and 2000m but his British form suggests he’ll only improve as he steps up in distance this weekend.
Should get a gun run from barrier six and champion jockey Glen Boss travels up from Melbourne to stay on after riding him at Caulfield.
Certainly the one to beat.
#15 Less Is More $6
We’ve seen time and time again the class edge the imports have over the local stayers and Less Is More is hitting form at the right time.
A winner over this distance in France, the David Vandyke-trained gelding asserted his class to win a Benchmark 85 over 1600m last start and looks well placed to rise in grade at a more ideal distance here.
Was beaten just two lengths by Sydney Cup winner Mourayan at Group 3 level in his spring preparation.
#11 Margins $11
A progressive local stayer trained by emerging trainer Ben Currie in Toowoomba. Appears to have a touch of class about him and certainly the best of the local hopes.
Put a line through his last run as he simply didn’t get through the heavy ground. Can certainly bounce back here. Has form around Transporter who fought all the way to the line to finish second to Group 1 winner Solzhenitsyn on Saturday.