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Clayton Douglas’s stable ace Giga Kick moved to number nine on the all-time Australian Racing Prizemoney list with a hard-fought win over The Quokka winner Overpass in a terrific 2023 Doomben 10,000 result in Brisbane.
The Everest winning three-year-old was well-backed to post another elite level win after his lead-up Sydney success defeating Zaaki in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 15.
Giga Kick relished a return to the six furlongs presenting perfectly with a month between runs and was too good for his rivals late saluting as the odds-on favourite in the Group 1 $1.5 million Ladbrokes Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
Champion hoop Craig Williams continued his lovely association with the brilliant son of Scissor Kick and gave the horse an arrogant ride.
Despite missing the kick Williams was able to use the horse early and land in an ideal position before moving three-wide on the home straight and come for them down the outside.
Williams went for home early on the sprint star who dug deep to run past the brave Bjorn Baker-trained inaugural $4 million The Quokka winner Overpass ($16) who continued to excel in elite company.
“He’s just such a good horse and I’m just so lucky to be part of his journey,” Williams told Sky Thoroughbred Central post-win.
“Clayton Douglas is a phenomenal horseman. My job is very easy and very rewarding.”
Giga Kick was airborne saluting in the Doomben 10,000 in a sharp 1 minute 8.66 seconds which was very fast considering he had to peel three-deep around the turn to chase them down.
“I think the fight late was good and tough,” Williams said.
“He’s quite a remarkable horse.
“He’s really exciting.”
Eye-catching rounding out the Doomben 10,000 trifecta was the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained The Everest third place-getter Mazu ($8.50) who just held out Aft Cabin ($5.50) for the minor placing.
Douglas confirmed plans to now spell Giga Kick in Queensland before focusing on a spring return looking to secure a second victory in the world’s richest turf race.
“He’ll go to the paddock tomorrow, have a break and set our sights on The Everest,” the young trainer said.
“Excited for the future.
“Can’t wait to show him off again.”
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2023 Doomben 10,000 Results & Finishing Order
|1||8||GIGA KICK||Clayton Douglas||Craig Williams||4||57kg||$1.65F|
|2||4||OVERPASS||Bjorn Baker||Joshua Parr||0.45L||10||58.5kg||$16|
|3||2||MAZU||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||1.15L||7||58.5kg||$8.50|
|4||9||AFT CABIN||James Cummings||James McDonald||1.49L||3||57kg||$5.50|
|5||3||A CASE OF YOU (IRE)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Ben Thompson||2.61L||9||58.5kg||$41|
|6||6||PRINCE OF BOOM||Robert Heathcote||James Orman||2.81L||5||58.5kg||$21|
|7||5||VILANA||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||3.43L||1||58.5kg||$10|
|8||10||MARIAMIA||Joseph Pride||Tyler Schiller (a)||4.18L||8||56.5kg||$26|
|9||7||WEONA SMARTONE (NZ)||David Vandyke||Kyle Wilson-Taylor||5.45L||6||58.5kg||$71|
|10||11||CENTREFIRE||Chris Munce||Ms Samantha Collett||6.73L||2||56.5kg||$101|
|1||EDUARDO||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||0|
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