Racing in review - Kiwi visitor takes spoils at Doomben
We look back at some of the action from Saturday racing
Was it really that big a surprise that The Bostonian took out yesterday’s Doomben 10,000?
The New Zealander has a knack for racing at this time of the year and especially in this part of the world, having racked up a hat-trick of wins in June last year at the Sunshine Coast and Doomben.
Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing and especially if you could have secured some of the $51 on offer for the Tony Pike-trained runner but it appears as though many of us let him slide through the cracks as most of the betting attention was focused on Osborne Bulls and Nature Strip.
The two heavily backed runners didn’t have a great deal of luck while Michael Cahill on The Bostonian settled just off the speed and then ducked back to the rails midway down the straight, sprinting sharply to secure a fourth Group One for the veteran jockey. The story for the two favs differed but still resulted in hard luck stories.
Nature Strip missed the start and was three-wide the trip – most expected him to be in front. Osborne Bulls came from near last on the turn and flashed home to finish a narrow second, which is his fifth straight runner-up result in a Group One but he may rue the one that got away because he may never get a better chance to win one than yesterday. There was no Santa Ana Lane to chase, no Pierata, no Sunlight and yet he still found one better on the day.
The start of the Brisbane Winter Carnival saw visitors dominate the features at Doomben with Dubious landing a big betting move to take out the Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic for Maher & Eustace while Gwenda Markwell’s good run of form continued when stable star Archedemus led throughout to win the seventh race and Purple Sector saluted for John Thompson in the Rough Habit Plate, giving Blake Shinn a double on the day.
Markwell’s stable isn’t the only one in form at the moment and if there was any doubt as to whether Team Snowden or Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott were back, well, that can truly be put to bed.
Snowden’s horses are starting to feature again more prominently and Missile Mantra landed a good betting move to take out the Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield. The impressive youngster was heavily backed and overtook Moldova as favourite, landing a number of big bets in the process.
Waterhouse & Bott had a very quiet autumn carnival in Sydney by their standards but their horses have started to find the winners’ stall more often in the past few weeks. They had a winning double yesterday at Scone’s standalone meeting and both were at double figure odds. Ready To Prophet was too good in the Denise’s Joy while American import Con Te Partiro defied a huge betting drift to hold off the Godolphin juggernaut in the Dark Jewel Classic.
Speaking of stables that are on fire and if you are following the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, along with the Hayes Hayes & Dabernig establishments, you should be swimming it! Both powerhouse operations had winners across multiple States yesterday and haven’t slowed down from their autumn carnival successes. Dubious and Qafila (SA Derby) gave them yet more features to celebrate. It will pay to follow them over the next month or two.
Another stable which is worth keeping an eye on is Danny O’Brien’s who bagged a winning double at Caulfield yesterday thanks to the last two winners on the card (Order Of Command and Remember The Name).
Finally, we may have seen a future star at Scone in the shape of Libertini who was an ultra-impressive winner of the Yarraman Park Woodlands Stakes at Listed level. The Anthony Cummings runner had to do all the work outside the leader and booted clear for a top class win. The daughter of I Am Invincible has won two of her three starts and now we know why Cummings threw her into the deep end first-up in the Kindergarten Stakes when she finished an eye-catching second to Bivouac.
RIDE OF THE DAY: Giving this one to James Winks on All About Nicci in the fifth from Caulfield. Had to duck and weave in the straight to find a gap but once he did, the Kym Hann runner drove through like she was a race car. The patience of Winks paid off!
FLOP OF THE DAY: Michael Dee has been going alright of late but his ride on Leonardo da Hinchi was sickening. A heavily backed favourite, Dee had Leonardo da Hinchi too close to the speed and gassed his runner trying to chase noted leader Jungle Edge. He was out of petrol on straightening and allowed Order Of Command to take the run that he probably should have had, behind the leader a few lengths off them, which saw that runner sweep home to beat the leader.