Despite drawing the wide and awkward barrier 11 for this weekend’s featured Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m), trainer Gary Kennewell is thrilled with the condition of well-trialled journeyman Conservatorium since arriving in Brisbane last week.
While making a slow start to his current preparation; finishing no better than seventh of three starts so-far, Kennewell believes the secret to the Royal Academy gelding’s growing form lies with racing conditions north of the border.
“I didn’t think that he was quiet as good as he was last year, but he has thrived since he came up here and hopefully he has turned the corner” Kennewell told Racing Ahead.
“He is a funny horse and he always does pretty well at home, but he just thrives when he gets away.
“I think it is just a bit warmer up here, he gets into his tucker and he has probably put on 20 kilos since he has been here.
“For some reason he doesn’t go that well in Melbourne, but he does well in Queensland and does well in Perth so we are happy to keep going there.”
While not ideal, Kennewell believes the wide draw in a less-than capacity field of 11 boasted by the 2014 Doomben 10,000 should not pose too much of a threat for Conservatorium’s chances, particularly after the six-year-old registered his most convincing performance this year from barrier 16 in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) last time out.
“That is going to make it hard from out there, but it is a good long run round the back there and hopefully he can pull into a nice posy from there” Kennewell added.
“We have got to go forward and going back for him is probably fourth or fifth and hopefully he can slot in somewhere.
“There is good speed in the race; Driefontein and Buffering will be going pretty firm up front and he has pretty good speed so he should be able to slot it.”
While a proven performer in winter racing events, Conservatorium is currently offered little hope for success in betting markets for the 2014 Doomben 10,000; featuring at generous odds of $26 to find the line in the clear on Saturday.
Three-time Group 1 champion Buffering currently occupies the top line of betting to claim this weekend’s Doomben feature at $4.20 odds, ahead of Rebel Dane ($4.60), Spirit Of Boom ($4.80) and Famous Seamus ($8).
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