It was an emotional Doomben 10,000 2015 result for the winning trainer Chris Waller who was choking back tears in his pre-victory interview after watching Boban salute in the horse’s fourth Group 1 victory.
Winner of the 2013 Epsom Handicap, Emirates Stakes and last year’s Chipping Norton Stakes, Waller’s now five-year-old son of Bernardini hadn’t been in the winner’s stall since the third of those Group 1 wins over 12 months ago.
His latest start was a disappointing 14th of 15 runners when failing to defend his Chipping Norton title over the Warwick Farm mile back in late February this autumn gone, but Waller knew how to get the horse back in form.
The master trainer made ambitious plans with Boban to resume in the $750,000 Group 1 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse, and to get the horse rock hard fit for the 1350m first-up he gave him two trials in Sydney.
Having only ever resumed Boban over 1200m, Waller was pleased to see the galloper win his last trial over that distance at Warwick Farm on May 11 before the trip to the Sunshine State for the big Group 1 10,000 test.
“He’s a great horse and he’s been very good for us, so it’s good to have him back on the top level,” Waller said.
“You just hope for the best, we thought it was the best way to attack a Group 1 race (first-up) so you just work back from that.”
With so long between drinks, Boban was definitely one of the forgotten horses in the field jumping at $18 through Ladbrokes.com.au with Glyn Schofield continuing his lovely association with the champ who before the Brisbane victory had won over $1.66 million in prize money.
Race favourite Srikandi began brilliantly in the time-honoured sprint and was one of the early leaders, quickly headed by Time For War who led them round in the Doomben 10,000 this year.
Srikandi dropped back to settle into a beautiful position fourth on the rails while the likes of Fontelina and eventual last-past-the-post Our Boy Malachi sat ahead of her behind the frontrunner.
At the back of the field waiting to run on late were then horses including the eventual winner Boban along with Peter & Paul Snowden’s last start BRC Sprint winner Charlie Boy and the John O’Shea-trained Knoydart coming off a BTC Cup second last time out at the track.
Time For War led into the bend while Srikandi came up on the outside before the backmarkers made their late runs to swoop those up front and steal the show.
In a well-timed run Boban and Schofield came bursting up through the middle along with Charlie Boy and the other Godolphin runner in the race Generalife, the Lonhro five-year-old last seen running a close fifth to the now-retired Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) in Sydney on April 18, out wide and the three moved together past the rest up to the line.
On the line Boban ($18) held the narrow margin over the four-year-old market mover Charlie Boy ($18) with Generalife ($8) holding for third, the galloper now a chance to back-up in the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) back over the same track and distance on June 6.
While thrilled with Boban’s win, Waller was hesitant to lock in the Stradbroke Handicap assignment however with the horse set to carry the top weight.
Instead he will talk to the owners and could lean towards other easier assignments before a big spring return targeting interstate Group 1 glory again, no rush to make the retirement call from the trainer.
“It’s a shame the weights are already out as he’ll get the top weight and that makes it hard as he only won by a small margin today so I don’t know,” Waller said.
“I’ll have a talk to the owners but he’s only five so it’s not as if to say he has to run in two weeks’ time and he has to be retired.
“I don’t know, I’d be leaning towards picking off the right race maybe in the spring and continuing having some fun.”
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2015 Doomben 10,000 Results & Finishing Order
Doomben Race 8 – 23/05/2015
|1||2||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||–||7||59kg||$17|
|2||9||CHARLIE BOY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||0.2L||15||59kg||$18|
|3||8||GENERALIFE||John O’Shea||Hugh Bowman||0.3L||5||59kg||$7.50|
|4||4||KNOYDART||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3.1L||14||59kg||$12|
|5||6||SACRED STAR||Tony Pike||Zac Purton||3.6L||6||59kg||$11|
|6||13||SRIKANDI||Ciaron Maher||Damian Browne||3.8L||4||57kg||$6F|
|7||10||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||Timothy Bell||4L||3||59kg||$14|
|8||12||FLAMINGO STAR (GER)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||4.8L||1||59kg||$21|
|9||16||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Kerrin McEvoy||5.6L||2||55kg||$10|
|10||1||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||5.8L||16||59kg||$26|
|11||5||BIG MONEY||Rodney Northam||Robert Thompson||5.9L||8||59kg||$17|
|12||14||SCISSOR KICK||Paul Messara||Glen Boss||7.2L||10||57kg||$8|
|13||15||TIME FOR WAR||Stuart Kendrick||Jim Byrne||8L||9||57kg||$31|
|14||11||NEO (NZ)||Stuart Kendrick||Bobby El-Issa||10.8L||13||59kg||$151|
|15||3||FONTELINA||Anthony Cummings||Tegan Harrison||11.6L||12||59kg||$71|
|16||7||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||13.9L||11||59kg||$7.50|
|–||17e||NITE ROCKER||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||–||0||–||–|