In a tight Doomben 10,000 2015 betting market for Saturday’s feature race in Brisbane the Ciaron Maher-trained mare Srikandi is early favourite to atone for her last start loss at the track.
Racing returns to Doomben Racecourse this weekend for the latest winter feature meeting headlined by the $750,000 Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 (1350m) set to run as Race 8 at 3:57pm (AEST).
The Doomben 10,000 field is at capacity with 16 confirmed starters plus the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Nite Rocker the sole emergency awaiting a scratching to get the call-up.
Leading the current Doomben 10,000 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on your winnings for the classic, is Srikandi at $5.50.
She is drawn a treat in barrier five, which last produced a Doomben 10,000 winner in 2011 with Peter Snowden’s mare Beaded.
A four-year-old daughter of Dubawi, Srikandi has won two from three at Doomben with her only loss being the luckless eighth she ran here last time out behind upset winner Hot Snitzel in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m).
Before that she won the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) first-up at the Gold Coast, form she’ll be looking to return to this weekend with Damian Browne retaining the ride and shooting for his first win in the Doomben 10,000.
There are four other single figure hopes to win the weight-for-age classic in the Sunshine State on Saturday with the next best in betting being Our Boy Malachi and Generalife paying $7.50 each and drawn in barriers 12 and six respectively.
The Team Hawkes-trained Our Boy Malachi has the wide gate but boasts 17 wins from 20 starts to date.
Two back the Top Echelon six-year-old won the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) in Sydney before his third in the BTC Cup when beaten only a length.
Tommy Berry stays on the gelding for Saturday’s clash where Our Boy Malachi will look to be the first winner from a double digit gate since Mr. Innocent back in 2000.
Generalife meanwhile has Hugh Bowman, who won this race aboard the Joe Pride-trained Red Oog (2005), in the saddle for the Lonhro gelding’s third-up run this prep.
He won first-up in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill before a fifth to Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
Saturday will be his Brisbane debut and he goes into it on the back of a winning Randwick trial over 1050m by three lengths at the start of the month.
Occupying the third line of Doomben 10,000 betting at $8 is then Paul Messara’s Redoute’s Choice colt Scissor Kick (barrier 11) who is out to join Sea Siren (2012) and Epaulette (2013) as recent three-year-olds to beat home the older rivals in the race.
His lead-up run was a fifth in the BTC Cup and before that a fourth in the All Aged Stakes so the form is good.
Rounding out the single figure hopes is then the Peter Moody-trained market mover Bring Me The Maid who has firmed right in from $13 to $8.50 to hand her trainer with his first Doomben 10,000 trophy.
Drawn ideally in barrier two the Sebring filly was runner-up behind Delectation in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) in April before her fourth in the BTC Cup on debut in Brisbane last start.
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