doomben 10,000

The Doomben 10,000 (held at Doomben Racecourse, unsurprisingly!), over 1,200 metres, is one of Queensland’s premier sprint races. Total prizemoney is $1 million. 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: Key runners

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EDUARDO has had a new lease on life this prep as a seven-year-old, finding and holding a new level in his first two runs back this prep. He should get his own lead (can’t see why anyone would want to take him on, as he goes quick anyway under his own steam) and though he hasn’t been to this track before, his racing style should be really suited here. He also loves soft tracks, so he really has a lot in his favour. He couldn’t go with NATURE STRIP third-up last start but had a freshen since and I think he’s clearly the one to beat here.

WILD RULER is a nice three-year-old on the up. In top form in Sydney this prep and he got to his equal top last start when winning the Arrowfield 3YO sprint. I also don’t think that’s his top at this stage, so have factored in further improvement. He maps well on pace, he and SPLINTEX should essentially just track EDUARDO in the run, and both of them get every chance. He hasn’t been here yet but on his racing pattern he should race well here. His issue for me is that he only gets 1.5kgs weight relief at WFA from EDUARDO, and his current top is still about four lengths off EDUARDO’s current top. As I said though I think he can improve further yet… whereas the seven-year-old EDUARDO is certainly not improving any further! WILD RULER is an obvious and logical danger to the fave regardless of the small weight difference.

SPLINTEX is a legitimate danger to the favourite. This horse from the ideal draw should just run along in EDUARDO’s slipstream and get every possible chance as a result. He hasn’t been to Doomben before but with his racing style he should race well here. He won well at Randwick last start over this trip and there’s no reason to think he can’t hold that form or even improve off it a little.

TREKKING is a good horse second-up here. He was a bit disappointing resuming at Eagle Farm, but he is better than that. He’s itter for that and the trial prior was good. He seems like he’s been around forever but he’s still only a six-year-old. He has drawn wide but I map him getting in midfield and not too far away in the run. He’ll be better suited if they can run on and win but he should get his chance, really.

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