2022 Doomben 10,000 Preview

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The first Group 1 of the 2022 Brisbane Winter Carnival will be run and won this Saturday, the Doomben 10,000

Eagle Farm will play host to the nine-race meeting due to heavy rain in Brisbane, but there’s still enormous value to be found with the likes of recent undefeated three-year-old Mazu, and last-start winners Kementari and Count De Rupee stepping out. 

The Doomben 10,000 has been won by several champions of the turf, including Spirit Of Boom, Takeover Target, and last year’s winner, Eduardo. 

Who will take home a share in $1 million? 

Find out our thoughts on every runner in our 2022 Doomben 10,000 Preview below. 

1. Kementari (3) 

  • Group 1’s: 1 (2018 Randwick Guineas)
  • Record: 40-8:6:6
  • Track: 4:0-1-0
  • Distance: 17:3-2-3
  • Trainer: James Cummings
  • Jockey: Nash Rawiller
  • Odds: $8.00 

Last-start winner of the Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick over the same trip. Relished the heavy conditions that day and is sure to appreciate similar on Saturday. Has placed only once in four starts at Eagle Farm but tends to do some of his best racing fresh. Form from recent win reads well with Count De Rupee going on to win the Victory Stakes last week and he does appear to have a class edge over a few of these. Big chance. 

2. Vega One (1) 

  • Group 1’s: 1 (2021 Kingsford Smith Cup)
  • Record: 27-6:6:1
  • Track: 10:3-2-0
  • Distance: 7:0-1-0
  • Trainer: Tony Gollan
  • Jockey: William Pike
  • Odds: $41.00 

Struggled first-up in the Victory Stakes but has typically done some of his best racing in his second run back. Loves racing here at Eagle Farm with three wins on the board and is another one that appreciates some sting out of the track. Was a very consistent customer this time last year and is a genuine chance at big odds given the right ride from William Pike. 

3. Count De Rupee (5) 

  • Record: 19-7:5:3
  • Track: 2:1-0-0
  • Distance: 10:5-2-0
  • Trainer: Robert & Luke Price
  • Jockey: Brock Ryan
  • Odds: $9.00

Last-start winner of the Group 2 Victory Stakes that looks capable of going on with it now. Bolted in from midfield to win right on the line that day and will likely take a similar sit with Brock Ryan retaining the ride. Proven over this trip with five wins on the board and has also shown he’s capable of handling all going. Looks a great value play at the current quote and a win wouldn’t surprise. 

4. Zoustyle (11) 

  • Record: 15-9:1:1
  • Track: 1:0-0-1
  • Distance: 7:4-1-0
  • Trainer: Tony Gollan
  • Jockey: Brad Stewart
  • Odds: $21.00 

Missed the start first-up in a Stakes race over shorter but still made good ground to run a place. 1200m is his go but he does look a genuine query racing on a heavy track for the first time. Second up record reads well, however. 

5. Rothfire (7) 

  • Group 1’s: 1 (2020 JJ Atkins)
  • Record: 12-7:1:0
  • Track: 6:5-0-0
  • Distance: 5:2-1-0
  • Trainer: Robert Heathcote
  • Jockey: James Orman
  • Odds: $14.00 

Worth forgiving on first-up run when weakening late in the Victory Stakes. Probably over-raced in a key stage and warrants enormous respect as a five-time winner here at Eagle Farm. Second up record also gets a big tick but he is a genuine query on heavy going for the first time. 

6. Shelby Sixtysix (14) 

  • Group 1’s: 1 (2022 The Galaxy)
  • Record: 27-5:8:3
  • Track: 0:0-0-0
  • Distance: 11:2-2-1
  • Trainer: Danny Williams
  • Jockey: Jim Byrne
  • Odds: $41.00 

Won The Galaxy at Randwick four runs back but has struggled in all three runs since. Finished off only fairly in the Takeover Target at Gosford last time out and is likely to find this much tougher. Will find conditions to suit but tough to trust on recent form. 

7. Signore Fox (9) 

  • Record: 41-9:2:3
  • Track: 5:1-0-2
  • Distance: 22:6-1-1
  • Trainer: Peter and Paul Snowden
  • Jockey: Ben Thompson
  • Odds: $61.00 

Has had four weeks between runs since finishing second-last in the Hall Mark Stakes, 11 lengths off Kementari. Showed plenty in a recent trial at Randwick when second to Mazu but is likely going to struggle in heavy conditions again. 

