A host of top Queensland Derby hopefuls will face off at Doomben Racecourse in Saturday’s Grand Prix Stakes 2015, the final field and betting markets for the Doomben 10,000 Day support act now out.
A capacity line-up of 16 three-year-old confirmed starters plus the Chris Anderson-trained emergency Sam De Hero are engaged for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Mullins Lawyers Grand Prix Stakes (2020m), which is set to jump as Doomben Race 5 at 1:57pm (AEST).
Drawn in the outside barrier but still the favourite in Grand Prix Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is the Chris Waller-trained Derby-bound Sadler’s Lake.
The High Chaparral gelding opened at $4.60 but has already been backed right into $3.60, Blake Shinn retaining the ride after the two won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at the track last start on May 9.
That was the horse’s first Doomben run and he is tipped to repeat the feat at the same track and distance again this Saturday despite the wide gate.
There are five other single figure hopes in the Grand Prix Stakes odds, all paying between $7 and $8.50 for the win.
The next best in betting following the clear favourite are the in-form Worthy Cause ($7) and last start winner Master Of Arts ($7.50).
John Zielke’s Choisir colt Worthy Cause has won two of his past three starts including the Gold Coast’s Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) on April 25, and comes into the race on the back of a brave third behind 2015 Queensland Oaks favourite Winx in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) just last Saturday.
Master Of Arts meanwhile is drawn in barrier eight with Brad Rawiller to ride the Darren Weir-trained grey colt who comes off a 2000m Caulfield win from the start of the month ahead of his black type debut on Saturday.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 to win the Derby lead-up are the super-consistent Toowoomba-trained Jumbo Prince ($8) and the rails-drawn Quick Strike ($8.50).
Michael Nolan’s Outback Prince colt Jumbo Prince won the Toowoomba Guineas over a mile two back before a brave third to Sadler’s Lake, who is the horse to beat, in the Rough Habit Plate last time out.
Quick Strike gets the inside run if he and jockey Tye Angland want it on Saturday, Waller’s gelding fifth in the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in early April at Randwick before a below par seventh over an unsuitably short 1500m on May 9 at Rosehill leading into his Queensland debut on the weekend.
Outside the single figure fancies are a number of nice value bets including Peter Moody’s Gunsynd and Rough Habit runner-up Upham ($12), and another from the star Sydney stables of Waller Redoutable Heart ($13) who comes off a 1900m third at Rosehill from earlier in the month.
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