The Hombre will attempt to walk in the successful footsteps of his stablemate Jimmy Choux when he takes to the track for the 2011 Doomben Cup this Saturday May 14, 2011.
The John Bary-trained New Zealander will have his first start in Australia since running in the Group 1 Queensland Derby during the 2010 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
While The Hombre had produced a win and a close second in the two races prior to the Derby, he finished a disappointing ninth in the $500,000 race.
Bary felt that the firm track did not suit the New Zealand horses.
“They were two good runs before the Derby,” Bary said.
“But on Derby day the track was very firm.
“Three other New Zealand horses broke down that day and my bloke is a big horse and jarred up in the Queensland Derby.”
Bary is confident that his horse has improved from where he was last year, but realises winning the 2011 Doomben Cup will be a hard task.
“He’s settled in well since he’s been there and one of my staff has been riding him work,” Bary said.
“He’s really matured now and he’s about 17 hands tall.
“He’ll be competitive but to win he’ll need to put it all together on the day.
“But I’m not scared about having a go.”
Jonathan Riddell, who is also Jimmy Choux’s regular jockey, will ride The Hombre in the 2011 Doomben Cup.
“Jon is going over early to ride him work on Tuesday morning, hopefully on the course proper,” Bary said.
The Doomben Cup will be The Hombre’s fourth start of his current preparation, one that has seen him finish in the placings on all three occasions against classy horse racing fields.
“He ran a big second at his first start back at Trentham,” Bary said.
“I was real pleased with that run as he had 59 kilos and had no trials.
“He then ran second on his home track at Hastings with another big weight before finishing third at Te Rapa last start.”
Bary feels that the 2,020 metres of the Doomben Cup will be perfectly suited to The Hombre.
“He drew wide (at Te Rapa) and I would have preferred it to be 2000 metres,” Bary said.
“He’s crying out for 2000 metres now.”
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2011 Doomben Cup Nominations
|1||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|2||CROSSTHESTART (NZ)||Bevan Laming|
|3||FIREBOLT (NZ)||Roger James|
|4||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney|
|5||HEART OF DREAMS||Mick Price|
|6||LEVI’S CHOICE||John P Thompson|
|7||MOMENT IN TIME||John P Thompson|
|8||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller|
|9||SAINT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson|
|10||SCENIC SHOT||Daniel Morton|
|11||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings|
|12||SHOOT OUT||John Wallace|
|13||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson|
|14||THE HOMBRE||John Bary|
|15||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|16||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney|
|17||VISION AND POWER (NZ)||Joseph Pride|
|18||ZAVITE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings|