2018 Doomben Cup – Preview and Tips
Raced over 2000m, the Doomben Cup is the last recognised Group 1 middle-distance for the 2017/18 racing season. Will one of six Chris Waller trained gallopers take it out? Maybe one of a pair of former Japanese horses? Or maybe one of a pair of visiting Melbourne mares.
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Here’s the field as they line up for the 2018 Doomben Cup:
35X69 1. IT'S SOMEWHAT (8), J: D BROWNE, W: 59 KGS, Scratched
31256 2. COMIN' THROUGH (13), J: M WALKER, W: 59 KGS, 10.00
0X928 3. AMBITIOUS (7), J: C WILLIAMS, W: 59 KGS, 4.40
X2582 4. TOM MELBOURNE (9), J: C BROWN, W: 59 KGS, 10.00
03X60 5. ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (10), J: M CAHILL, W: 59 KGS, 41.00
X4553 6. MAN OF HIS WORD (1), J: B STEWART, W: 59 KGS, 21.00
38X94 7. SATONO RASEN (4), J: G SCHOFIELD, W: 59 KGS, 5.00
X9311 8. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (12), J: O BOSSON, W: 59 KGS, 10.00
X2800 9. VIOLATE (11), J: M DU PLESSIS, W: 59 KGS, 91.00
4X441 10. TRADESMAN (3), J: J ALLEN, W: 59 KGS, 12.00
X4005 11. EGG TART (6), J: L INNES, W: 57 KGS, 11.00
22241 12. OREGON'S DAY (2), J: J BYRNE, W: 57 KGS, 4.20
6X655 13. ABBEY MARIE (5), J: M MCGILLIVRAY, W: 57 KGS, 13.00
This year’s Doomben Cup is dominated by six gallopers from the Chris Waller stable. It’s down to 12 with the scratching of topweight It’s Somewhat, and in my opinion, apart from a quartet of horses, the class tends to fall away.
Unlike last week’s Doomben 10000 where there were 7 Group 1 winners, this race only has two: Egg Tart and Abbey Marie. With the track expected to be a Good 4 after consistent fine weather in Brisbane during the week, that puts Egg Tart‘s chances on hold, as she would prefer a softer track. Abbey Marie‘s prospects are better on good tracks.
The obvious favourite is recent Hollindale Stakes winner Oregon’s Day. She’s been knocking on the Group 1 door and gets her chance on Saturday. I think she’s the best contender lining up and could very well add her name to the Group 1 honours board. Jim Byrne to ride.
I can’t see Tom Melbourne breaking his duck of second placings in the Doomben Cup, despite what the Waller camp are telling everyone, nor stablemate Comin’ Through, who has the widest draw to contend with.
The two former Japanese gallopers Ambitious and Satono Rasen are both backed at short odds and seem to be finding their feet in Australian conditions. Either or could be in the money come race day.
Melbourne trainer Mick Price has had some good horses in his time, and I reckon Oregon’s Day will add to the trophy cabinet. I’ll put the two Japanese horses Ambitious and Satano Rasen in for the minors.
Oregon’s Day, Ambitious, Satano Rasen
At $13 it’s not really a roughies price, but at that money, Abbey Marie should be considered for the wider betting markets.
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