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Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field for the 2018 Group 1 $700,000 Altus Traffic Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Eleven sprinters have accepted for the weight for age Kingsford-Smith Cup which will be run at Doomben during this year’s Queensland Winter Racing Carnival while the Eagle Farm track is being reconstructed.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English is looking for back to back Group 1 wins after claiming the Group 1 $700,000 Kirin Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben on May 12 at her latest outing.
Doomben 10,000 winning jockey Tim Clark takes the mount again on English who jumped from the inside gate to claim her second Group 1 victory after winning the 2016 Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
Co-trainer Adrian Bottt said that English has come through the win in the Doomben 10,000 in great shape and has worked strongly on the tracks since.
“We’re really happy with the way she’s come back after the 10,000 and hopefully she can hold that form through to the next start,” Bott told AAP.
“She worked well. She’s been in work a long time so she wasn’t there to break any records.”
Doomben 10,000 runner up Impending has drawn awkwardly at barrier nine and Damian Browne will be looking to slot the James Cummings trained four year old into a trailing position in the second half of the field as he did last start.
The Kris Lees trained Le Romain maintained his good Group 1 form with a solid third in the Doomben 10,000 and will strip fitter for that effort when he jumps from barrier five with Glyn Schofield in the saddle again.
Comeback jockey James McDonald is facing a tough task after his mount, the Matt Dunn trained Care To Think, drew the outside barrier in the Kingsford-Smith Cup.
Queensland’s best chance of causing a Queensland Winter Racing Carnival upset win lies in the hands of the Tony Gollan trained Most Important who has drawn favourably at barrier three with Jim Byrne in the saddle again.
Brilliant three year old Champagne Cuddles will be stepping up to Group 1 weight for age class in the Kingsford-Smith Cup for the first time after breaking through for an overdue win in the Group 3 $125,000 Brandons Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 5.
Corey Brown will be in the saddle again and will also being looking for some early cover on Champagne Cuddles after drawing out wide at barrier ten.
Final field for the 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||3341x23x12||IMPENDING||James Cummings||Damian Browne||9||59kg||112|
|2||2x250x7423||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||5||59kg||116|
|3||211x1112x6||CARE TO THINK||Matthew Dunn||James McDonald||11||59kg||105|
|4||x641241x28||MOST IMPORTANT||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||3||59kg||106|
|5||290x2860x5||SPIETH (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||2||59kg||106|
|6||11x1170x40||MONSIEUR GUSTAVE||Darryl Hansen||Jeff Lloyd||6||59kg||104|
|7||5x6001056x||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||7||59kg||112|
|8||0x360x3149||ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||4||59kg||107|
|9||x4269x5261||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||1||57kg||115|
|10||x160x117x2||VOLPE VELOCE||Graham Richardson & Gavin Parker||Jake Bayliss||8||57kg||105|
|11||x1x32222x1||CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES||Bjorn Baker||Corey Brown||10||55kg||98|
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