8. Baller (4) 

  • Record: 26-6:3:3
  • Track: 4:1-0-0
  • Distance: 14:5-2-2
  • Trainer: Tony Gollan
  • Jockey: Leith Innes
  • Odds: $61.00 

Presents fitter second-up after struggling to make ground in the Victory Stakes. Second-up record reads well and only run in the heavy came three years ago when 5th of 12 in The Galaxy. Likely improver. 

9. Mazu (8) 

  • Record: 10-6:0:1
  • Track: 0:0-0-0
  • Distance: 5:3-0-1
  • Trainer: Peter and Paul Snowden 
  • Jockey: Sam Clipperton
  • Odds: $3.00 

Impressive type out of the Snowden yard that now gets his chance at the top level. Extended his winning streak to five with a comfortable victory in the Arrowfield Sprint at Randwick last month and has been kept fresh for the run. Recent trial was super and his unblemished record on heavy going stands out. Drawn to receive every chance under Sam Clipperton and should measure up nicely here. 

10. Paulele (6) 

  • Record: 15-6:2:2
  • Track: 0:0-0-0
  • Distance: 6:3-0-2
  • Trainer: James Cummings
  • Jockey: James McDonald
  • Odds: $11.00 

Genuine type that rarely runs a poor race. Held his own against much tougher company last month finishing 4.5L third to Nature Strip in the TJ Smith. Backed that up with a similar result in the Arrowfield Sprint behind Mazu and has since had a soft trial at Hawkesbury in preparation for this. Untried at Eagle Farm but has plenty of wet track form to suit. Hasn’t missed the money in all four starts under James McDonald and is a must in multiples. 

11. Generation (10)

  • Record: 8-4:1:2
  • Track: 0:0-0-0
  • Distance: 6:3-1-1
  • Trainer: Ciaron Maher and David Eustace
  • Jockey: Ms Jamie Kah
  • Odds:  $11.00 

Returns from a freshen-up after last being seen running fourth in the William Reid Stakes at The Valley. Has missed a place only once during his career and was impressive in a recent Rosehill trial. Untried on heavy going but does look a contender on recent form. 

12. Alpine Edge (12) 

  • Record: 9-3:2:0
  • Track: 3:3-0-0
  • Distance: 5:2-2-0
  • Trainer: Toby and Trent Edmonds
  • Jockey: Robbie Fradd
  • Odds: $81.00 

Facing Group 1 company for the second time. No match at this level in the Caulfield Guineas last year and his first-up run in the Dittman Plate at Doomben left a lot to be desired. He’ll only find this tougher. 

13. Entriviere (15) 

  • Group 1’s: 1 (2022 Railway)
  • Record: 13-7:3:1
  • Track: 0:0-0-0
  • Distance: 8:6-1-0
  • Trainer: Mark Walker
  • Jockey: Opie Bosson
  • Odds: $10.00 

Intriguing horse that returns to Australia for his first start under Mark Walker. Won the Sheraco Stakes at Kembla Grange during the spring and was third in the Golden Pendant, and fourth in The Invitation in his next two starts. Has since returned to New Zealand to win the Group 1 Railway over 1200m fresh. Untried on heavy going but if his soft form is anything to go by, he’ll lap it up. 

14. Isotope (13) 

  • Record: 12-6:3:0
  • Track: 2:0-1-0
  • Distance: 6:4-2-0
  • Trainer: Tony Gollan
  • Jockey: Ryan Maloney
  • Odds: $11.00 

Returns from a freshen-up after disappointing in The Galaxy last time out. Clearly didn’t handle the heavy track that day and would probably appreciate a firmer surface here. No query over the distance though and Ryan Maloney has a strong rapport with the horse. 

15. Minhaaj (2) 

  • Record: 13:5-0-2
  • Track: 0:0-0-0
  • Distance: 5:2-0-0
  • Trainer: John O’Shea
  • Jockey: Tommy Berry
  • Odds: $21.00 

Promising type that is yet to put it all together. Won back to back starts during the spring but was disappointing during the autumn finishing down the straight in both the Oakleigh Plate and the Sapphire Stakes. Not sure if heavy going will suit.