Racing Queensland have taken first acceptances for the upcoming Doomben 10,000 2015 with 22 gallopers, plus a horse that will be paid up for after connections missed the cut off, left in the mix for the May 23 feature.
The next major of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, this year’s $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) originally attracted 55 nominees.
Numbers for the weight-for-age classic are now more than half that including the Tony Pike-trained Kiwi Sacred Star who will be a late entry at a cost after connections of the Flying Spur five-year-old missed the first acceptance cut off.
Favourite of the remaining Doomben 10,000 hopefuls in the latest markets at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Ciaron Maher-trained mare Srikandi who is tipped to atone for her luckless eighth behind upset winner Hot Snitzel in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
Female gallopers have a good recent record in the Doomben 10,000 having won three times since 2010 with Hot Danish (2010), Beaded (2011) and Sea Siren (2012).
Srikandi is the sole mare still left in the mix, while the Peter Moody-trained Bring Me The Maid who comes off a fourth in the BTC Cup is the only filly still in contention.
The most notable filly not accepted for was the Tony Gollan-trained local Brisbane hope Traveston Girl, the daughter of Flying Spur having run third in both the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) last month and the Listed Junamo Stakes (1200m) last Saturday at Doomben.
Gollan won last year’s Doomben 10,000 with his then six-year-old stallion Spirit Of Boom and his reaming hopes of going back-to-back this winter are veteran eight-year-old Temple Of Boom and Alma’s Fury.
Following Srikandi in the latest Doomben 10,000 odds meanwhile at single figures are the likes of the Team Hawkes-trained Our Boy Malachi, John O’Shea’s Lonhro gelding Generalife and his stablemate Knoydart.
A winner of 17 of his 20 career starts, Top Echelon six-year-old Our Boy Malachi jumped short-priced favourite in the BTC Cup running a length away third in an effort he’ll be out to atone for in the Doomben 10,000.
Five-year-old Generalife is another Sydney raider who was last seen running fifth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 18 and how is yet to race in Queensland.
Fellow Godolphin hopeful Knoydart meanwhile caught the eye in the BTC Cup when, on the back of a fourth to Srikandi in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at the Gold Coast, he ran a fast-finishing second to Hot Snitzel in the Group 1.
The third O’Shea-trained Doomben 10,000 first acceptor is Sarajevo, the three-year-old gelding sitting 21st on the order of entry and coming off a first-up second to Kuro in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
Other remaining Doomben 10,000 chances coming off nice lead-up runs include the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Mick Dittman third placed Deiheros, fellow three-year-old colt Time For War who ran second in the Gold Coast Guineas behind Nostradamus on April 25 and Peter & Paul Snowden’s Group 3 BRC Sprint winner Charlie Boy.
Four-year-old Charlie Boy was fifth behind Our Boy Malachi in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) in Sydney last month before his half-length win on Doomben Cup Day, which was his first run at Doomben Racecourse.
Also still Doomben 10,000 bound and coming out of the BRC Sprint are runner-up Rock Sturdy for Joe Pride and third placed Nite Rocker prepared in Adelaide.
See below for the official 2015 Doomben 10,000 first declarations, the final acceptances revealing the race day field set to close on Wednesday May 20 at 9:00am (AEST).
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2015 Doomben 10,000 First Acceptances
Doomben Racecourse – 23/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight|
|1||22x2560x67||TEMPLE OF BOOM||G||8||Tony Gollan||1||59kg|
|4||1x70420x90||ALMA’S FURY||G||7||Tony Gollan||4||59kg|
|5||3x18740x24||BRING ME THE MAID||F||3||Peter G Moody||5||55kg|
|8||11x4911x96||BIG MONEY||G||5||Rodney Northam||8||59kg|
|10||11229×1545||SCISSOR KICK||C||3||Paul Messara||10||57kg|
|11||511x111x13||OUR BOY MALACHI||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||11||59kg|
|13||7x02346x51||CHARLIE BOY||G||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||13||59kg|
|14||4016x520x2||TIME FOR WAR||C||3||Stuart Kendrick||14||57kg|
|15||25x12239x0||EL ROCA||H||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||15||59kg|
|16||8x44067x35||HIDDEN WARRIOR||G||5||Gordon Yorke||16||59kg|
|17||x211421x82||ROCK STURDY||H||4||Joseph Pride||17||59kg|
|18||3010×43216||NEO (NZ)||G||5||Stuart Kendrick||18||59kg|
|19||x53241411x||FLAMINGO STAR (GER)||H||5||Chris Waller||19||59kg|
|20||x91211x553||NITE ROCKER||G||4||Lloyd Kennewell||20||59kg|
|22||3616×34||REKINDLED POWER||C||3||Paul Messara||22||57kg|