Doughty’s Dual 2014 Goldmarket Handicap Assault

January 3, 2014

Doughty’s Dual 2014 Goldmarket Handicap Assault

Local trainer Kelly Doughty will look to break her maiden status in the Gold Coast’s longest running race when she saddles up two livewire chances in Saturday’s Goldmarket Handicap 2014.

Morning Captain

Goldmarket Handicap favourite Morning Captain is one of two chances in the race for trainer Kelly Doughty. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The dedicated Doughty watched her husband Gary win the 1995 edition of the race, now in its 51st year, as the jockey aboard Atlantic Crossing but is yet to taste Goldmarket success herself.

This weekend she’s out in force to change that with a dual pronged attack on the $100,000 Listed Carlton Draught Goldmarket (1300m).

One of those is the current $3.50 favourite Morning Captain carrying the equal 59kg top weight.

The consistent Danbird five-year-old was fifth in the race 12 months ago but is being tipped by the bookies and their trainer to improve on that this year.

Boosting Doughty’s confidence in Morning Captain, the gelding coming of some nice lead-up form in Brisbane including a second to Lucky Hussler in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m), was their inside barrier one draw.

“Barrier one – gee, it really must be Christmas,” she told AAP, Morning Captain having drawn barrier five or wider in their past five starts.

On paper they need to dig deep to shrug this lot off on the line having run fifth last start in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) carrying one kilo less with 58kg.

There were excuses that run however as they missed the start and dug deep to make up lost ground eventually crossing three and a half kilos off the winner Love Rocks.

“He missed the start for the first time in his career,” Doughty said.

“He was ridden along from there because they really flew.

“The winner Love Rocks ended up running 1.17.4 and we finished about three lengths back. They don’t usually run anything like that at Doomben and Morning Captain really put in.”

Morning Captain will be joined in the Goldmaket field by their flying stablemate Little Brown Horse.

The five-year-old Waterford Road mare won back-to-back races first and second up this prep before their last start second at Doomben over 1350m on December 28.

She won in the mud at the Gold Coast on November 30 carrying 57kg then showed she could handle firmer ground, a plus heading towards a hot and dry weekend meet, when saluting on a Good (3) in Brisbane on December 18.

For her latest effort there was only a long neck separating Little Brown Horse and the winner Miss Leibert, and she drops back from 56.5kg that run to the 54kg minimum on Saturday.

“I know it is a big step up in class but she is an honest horse and she deserves her chance,” Doughty said.

“Even if she runs a place it will get her some black type beside her name.”

They’re still at a generous price to score an upset Goldmarket Handicap result however paying $14, the mare drawn in gate nine with apprentice hoop Tegan Harrison to ride.

To get behind Doughty’s Goldmarket hopes at the guaranteed best odds make sure you head over to and bet with the online sportsbook rewarding new depositing customers with a bonus welcome bet valued up to $250!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field