Srikandi takes out the Glenlogan Parks Stakes last year at Doomben.Srikandi takes out the Glenlogan Parks Stakes last year at Doomben. Photo: Tertius Pickard

You can almost set your clock by it at this time of year: Damian Browne, Buffering, the Doomben 10,000 and the Sunshine State’s pin-up boy not losing one single admirer with a another narrow defeat in the feature Queensland sprint.

Only this time four-time major winner Buffering is on the sidelines. And Browne somehow might have his best chance to win the elusive Doomben 10,000 despite his trusty sidekick nowhere to be seen.