Boban snaps losing streak to uphold Doomben 10,000 reputation   Leave a comment

Boban snaps losing streak to uphold Doomben 10,000 reputation

Jockey Glyn Schofield pushes the Chris Waller-trained Boban ti the lead in the Doomben 10

Jockey Glyn Schofield pushes the Chris Waller-trained Boban ti the lead in the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Jono Searle. Source: News Corp Australia

By finding winning form again on Saturday after a 12-month lapse, Boban did much to uphold the reputation of the $758,500 Doomben 10,000 as a legitimate Group I sprint.

Along with Temple Of Boom and New Zealand visitor Sacred Star, Boban was one of three Group I winners among 16 contenders — the majority worthy of a Group III rating, a handful at Group II level at best.

But due to his long run of outs, even triple Group I winner Boban was dismissed as a $17 chance in the market. Boban’s three Group Is had all been at 1600 metres, placing something of a question on his suitability to the 1350m of the Doomben 10,000 and how the short straight would play to his trademark whirlwind finish.

But trainer Chris Waller, in freshening up the out-of-form five-year-old gelding for this challenge, remembered Boban having won a Listed race over the Doomben 10,000 course and distance as a two-year-old.

Boban struck peak form in the spring of 2013 when he made the Group I Emirates Stakes at Flemington his sixth consecutive win — the sequence having included the Group I Epsom Handicap at Randwick.

He returned in the autumn of 2014 to add the Group I Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm but he was out of a place in his next nine starts, ending with a 14th of 15 in Contributer’s Chipping Norton Stakes in March.

But it was like old times for Boban at Doomben on Saturday, loitering out the back early as a fast pace was being set up front.

He found the right gap at the top of the straight before surging home to win in a three-way finish with fellow back-markers Charlie Boy and Generalife.

This was Boban’s 10th win in 31 starts, his lifetime earnings climbing to $2,148,663 which is a handsome return on his $100,000 cost as a 2011 Magic Millions yearling.

Boban is one of 10 Group I winners for the Darley Stud stallion Bernardini, a high-class son of US champion sire A.P. Indy, in turn by US triple crown winner Seattle Slew.

He is also one of six winning foals of the remarkable mare Kenbelle, now aged 22 and confirmed in foal to Spirit Of Boom, the Doomben 10,000 winner of 12 months ago.

Kenbelle’s six winners have, collectively, won 35 races in three countries. Boban is Kenbelle’s major performer — indeed, her only stakeswinner to date.

But her foal with the most wins is Smart Pirates, by Grand Lodge, which was exported to Japan where he won 12 minor races, all on dirt and at distances between 1400m-1600m. while earning the equivalent of $178,600 in prizemoney.

Kenbelle’s first foal Playing, a bay gelding by Danehill, won two races in Malaysia after three successes on Victorian tracks for trainer Peter Moody.

A bay mare of 1992, Kenbelle is by the excellent French racehorse and sire Kenmare from Gilt Kingdom, an unraced mare by Star Kingdom’s very fast son Tattenham.

She proved a classic triumph for the popular NSW south coast trainer Kevin Robinson when winning the 1996 Group I AJC Oaks (2400m), a vintage year with Eureka Jewel, Isolda and Arctic Scent the next three to finish.

Kenbelle began her breeding career with the Swettenham Stud, producing six foals in seven seasons to Danehill (three foals), Royal Academy, Grand Lodge, Danzero and Encosta de Lago, before being sold in foal to Tale Of The Cat when Swettenham dispersed in 2005.

Queensland breeder Tony Thomas gave $100,000 for Kenbelle to join a handful of mares on his Greendale Lodge at Westbrook, on the Darling Downs.

Kenbelle has been a traveller from Westbrook to the NSW Hunter Valley in every year since, and to stallion members of the Darley Stud.

She has been covered by Lonhro, Teofilo and Authorized, in three seasons by Sepoy’s sire Elusive Quality and in four seasons by Bernardini.

Greendale Lodge sold two yet unnamed brothers to Boban, one for $85,000 and another for $220,000. Kenbelle missed to Bernardini in 2013.

But according to breeder Thomas, Kenbelle was covered by Bernardini a total of seven times in 2013 and 2014 — coming up empty each time.

A veterinary reproduction specialist late last year found blockages to Kenbelle’s ovary duct tubes and corrected the problem through keyhole surgery.

Kenbelle had made the float trip to Darley Stud at fortnightly intervals but as surgery was done late in the year Thomas chose to book the mare to a more conveniently located stallion.

Greendale Lodge almost borders the Eureka Stud, home of the young Sequalo horse Spirit Of Boom. And Kenbelle, voted Queensland’s Broodmare of the Year for 2014, was welcomed there for a Boxing Day cover by the first-season sire.

Thomas is strongly considering sending Kenbelle this spring to Black Caviar’s sire Bel Espirit, the prolific winner-producer son of Royal Academy which Eliza Park is transferring from his original Kerrie base in Victoria to the stud’s Queensland’s arm.

Bernardini, presently in the US having stood 2015 at a fee of $US85,000 ($106,000), will be in the Darley shuttle this spring for his eighth Australian visit. His fee is set at $27,500 — down from $33,000 in 2014.

His newest star runner in the US is the filly Dame Dorothy who captured the Group I Humana Stakes (1400m) at the Kentucky Derby meeting at Churchill Downs early last month.

Boban brought Bernardini a stakes double at Doomben after Peace Force — with Boban in the stallion’s first Australian foal crop of 2009 — landed the Group III Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m).

Peace Force was foaled by the stakeswinning Marscay mare Marrego, dam of five times Group I winner Eremein, by the Woodman horse Timber Country who won the 1995 Group I Preakness Stakes — 11 years before Bernardini won the same race.

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Posted May 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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