Fri, May 11, 8:59am by Staff Writer
Brisbane’s winter carnival starts to gain real momentum this Saturday with the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) the feature event.
Redzel ($2.20) is going for back-to-back wins in the 10,000. Last year the victory was his second straight win in a streak of six which included another G1, a G2, two G3’s and of course the inaugural Everest. In the autumn he’s had the three starts for a win and two seconds – with one of those minors being when beaten a lip by Redkirk Warrior in the G1 Lightning (1000m).
In Her Time ($3.80) got a well deserved – and somewhat overdue – Group 1 win two starts back in the Galaxy (1100m) with four G1 placings and three G2 victories under her name.
Impending ($10) edged out In Her Time in last year’s G1 Stradbroke (1350m) and he returned from a break with a strong last start win at Doomben after looking in trouble down the straight.
Spieth ($21) is an interesting runner making his race debut for the Hayes/Dabernig yard as he looks for a G1 win to enhance his stud value. English ($17) is more than capable on her day but her last win was back in March of 2017 while Le Romain ($13) is also an acceptor in Scone but could well end up here. Care To Think ($12) has a strong record and has top QLD jockey Jeff Lloyd to steer.
NSW metro racing heads to Scone for their popular standalone meeting and as usual the day is littered with large and competitive fields.
A field of 14 will line up in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) with Godolphin saddling up two runners including top weight Ghisoni ($4.40). The five-year-old mare has been sparingly raced due to an injury plagued career but she showed glimpses of her old self with a close second in the G3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) a fortnight ago. She’s drawn wide in barrier 12 with stable mate Philosophy ($10) drawn the widest gate.
Shazee Lee ($14) caught the eye last start in the Hawkesbury Crown when fourth although two of her three wins – from 18 starts – have come at her home track of Hawkesbury. Dyslexic ($4.80) is a lightly raced filly with only five starts to her name and last start she was narrowly beaten by Moss Trip – who races earlier in the day – in Group 3 grade during the Randwick carnival.
Danish Twist ($15) won this race two years ago which was her third straight in a sequence of four – and that was the last time she greeted the winners’ circle. Stable mate Nurse Kitchen ($19) is having her first start for Kris Lees, with a G2 win and G1 second already to her name. Siren’s Fury ($12) is one of two last start winners in the race. Schism ($10) has been runner-up at her past two starts – and this will be her third state in as many runs where she to run here while Lubiton ($12) disappointed last start and is better than that. Nancy ($9) might be starting to wear thin on punters but she did win a race before a spell and comes into this third-up, drawing nicely in barrier five.
A competitive field of 13 have accepted for the Listed Luskin Star (1300m) although Le Romain ($4.80) is also an acceptor up in Brisbane. He comes off a strong second to Trapeze Artist in the G1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) although he’s got top weight of 61kg and drawn wide in barrier 12. Stable mate Invincible Gem ($8.50) hasn’t done much better with the barriers and she’ll jump from gate 11.
Osborne Bulls ($2.70) could well be undefeated with a bit of luck although his record is still impressive with six wins and three minors from his nine starts. Last start he was the subject of a much debated ride when storming home to just miss Tribal Wisdom over 1400m in BM99 grade.
Firsthand ($9) is second-up and has won two from three when second-up.
Sons of John ($27) resumes from a break and he did run fifth in the Listed Scone Cup last year when only beaten by half a length. Passage of Time ($23) is a handy horse in the making and should be better for his first-up run. Grande Rosso ($13) is having his first start for Team Snowden. Takedown ($12) is finding it hard to win but capable on his day while similar could be said for Red Excitement ($26) and Mighty Lucky ($27).
Suggested Bet: In a big day across Scone and Doomben, going to the well again with Osborne Bulls ($2.70 Scone race 6, number 10) after just missing last time. Interestingly Rachel King takes the ride with Avdulla going on Firsthand and with Le Romain likely to head to Brisbane, hopefully Osborne Bulls can make amends for last start.
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