Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick has confirmed his in-form filly Divine Centuri will be thrown in the deep end at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday tackling a gun field of stars in the Doomben 10,000.
The three-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible is a dual nominee on the Doomben 10,000 Day card having also been entered for an easier assignment in the $100,000 Listed Queensland Day Stakes (1200m).
Kendrick won’t shy away from a challenge with the progressive youngster however and will give her a shot in the big time, Divine Centuri to run instead in the $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) at weight-for-age.
Two three-year-olds have won the Doomben 10,000 in the last four years with the John O’Shea-trained filly Sea Siren (2012) and Peter Snowden’s colt Epaulette (2013) going back-to-back.
Both were coming off Group 1 lead-up runs however, including Sea Siren who completed the BTC Cup – Doomben 10,000 double that Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
It is a far different scenario for Divine Centuri who is yet to race in Group company let alone line-up in a Group 1 field prior to Saturday.
She has won four of her six career runs to date and has never finished worse than third.
Her only Black-Type start came two back at home at the Sunshine Coast on April 23 when she enjoyed a one and a half-length win in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m).
That was in place of a Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) run in Sydney during ‘The Championships’ earlier in the month, a Randwick feature Kendrick withdrew her from due to a wide draw.
She won again at Doomben on BTC Cup Day taking out a three-years-old handicap over 1050m by a length.
Her consistent form and a strong track gallop on Tuesday morning have Kendrick convinced she can be competitive against the likes of Queen Of The Turf Stakes winning mare Azkadellia, the Chris Waller-trained Darley Classic champion from last spring Delectation and Team Snowden’s BTC Cup runner-up Dothraki in the 10,000.
Those three lead the all-in Doomben 10,000 betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.80, $4.60 and $5.50 respectively.
In an open market the next best fancied in pre-field Doomben 10,000 odds are Bjorn Baker’s distance specialist Music Magnate ($6) and recent Victory Stakes winner Fell Swoop ($6.50).
Divine Centuri meanwhile is a $41 roughie, but Kendrick knows you have to be in it to win it.
“The work was good enough for us to roll the dice and have a go at the 10000,” Kendrick told AAP of the filly’s gallop.
“The winter has always been our aim.”
Kendrick has had two previous Doomben 10,000 runners to date without a top three finish.
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