This Saturday Doomben Racecourse is home to the latest meeting of the prestigious Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, and as part of the day’s proceedings a capacity field of two-year-olds will take to the track in the $150,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m).
Some exciting juveniles line-up in this year’s Champagne Classic including Rob Heathcote’s unbeaten runner Buffering.
A winner of all four of their race starts, the up-and-coming Mossman gelding is trained locally at Eagle Farm, with Heathcote out to prove this youngster is a future turf star.
Buffering has been blessed with a barrier two draw for Saturday and will be ridden by Larry Cassidy, who will attempt to give Heathcote his third Champagne Classic success. Heathcote previously won with Chenar in 2003 and also trained last year’s winner Funtantes.
The level of competition in the 2010 Champagne Stakes is top-class and some of Buffering’s biggest dangers will come from fellow Queenslanders who ran first and second in the $100,000 Listed Ken Russell Stakes (1200m) last start, Spirit Of Boom and Adebisi.
The Tony Gollan-trained Sequalo colt Spirit Of Boom is aiming for their fourth race victory from just six starts on Saturday starting from barrier 10, while Shovhog colt Adebisi has draw ideally with barrier one.
Another two top chances that quinelled a Listed race last start are Victorian fillies Broadway Harmony and Jesse’s Girl.
Coming off a win in the Dequetteville Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville, the Darren Weir-trained Statue Of Liberty filly Broadway Harmony has drawn barrier 19, while gifted Choisir filly Jesse’s Girl hasn’t fared much better with barrier 18.
Broadway Harmony and Jesse’s Girl are two of three two-year-olds ready to break into the history books on Saturday by becoming the first Victorian runner to win the Champagne Stakes; the third is the Lee Freedman-trained Smokin’ Joey.
Smokin’ Joey, an Encosta De Lago colt, coasted to victory on debut in the Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and is looking to maintain his unbeaten record when he jumps from barrier 11 on Saturday.
The $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) is the highlight event at the meeting on Saturday, where dual Group 1 winner Road To Rock will face off against the horse that beat him last start in the Hollindale Stakes, Metal Bender, when he has his swansong race before heading to stud duties.
The elite line-up of races scheduled for Kirks Doomben Cup day also includes the $175,000 Group 3 Doomben Roses (2020m), the $125,000 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) and the $150,000 Group 3 Moreton Stakes (1350m). Details of these other great races can be found on the news section of this site.
You can catch the two-year-olds in action in the Champagne Classic in race five on Saturday at 2:25pm and place a bet on your favourite runner at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2010 Bollinger Champagne Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw
|Robert Heathcote||Larry Cassidy||2||56|
SPIRIT OF BOOM
|Tony Gollan||Stathi Katsidis||10||56|
|Trevor Bailey||Daniel Griffin||16||56|
|Desleigh Forster||Shane Scriven||1||56|
|Murray Thompson||Michael Walker||7||56|
|Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||14||56|
|Lee Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||11||56|
|Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||9||56|
CHOSEN TO FLY
|Mick Mair||Michael Hughes||13||56|
|Barry Baldwin||Chris Munce||4||54|
|Darren Weir||Danny Nikolic||19||54|
|Peter Morgan||Blake Shinn||18||54|
|Kevin Moses||Tim Clark||20||54|
|Mark F Webb||Scott Seamer||8||54|
|Clarry Conners||Jim Byrne||3||54|
|Tony Crane||Michael Cahill||12||54|
|Gillian Heinrich||Michael Rodd||5||56|
|Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||6||56|
|Gillian Heinrich||Damian Browne||15||56|