Only nine runners remain in contention for this afternoon’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m), but the depth of class in the feature race means there is plenty of value to be taken from a betting perspective and several opportunities to place a winning wager.
Punters have continued to rally around Fell Swoop in the hours leading up to jump this afternoon; seeing the Matt Dale-trained gelding into 2016 Doomben 10,000 odds of $4.60 after opening at a quote of $5.50.
Fell Swoop has undoubtedly returned to racing in career-best form this year and was unlucky not to post a maiden win at the highest level when finishing an agonizingly-close second to Flamberge in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up on February 27th.
Progressing to fourth in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), the son of Not A Single Doubt produced a particularly smart effort to run second behind Chautauqua in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.
Arriving in Brisbane for success in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m), Fell Swoop was completely luckless when fifth in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) a fortnight ago but appears as though he will relish the conditions of the Doomben 10,000, particularly from the rails draw.
Hooked is a proven first-up performer, has drawn the ideal barrier 3 and has received noticeable support in 2016 Doomben 10,000 betting markets through recent days; cutting in from a quote of $31 to current register as a $16 chance.
Placed a Group 1 level several times through a consistent career, Hooked resumed in spring with an impressive performance to win the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m), but returned to the paddock after a couple of lacklustre performances.
Having trialled well in the lead-up to his competitive return, the Casino Prince entire has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form local hoop Jim Byrne but faces a notable task in the classy Doomben 10,000 field this afternoon.
Dothraki was unlucky to lose the BTC Cup by the bob of a head two weeks ago, but has interesting continued to drift in 2016 Doomben 10,000 betting markets to current $7.50 odds.
Dothraki has posted six wins and a further thirteen minors through his twenty-eight career starts so far, and resumed this time for a credible seventh in the Oakleigh Plate.
Savaging the line for third in The Galaxy, the Mossman gelding ran a handy fifth in the TJ Smith Stakes in his only other start prior to the BTC Cup.
The only query for the classy sprinter is perhaps the 1350m of the Doomben 10,000, but he is sure to receive a typically strong ride from Blake Shinn from barrier 6.
Race favourite Azkadellia remains sole occupant of the top line despite drifting to Doomben 10,000 odds of $3, while Delectation ($4.80) and Music Magnate ($8) remain at single-figure quotes.
Charlie Boy ($19), Scarlett Billows ($21) and Two Blue ($26) are all considered rank outsiders in 2016 Doomben 10,000 betting markets.
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2016 Doomben 10,000 Late Mail Tips
1) Fell Swoop