The $1m Doomben 10,000 is one of Queensland’s premier sprint races and in 2022 will actually be held at Eagle Farm. The race is held during Brisbane’s annual Winter Carnival, and was named in 1946 after the £10,000 prize, which at the time made it the richest sprint race in Australia.
Doomben 10,000: Alfie’s preview
Track: Working off a Soft 5/6 after plenty of rain in Brisbane but Eagle Farm will handle it. Rail at 7m may favour those who settle forward, but coming wide off the fence later on the day may be a play. Watch track pattern. Where the track ends up on the day would make me rethink my ratings. If it ends up in the heavy range Mazu comes into play, and Isotope and Count de Rupee will drop off.
Pace: Should be above average with Rothfire and Zoustyle in the race.
Map: Rothfire to lead Zoustyle, Isotope, Generation and Mazu next. Count de Rupee mid-field.
Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.
#1 Kementari [$7.50] Coming off a good win when Nash took out the fence to win, hasn’t performed well at this track with only 1 placing from 4 attempts.
#3 Count De Rupee [$9.50] Performed well last start at Eagle Farm so that is a big tick, if he holds anything near that he can give this a shake.
#13 Entriviere [$10] First-up, but last prep did run a rating that would be highly competitive here. Tough draw and may get stuck wide early.
#9 Mazu [$3] Coming back from the wet tracks of Sydney where he has flourished. First go at a GP 1, and will need to run another peak to win again.
#14 Isotope [$10] Class mare who didnt handle the Sydney wet last start, so will forgive. The local combo of Maloney and Gollan can upset them here if she is ready to go first-up. Close watch in the yard.
#11 Generation [$12] Kah has been great the last two winter carnivals here in Brisbane, and jumps on the up and coming colt. Coming out of a GP 1 4th placing, and can progress here 4th UP. Being by Snitzel if the track does move into heavy range should handle it.
#8 Baller [$61] Can run a sneaky place.
#10 Paulele [$12] Back on the firmer surface is a positive, had a tick over trial, will need to be able to run on if a chance. One of the leading chances if dry-ish.
#6 Shelby Sixtysix [$41] Will find this tough.
#4 Zoustyle [$20] Dry track at Doomben I would give it a much better chance. But will be up the front a long way.
#2 Vega One [$41] Group 1 winner last winter carnival, would need to lift to reproduce that, but hasn’t won over 1200m!
#5 Rothfire [$15] Love this horse, but until it starts putting figures on the board to show it is back to its best I will oppose it.
Alpine Edge, Minhaaj, Signore Fox – would all need to improve to win.
Doomben 10,000: Alfie’s betting tips
Might end up looking silly, but I am going to oppose Mazu on the firmer Eagle Farm deck. Count de Rupee, Isotope and Generation – I will look to back on Saturday if the track remains a S6 or better. With a big eye on Isotope in the yard. If the track does move into the heavy range then I would give Mazu an extra length, keep Generation in play, and add Kementari.
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