Doomben 10,000 lacks class as stars subside   Leave a comment

Doomben 10,000 lacks class as stars subside

Srikandi will be striving for her first Group 1 win on Saturday. Picture: Mark Calleja

Srikandi will be striving for her first Group 1 win on Saturday. Picture: Mark Calleja Source: News Corp Australia

IS Saturday’s dud Doomben 10,000 an aberration or is the cotton wool that robs Brisbane of good middle-distance horses now wrapping itself around our top sprinters?

There is no sugar coating Saturday’s race, worth a decent $750,000.

It’s a weight-for-age race and there isn’t a star among the 16 runners.

The best horse is probably Temple Of Boom and he’s at least a year past his best.

Boban, Fontelina, Knoydart — thieves who should all be wearing masks. The favourites are Srikandi and Generalife. The former is merely promising, the latter a handicapper.

The 10,000, along with the Stradbroke (which will also be a dud this year), Newmarket and T.J. Smith are our great sprint races.

The 10,000 has a who’s who list of winners; Campaign King, Chief De Beers, Falvelon, Bel Esprit, Takeover Target, Apache Cat and Sea Siren.

Temple Of Boom is the veteran of the field. Picture: Mark Cranitch

Temple Of Boom is the veteran of the field. Picture: Mark Cranitch Source: News Corp Australia

Maybe there are too many options other than the often wet Brisbane winter, or maybe the club’s been stiff this year.

Lankan Rupee and Terravista are in the paddock because their autumn form tapered.

Chautauqua would have been a reasonable expectation but the super-conservative Team Hawkes pulled the plug after Sydney with an eye to Hong Kong in December.

Some may have thought it quite feasible to compete in Brisbane, too. But Team Hawkes loves cotton wool.

In the old days, before Choisir blazed the trail, Royal Ascot was never an alternative to Brisbane but Shamal Wind and Brazen Beau, who probably would have been at Doomben, are preparing to board international flights to England.

So it’s a 10,000 in name, but not wow factor on Saturday.

Brazen Beau has bypassed Brisbane to take on the world at Royal Ascot.

Brazen Beau has bypassed Brisbane to take on the world at Royal Ascot. Source: Getty Images

It’s also a 10,000 without the sort of breakneck speed we expect in Brisbane sprints.

Our Boy Malachi, Time For War, Neo and Srikandi (if she makes a clean break) will go forward but won’t go bonkers.

Our Boy Malachi and Srikandi have the class to take advantage.

Key runners might be those well drawn and likely to settle in the first or second group behind the pace. Horses such as Scissor Kick, Generalife and Bring Me The Maid.

Chris Waller reckons his import Flamingo Star, a 1600m to 2000m horse in France, lacks the zing to go with Australian sprinters over 1350m.

But the lack of depth in this race didn’t escape Waller, who struggled to find a decent Group 1 formline in the race. “It’s not your typical 10,000 is it?’’ he said.

Originally published as Sprint lacks class as stars subside

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Posted May 23, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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