This Saturday Doomben Racecourse will come alive with the excitement of Racefest, kick starting the coveted Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
An elite day of group racing and live entertainment is planned, with one of the feature events being the $125,000 Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m).
This year the 2010 Mitty’s Rough Habit Plate has attracted 16 three-year-olds, plus one emergency, with a number of the early favourites having their chances hampered with wide barrier draws.
The two highest placed horses backing up from the Group 3 Gunsynd Doomben Classic (1600m) on May 1 have all drawn poorly, including the winner Sanderson.
Trained by Gold Coast-based mentor Kelly Doughty, the Iglesia gelding was impressive last start but has a lot of work to do on Saturday starting from barrier twelve.
Third placegetter in the Gunsynd, Brave The Way, has also drawn wide, the consistent Alan Bailey-trained gelding jumping from barrier 14.
Coming up trumps in the barrier draw was the ninth placegetter from the Gunsynd, the Les Kelly-trained Santo De Lago on the rails with gate one.
There are a number of quality last start winners hoping to maintain their form in the Rough Habit including local Dane Shadow gelding Gunner Knox (barrier five) to be ridden by Blake Shinn, and the Peter Moody-trained duo of Arvan (barrier three) and Tee Emar (barrier seven).
Also worth keeping an eye on is the promising Blueys Way, the Tim Martin-trained Gailileo gelding having won three of his four career starts, drawn in barrier six for Saturday.
You can catch all of these great three-year-olds in action at 3:05pm at Doomben on Saturday as the Rough Habit Plate runs as race six.
Two other Group features are programmed on the day, with the $100,000 Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2020m) taking place as race five, before the scheduled highlight, the prestigious $400,000 Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) runs as race seven.
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2010 Mitty’s Rough Habit Plate Final Field & Barrier Draw:
|Kelly Doughty||Jason Holder||12||56|
|Gregory Hickman||Larry Cassidy||16||56|
|Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||7||56|
|Tim Martin||Tye Angland||6||56|
BREAK THE ICE
|Peter Balzen||Scott Seamer||4||56|
|Peter G Moody||Jim Byrne||3||56|
|Mark F Webb||Anthony Pattillo||2||56|
|Mark F Webb||Damian Browne||9||56|
|Michael Moroney||Stathi Katsidis||17||56|
|John Bary||Jonathan Riddell||8||56|
|Matt Kropp||Jason Taylor||15||56|
BRAVE THE WAY
|Alan Bailey||Shane Scriven||14||56|
|Lawrie Mayfield-Smith||Blake Shinn||5||56|
|Doug Duryea||Chris Munce||10||56|
SANTO DE LAGO
|Les Kelly||Justin P Stanley||1||56|
FACE THE FRONT
|Bevan & Richard Laming||Michael Cahill||13||56|
FREE TO ROAM
|John P Thompson||–||11||54|