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Trainer Gerald Ryan is confident of a strong return to form for classy five-year-old Hot Snitzel in this weekend’s featured Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in Brisbane, with news jockey Hugh Bowman is set to return to the saddle.
Unlucky to finish sixth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben last time out, Ryan told AAP he is confident Bowman, who has recorded the most successful tenure of any jockey on board Hot Snitzel, will once again get the best from his entrant in the Doomben 10,000.
“All is well with Hot Snitzel” Ryan said.
“He usually takes one run when he goes away from home to get to his best.
“He over-raced last time but hopefully High can get him to relax.”
Claiming seven wins and seven places from 28 competitive race starts to date, Hot Snitzel is a noted performer in Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival events, having won the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and finished second in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) in his two-year-old season north of the border.
Returning to the track in typically strong form in 2014, the gelding out of Flames Of Paris produced a strong turn of foot to finish second in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) first-up, before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) prior to the BTC Cup.
Currently amidst a contract to race in Hong Kong, Bowman will make a quick return to Queensland to partner Hot Snitzel in the Doomben 10,000.
Unable to handle the late pace of the BTC Cup most recently, Hot Snitzel is currently given little hope of success in early betting markets for the 2014 Doomben 10,000; offered at particularly generous odds of $19.
Returning to the track in great form this time in, Rebel Dane is currently sole occupant of the top line of betting for success in the 2014 Doomben 10,000 at $3.80 odds, ahead of local hero Buffering ($4), Spirit Of Boom ($5) and Knoydart ($9).
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