Doomben Cup 2014 first acceptances were taken this week cutting the number of hopefuls down from 27 to 10, but that will be back up to 13 with three Victorian runners to pay the late acceptance fee.
The connections of 10 gallopers paid up for their horses yesterday when Racing Queensland (RQ) took first declarations for Saturday week’s $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
However in an oversight from three Melbourne trainers the connections of Akzar, Mr O’Ceirin and Angel Of Mercy will pay a discounted late entry fee to keep their chances in the mix for the May 17 showdown.
After RQ failed to send a trainer reminder that Doomben Cup first acceptances closed on May 7, the body decided to slash the late entry fee from $23,000 to half that in a bid to keep the interstate interest in the race alive.
“If only one had missed, it wouldn’t have been an issue, but when three horses that had specifically been set for the race weren’t there, it was obvious something had gone amiss,” RQ Chief Executive Darren Condon told The Courier Mail.
“Given the amount of money we invest in this race, we want to make it a genuine Group 1 contest with the best possible field.
“That wouldn’t have happened had we not come to this compromise.”
The best fancied of the ‘forgotten’ trio in the updated Doomben Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Darren Weir-trained Akzar paying $6 to win.
The Selkirk seven-year-old may be getting on in the years, but they’ve been in career best form this year winning four of their past six starts.
Backing up from a Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) second in April the veteran was last seen putting a big six lengths on their closest rival in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m) run in the mud on May 1.
There they overcame the extreme outside gate (16 of 16) and earned a shot at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival riches.
Weir then was thankful for the leniency of RQ when it came to the late entry fee.
“It’s a very ordinary feeling when you first hear one of your horses is not still in the race,” he said.
“I thank Racing Queensland for their consideration of the circumstances. It’s a good outcome.”
Mr O’Ceirin is also at single figures in futures Doomben Cup betting paying $7.50 while Angel Of Mercy is further down the markets at $26.
Ciaron Maher’s Postponed six-year-old Mr O’Ceirin was last seen running second to Streama in the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast last weekend, the galloper after their first win since the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at home last September.
Gerald Ryan’s Hussonet mare Angel Of Mercy has improving to do if the recent Eagle Farm winner is to atone for her Hollindale eighth.
Doomben Cup betting is still led by AD Hollindale Stakes winner Streama meanwhile $3.40.
Guy Walter’s talented Stratum mare is relishing getting up over more ground this prep, the Hollindale her first look at further than a mile since her ATC Oaks success two years ago.
She’s followed then by the Hawkes-trained Hawkesbury Gold Cup champ Leebaz ($4.50) who is a Zabeel four-year-old bred for the distance and Hollindale fourth placed Junoob ($5) representing the prolific Chris Waller.
See below for the current Doomben Cup 2014 all-in prices available online at Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change.
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2014 Doomben Cup 1st Acceptances & Odds
Doomben Racecourse – 17/05/2014
|AKZAR (Late Entry)||6.00|
|MR O’CEIRIN (Late Entry)||7.50|
|ANGEL OF MERCY (Late Entry)||26.00|
|KITTEN ON THE RUN||31.00|
*Fixed Win odds are All-In and subject to change @ Ladbrokes.com.au