Doomben 10,000 Moved up to 13 May
In a switch that saw the BTC Cup renamed the Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup and shifted to the end of May, the Doomben 10,000 has been moved to 13 May to accommodate the change. Both races are likely to attract a strong field of sprinters, but the rescheduling means that the Doomben 10,000 is now the first major Group 1 sprint in the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
There have been other changes as well. The Kingsford-Smith has been lengthened by 100m to 1300m, moved from Doomben Racecourse to Eagle Farm, and seen its purse increase to $700,000. The Doomben 10,000 remains at its eponymous venue, but the Group 1 weight-for-age race has been reduced from 1350m to 1200m, and also carries a $700,000 purse.
The original list of 40+ nominees will be substantially reduced by the time the final field is announced, but Australian betting enthusiasts can still expect several top sprinters fighting it out on the final card. The 10,000 generally has a fairly large field anyway, and Doomben’s tight turns make a horse’s barrier draw significant, so the odds may change again once that draw is announced. At present, however, there are two stand-outs in the ante-post betting.
Russian Revolution Against Black Heart Bart
Russian Revolution, a 3-year-old colt trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, is the $3.80 ante-post favourite for the 10,000. He has been developing a fine reputation as a sprinter since his winning debut in the Schweppes Maiden Handicap at Canterbury in June last year, and his career record sits at an impressive 7: 5-0-0.
Hot on his heels is Black Heart Bart at $4.50. The 6-year-old gelding has an equally impressive record of 39: 16-12-2, and he comes to the 10,000 fresh from two consecutive Group 1 victories at Caulfield, both over 1400m: the CF Orr Stakes and the Futurity Stakes.
The 2016 Doomben 10,000 was won by 5-year-old gelding Music Magnate, and he is back this year seeking a double. Bookies are offering him at $7.00. Fell Swoop, another 5-year-old gelding, is being offered at the same price, coming off a third place in Randwick’s TJ Smith Stakes last month. Redzel and Voodoo Lad, both at $9.00, are the only other horses being offered at less than $10.00.