Fri, May 12, 9:41am by Staff Writer
The Queensland Winter Carnival heads to Doomben on Saturday with the revamped Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) the feature event. Solid rain fell early in the week and at the time of acceptances the track was rated a Heavy 8. Music Magnate ($6.50) won it last year when it was over 1350m and the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding lines up again this year. A winner of eight from 17 in total, he won over this distance at Eagle Farm two weeks ago on a soft track after finishing twelfth of 14 in the Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) which was run on a heavy.
Russian Revolution ($3.20) was the winner of that Galaxy and he was crunched in betting leading into the race. The three-year-old was a handful in the parade ring and at the barriers that day but still managed to salute. His most recent run was when sixth to Chautauqua in the G1 TJ Smith (1200m) and he trialled a fortnight ago beating Religify by 3.3L – who won on the Gold Coast last week. Stablemate Redzel ($7) is a last-start winner after two close seconds prior and he gets the services of local jockey Jim Byrne.
Counterattack ($13) was second to Redzel in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) after two lacklustre runs prior, and he’s one of two runners for Chris Waller – Japonisme ($17) the other. He’s had a sprinkling of early support in the betting and even though he hasn’t won a race in over a year he did win a recent trial by 4L.
Start Wondering ($13) is a six-year-old gelding who has won ten of his 19 career starts. He began his racing life in NZ before a stint over in NSW with Waller but has returned to his home country and comes into Saturday with three wins and two seconds from his last six starts. Derryn ($11) has won two of his last three, Takedown ($19) is third-up and jumps from barrier 15 while Rebel Dane ($21) is also third-up after finishing back in the pack at his first two runs this campaign. A stud career beckons for the Gary Portelli-trained seven-year-old.
Fell Swoop ($8.50) is consistent in the top grade but finding it hard to crack it for a win. El Divino ($34) dead-heated with Astern at his second career start but hasn’t won since while In Her Time ($26) put together four straight wins over the summer before a fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore (1500m) two months ago.
Down in NSW, Scone holds centre stage with its two-day carnival starting Friday with the Scone Cup followed by the ever popular standalone meeting on Saturday. The Listed 3YO Guineas (1400m) is one of the features on Saturday but it’s a race restricted to Inglis graduates.
Prized Icon ($3.90) has been backed early and is now fighting for outright favouritism alongside Calanda ($4.40). Prized Icon is a dual Group 1 winner who should enjoy being back on the firmer footing albeit over a distance much shorter than his preferred while Calanda has won three from six in total but comes into the Guineas off a tenth of 12 in the G3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) two weeks ago. That was a ‘forgive’ run although he’ll have to deal with barrier 14 on Saturday. Mr Sneaky ($5) is another who’s had early support in betting and he’s looking for three straight wins while Spright ($7.50) showed immense potential during the spring but is yet to capture that form in four runs this autumn.
Suggested Bet: Back Start Wondering each way at $13
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