The Doomben 10,000 headlines a big day of racing in Brisbane this weekend and we are set for a thoroughly exciting race.
The market has zeroed in on Nature Strip and Osborne Bulls and they are dominant winners to claim the Group 1 event at Doomben on Saturday.
Will the favourites prevail or will there be a Doomben 10,000 upset?
We have analysed every runner in the field and our complete 2019 Doomben 10,000 tips can be found below.
Is this the day that Osborne Bulls finally claims a Group 1 victory? He has not got the job done this campaign, but he has still been able to finish second in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, TJ Smith Stakes and the All Aged Stakes. A repeat of any of those performances would likely be good enough to win the Doomben 10,000. There is no doubt that this is an afterthought, but he does appear to be a horse that thrives with racing and he simply doesn’t produce a poor performance. He maps to get a dream run in transit with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle and he really should be favourite for this contest.
Nature Strip is currently a dominant favourite in Doomben 10,000 betting and I can’t get him anywhere near as short as his current price. He proved with his win in The Galaxy that he is an elite sprinter at 1100 metres or shorter, but he still hasn’t proven himself over 1200 metres. There is more than enough early speed in this contest to ensure that he doesn’t get any easy run in transit and I have serious doubts over his ability to run out a strong 1200 metres under any circumstances. I am more than happy to bet around him.
I’m A Rippa
I’m A Rippa will play a key role in the Doomben 10,000. He should challenge Nature Strip for the lead in the early stages of the race and that will make this a difficult assignment for both horses. He knocked up badly late in the Victory Stakes and this race is tougher again.
Manuel heads to Queensland after he finished a more than credible fifth in the All Aged Stakes. He has been up and running since he won the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield in February and he has shown no real signs of tiring. I think that he is better suited over 1400 metres and I’m not sure that he has the class to win this contest, but he can run better than his current odds suggest.
Easy Eddie wasn’t beaten far by Nature Strip and Pierata in The Galaxy, but he was a little bit disappointing in the Hall Mark Stakes. He would need to improve on his career best rating to be a genuine winning chance in the Doomben 10,000 and I think that there are other horses in this field with more upside.
Dollar For Dollar
This is a big step-up in class for Dollar For Dollar after he was beaten in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap at Caulfield last start. He has never really shown anything to suggest that he is capable of winning at this level.
Tactical Advantage returned to the races with a fast-finishing effort in the Hawkesbury Rush and he should take good improvement from that effort. He is another horse that would need to produce a career best effort to win the Doomben 10,000 and I am not sure that he is capable of that at this stage of his racing career.
The Bostonian returns to Queensland following a Group 1 campaign in New Zealand. He gave Melody Belle a serious scare in the BCD Group Sprint and he chased her home again in the Haunui Farm Mile at Otaki in February. He does have an excellent first-up record and he should get a nice trail into this contest from barrier three. I think that he is a much better chance than his $41 odds suggest and he is a horse that I am keen to include in exotics.
Havasay was outclassed in the Victory Stakes and he has never shown anything to suggest that he is capable of winning at this level.
Man Booker has been set for a first-up assignment in the Doomben 10,000. The wide barrier draw does make things tricky and I do think that he will benefit from this run. The Stradbroke Handicap looks the ideal race for him.
Champagne Cuddles is the value runner in the Doomben 10,000. She found the line nicely in both the TJ Smith Stakes and the All Aged Stakes and there is an argument to be made that she is going better than she was this time last year. The Not A Single Doubt mare is rarely far away at this level and she has run well in Queensland in the past. The wide barrier draw is a little bit awkward, but she could be the horse to take advantage if Osborne Bulls fails to fire.
White Moss was the bookies friend during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and she has recorded wins at big odds in both the Millie Fox Stakes and the Sapphire Stakes. She is another that will be right on the speed in the early stages of this contest and Kathy O’Hara has a great relationship with her. This is a step-up in class and I’m not sure that she is good enough to win, but it wouldn’t surprise if she was in this race for a long way.
Outback Barbie will return to the races in the Doomben 10,000 after being scratched from the Gold Coast Guineas last weekend. She doesn’t win out of turn, but she does have form around some good horses. She does have a knockout chance, but I couldn’t back her at the current price of $13.