This Saturday the action of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival continues at Doomben Racecourse with the running of the Doomben 10,000 2014 where 11 middle distance sprinters are set to face off.
Scheduled to jump at 3:40pm (AEST) as Doomben Race 8, this year’s $650,000 Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 (1350m) is shaping up as a tense battle between the in-form locals and the Sydney-trained favourite Rebel Dane.
Gary Portelli’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winning four-year-old Rebel Dane has led Doomben 10,000 betting pre-post but could ease out in their price to win after drawing wide with barrier 10 for Saturday.
Due to be ridden by Glen Boss the son of California Dane makes their Queensland debut here and hasn’t raced since their disappointing fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney on April 26.
That was just their second run of the season, following a more promising first-up second in the TJ Smith Stakes behind Lankan Rupee, with Portelli hoping they can win the 10,000 on way to the $1.36 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) which is there major aim at Eagle Farm on June 7.
To wear the number one saddlecloth in the Doomben 10,000 this year meanwhile is the Robert Heathcote-trained Buffering who contests the race for the third straight time.
Two years ago they ran second, the son of Mossman returning for their third behind Epaulette 12 months ago.
The now six-year-old was run down and beaten into third as the favourite in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) last start on May 10 so is still looking to break their Group 1 duck in Queensland.
The triple Group 1 champion was found to be suffering from a sore neck post-BTC Cup however, Heathcote hoping subsequent chiropractic treatment will be key to them returning to form here.
Also coming via a run in the BTC Cup trifecta is fellow 10,000 fancy Spirit Of Boom who was the eye-catching runner-up last run behind upset winner Famous Seamus.
Tony Gollan’s Sequalo six-year-old looks primed for their run on the weekend following their two close seconds in Brisbane this season, the other being behind stable mate Temple Of Boom in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
Winner of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne before that, Spirit Of Boom also contested last year’s 10,000 running fourth from barrier 13 (of 15).
They look a top chance of finishing much closer than that this weekend however especially after coming up with a gun barrier two draw, Michael Rodd retaining the ride.
Gollan has also paid up for Victory Stakes winner Temple Of Boom (barrier four) who will be ridden by apprentice hoop Tegan Harrison, the veteran Piccolo seven-year-old out to improve on their BTC Cup fourth.
BTC Cup winner Famous Seamus is also drawn nicely for their 10,000 bid, Noel Mayfield-Smith’s Hawkesbury-based galloper looking to prove their last start victory no fluke.
The Elusive City five-year-old is a better horse than many rate according to their trainer who rates them a top chance so long as the Doomben track stays dry for Saturday’s classic.
Other in-form Sydney raiders looking to steal the show include the Gerald Ryan-trained Hot Snitzel coming off a BTC Cup sixth and John O’Shea’s More Than Ready four-year-old Knoydart who ran third to Lankan Rupee in the Oakleigh Plate – Newmarket Handicap double in Melbourne this autumn.
Both Hot Snitzel and Knoydart come via the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) having run first and second respectively in the Randwick lead-up from April 26.
Gai Waterhouse has also accepted for her Group 1 winning mare Driefontein (barrier seven) who won Adelaide’s Robert Sangster Stakes two back before flopping in The Goodwood (15th) while John Thompson will be represented in gate seven by Peron ran fifth in the BTC Cup.
Rounding out the Doomben 10,000 field at opposite ends of the track are then the Gary Kennewell-trained The Goodwood eighth placed Conservatorium (barrier 11) and the rails drawn Scream Machine (barrier one).
See below for the full Doomben 10,000 2014 field, barriers and jockeys.
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2014 Doomben 10,000 Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 8 – 3:40pm (AEST) – 24/05/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2x2111x733||BUFFERING||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||8||59kg||118|
|2||2124×22122||SPIRIT OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||2||59kg||112|
|3||2805×86614||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||4||59kg||109|
|4||0x14157x25||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Glen Boss||10||59kg||111|
|5||76x902x216||HOT SNITZEL||Gerald Ryan||Hugh Bowman||9||59kg||108|
|6||x57181x878||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||11||59kg||105|
|7||3135×39051||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ryan Wiggins||3||59kg||110|
|8||130×111332||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||6||59kg||104|
|9||x0397496x3||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||Tye Angland||1||59kg||92|
|10||54×4165110||DRIEFONTEIN||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||5||57kg||110|
|11||110x227x85||PERON||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell||7||57kg||98|