The Chris Waller-trained Metal Bender has emerged as the clear pre-race favourite for this Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2020m) at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse.
Currently paying $2.90 at Ladbrokes.com.au Metal Bender, a four-year-old Danasinga gelding, was super impressive last start over 1800m when he held off Road To Rock to secure victory in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes, the traditional preparatory run for the Doomben Cup.
On Saturday Metal Bender, due to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, will jump mid-field from barrier seven in the 13 horse field as they attempt back-to-back black type success.
Having their swansong race before heading to stud, dual Group 1 winner Road To Rock is also backing up in the Doomben Cup, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes champion drawn wide in barrier 10.
A Damien Oliver mount, the Anthony Cummings-trained Road To Rock is the second favourite for Saturday at $4 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Following closely in the betting markets at $6.50 is Hollindale Stakes third placegetter, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Gold Water. Also drawn wide with barrier 11, the four-year-old Choisir mare has been in good form of late, finishing in the top three at her last few starts.
Gold Water is one of five mares running in the Doomben Cup this year. Others include Kiwi raider Ekstreme, Bite The Bullet mare Pagan Princess, and the Gerald Ryan-trained Ready To Lift.
With possible showers affecting the conditions of the Doomben track for Saturday, the Bryce Revell-trained Ekstreme, currently a $34 chance with Ladbrokes.com.au, will have her prospects boosted as she favours a soft track, as does fellow New Zealand galloper Sir Time Keeper.
At the moment Sir Time Keeper, drawn ideally in barrier two, occupies the fourth line of betting in the Doomben Cup paying $8.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Likely to explode from the gates and lead early on, Sir Time Keeper will also be joined on the field by stablemate Sir Slick jumping from the far outside barrier 13.
The latest Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival meeting is a cracker, featuring an elite line-up of seven Group races. Aside from the Doomben Cup at 3:30pm, other top races set to light up the track include the $150,000 Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m), the $175,000 Group 3 Doomben Roses (2020m) and the $125,000 Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m).
Previews detailing the final field and barriers for all of these great races can be found on the news section of this site, and don’t forget to check out the odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Final Field & Barrier Draw for 2010 Doomben Cup:
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
|Joseph Pride||Jim Cassidy||3||59|
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Larry Cassidy||1||59|
SIR SLICK (NZ)
|Graeme Nicholson||Samantha Collett||13||59|
ROAD TO ROCK
|Anthony Cummings||Damien Oliver||10||59|
|Paul Perry||Michael Rodd||6||59|
METAL BENDER (NZ)
|Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||7||59|
DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)
|Lee Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||8||59|
|Bart Cummings||Michael Cahill||12||57|
|Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||11||57|
READY TO LIFT
|Gerald Ryan||Jim Byrne||4||57|
|Bryce Revell||Jason Waddell||9||57|
|Grahame Begg||Blake Shinn||5||57|
SIR TIME KEEPER (NZ)
|Graeme Nicholson||Chris Munce||2||55.5|