High quality mare Prompt Response is in the mix...
Kiwi trainer Andrew Scott is sweating on a start for Sound Proposition in the Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Sound Proposition is currently number thirty-one in the order for entry for the Doomben Cup but Scott, who trains in partnership with Lance O’Sullivan at Matamata, is hopeful of gaining a place in the final field when it is released on Wednesday.
“He’s still a wee way down the order, but hopefully he’ll get in,” Scott told New Zealand Racing Desk.
Scott decided to bypass a run for Sound Proposition in the Group 3 $125,000 AQWA Constructions Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben last Saturday after he was allocated 58kg and head straight to the Doomben Cup this week.
“As it turned out he was going to get 58 kilos and the weather was not the greatest,” Scott said.
“We felt it was better to sit back and wait for the Doomben Cup.”
Sound Proposition is the winner of the 2016 Group 1 NZ$200,000 Monaco Easter Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie in New Zealand just over twelve months ago and is coming off a last start fifth in the 2017 version on April 22 following an interrupted campaign.
Sound Proposition failed to beat a runner home when twelfth of twelve in the Group 1 NZ$200,000 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie in New Zealand on December 26 last year and was diagnosed to be suffering with Cardiac Arrhythmia post-race.
Scott said that the Savbeel five year old has made a complete recovery and is fine to go in the Doomben Cup.
“He had that heart fibrillation on Boxing Day and has had an interrupted campaign in New Zealand this season,” Scott said.
“He seems fine now and has settled in well in Brisbane.”
Top Kiwi jockey Opie Bosson has been booked to ride Sound Proposition replacing Michael Coleman and is keen to go one better in this week’s Group 1 after finishing second on the Chris Waller trained Counterattack to all the way winner Redzel in the Group 1 $700,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
Sound Proposition is listed as one of the outsiders of the Doomben Cup field at $41 in early betting at Ladbrokes.com.au while the Darren Beadman trained It’s Somewhat sits at the top of the market order with Darren Weir’s Articus at $4.50.
Early market order for the Doomben Cup at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.50 Articus, It’s Somewhat, $7 Sense Of Occasion, Single Gaze, $8 Star Exhibit, $11 Amelie’s Star, Benzini, McCreery, $13 Maurus, $15 Preferment, Vanbrugh, $17 Life Is Ordinary, Mime, Ventura Storm, $21 Cylinder Beach, Sons Of John, $26 Astronomos, Rudy, $34 or better the rest.
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