The last 3YO to win the Doomben 10,000 was Epaulette, trained by Peter Snowden. The master conditioner prepared the ruling favourite in the 2017 edition in partnership with his son Paul and the colt has been a big firmer with as much as $12 available in the All-In market in mid-April. The Snitzel colt has won five of seven, with the two misses coming at his last Spring run in the G1 Coolmore down the Flemington straight six and in the TJ Smith when 6th behind Chautauqua after bouncing out and leading them up. Allotted 50.5kg in The Galaxy, Kerrin McEvoy took the ride carrying 51kg and after settling handy, the colt showed terrific acceleration to score. Given a trial at the end of April after a 28 day gap, he was superb without being asked for an effort, defeating Religify by 3.5 lengths, with that runner wininng when fresh at Gold Coast last week.
The Snowden’s have two live hopes in the 10,000, putting the polish on the Snitzel 4YO. From three starts this prep he has been no further than a neck from the winner. Starting his campaign in the G2 Challenge Stakes at Randwick over 1000m the gelding settled handy to the speed and flashed late to get within a head of English. Second-up in the G1 The Galaxy, Dwayne Dunn was up with 54.5kg and once again was settled close to the speed and stuck on gamely to get within a neck of Russian Revolution that had a 3kg pull in the weights. Stepped up to the six furlong trip in the Hall Mark Stakes off a 28 day gap, he jumped straight to the front and was never headed, scoring by one length. Jim Byrne takes the ride and despite running strongly in all 3 starts on heavy going this campaign, will appreciate some firmer going.
Following the gelding’s fourth to Music Magnate, a veterinary scope has revealed that all was not right with the 4YO. Trainer Gary Moore has been able to freshen the gelding for one week at the famed Washpool Lodge and has reported the horse has returned to stable life in a much brighter state. After winning the G1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in November, Moore took the sprinter to Hong Kong for the International meeting where he finished two lengths from the winner in a credible performance. Resuming in the Hall Mark stakes he carried 60kg on the Heavy 8 when well down the line behind Redzel. Second-up in the Victory Stakes he was working to get forward when settling outside of Music Magnate and then just faded off in the run to the line. Chautauqua was flat for a couple of runs after returning from Hong Kong before bouncing back. Forgive the last two, can Takedown do the same?
5YO gelding Music Magnate will need to create some history if he is to be successful. Apache Cat was the last horse to win successive Doomben 10,000’s in the 2008/09 season, while just two horses in the modern era have been successful in the Victory Stakes and then gone on to win a Group 1 race during the Winter Carnival. That could be changed this year, in part to the changes to the carnival that sees the 10,000 run over 1200m this year. Music Magnate showed he was back to his best with a solid win in the Victory Stakes. The gelding missed the features last Spring and resumed with a win in the G2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill. His next two starts were sub-par and attributed to the track conditions in the Canterbury Stakes and The Galaxy. He trialled sharply at Warwick Farm before heading North and Jeff Lloyd continues his great association with Baker and these silks.
First held in 1933 as the Doomben Newmarket Handicap over 6 furlongs or approximately 1200m, the race changed to the Doomben 10,000 in 1947 and was once the richest sprint race in Australia when offering 10,000 pounds in prizemoney. Increased to 1350m in 1973, the race has been reduced to 1200m again in 2017. This year's edition of the race will offer total prizemoney of $700,000 with the winner to receive $448,000.
Some greats of the turf have been successful in the race including the 2nd winner Lough Neagh, Bernborough, Aquanita, Manikato, Falvelon, Apache Cat and the King of Doomben Chief De Beers. The 2016 winner was Music Magnate, trained by Bjorn Baker and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.
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|Date:||Saturday 13th May 2017|
|Race Time:||16:04 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2016 Winner:||Music Magnate|
|2017 Doomben 10,000 Odds|