The 2011 Doomben Cup final field is certainly worthy of Group 1 status with a host of big names on hand for the staying test over 2020m.
In some ways it’s probably good that just 10 acceptors have been fielded a it ensures every horse will gets its chance to shoot for victory and punters have plenty of value without being overrun with options.
My Kingdom Of Fife comes into the race as the major player with three wins on the trot since arriving in Australia for Chris Waller.
His first came at 150 to 1, his second at 13 to 1 and his last at around 3 to 1 but yet again he won’t be too short given the quality he’s up against.
Glass Harmonium is probably the big unknown after arriving in Australia himself just a few weeks ago.
His first run was against My Kingdom Of Fife in the Hollindale Stakes and while he ran second, he would have improved after the run and will be a big player at Doomben this Saturday.
Also in that race was Scenic Shot which ran third after winning on debut in Brisbane the start previous.
He loves running at Doomben and from barrier two he’ll get a perfect run onto the straight and you can expect him to be moving quickly off the turn.
Also in the field is both Shoot Out and Shoot Off, a tough one for the caller and even for punters.
We all know Shoot Out has the quality in him but he just hasn’t produced it so far this campaign.
Having said that he’s been running much shorter trips so the 2000m may finally run him into form.
Shoot Off however has shown less overall but in his last two has gone bang bang.
Two good wins in a row and looks i tremendous shape coming into this one.
Also in the field is the warhorse Zavite which will roll forward form gate six and say catch me if you can.
He won as an 100 to 1 chance in Sydney so never write him off, especially with a short straight he may have another Group 1 in him yet.
Kiwi horse The Hombre comes over for John Bary and has had plenty of success in Brisbane before.
He’s placed in all three runs this prep so he’s another to consider at quite hefty odds.
Triple Honour is another which isn’t new to Brisbane and as Chris Waller’s second horse could really fire on race day. Forget the last two runs, Waller will have him ready and he’ll be in the mix at some point.
Vision And Power is also there for Jo Pride and may have a little bit left in those legs yet after running third behind Shootoff last start.
He’ll need to lift a gear but if he can get back to somewhere near his best lookout in the closing stages.
The final horse is Shadows In The Sun which is come right back into the race after drawing gate one and winning last start.
Also with only 55.5kg this horse won’t be the favourite but Tim Clark can certainly find a winner in 2011.
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2011 Doomben Cup Final Field
|1||36X7574413||SCENIC SHOT||Daniel Morton||Shane Scriven||2||59kg|
|2||64070X0189||ZAVITE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Chris Munce||6||59kg|
|3||230064X396||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Chris Waller||Larry Cassidy||7||59kg|
|4||370X005753||VISION AND POWER (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Jim Cassidy||9||59kg|
|5||333440X955||SHOOT OUT||John Wallace||Corey Brown||3||59kg|
|6||753566X111||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||Dwayne Dunn||5||59kg|
|7||2X136X60X2||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Hugh Bowman||4||59kg|
|8||X85050X223||THE HOMBRE||John Bary||Jonathan Riddell||10||59kg|
|9||19X8054361||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||Tim Clark||1||55.5kg|
|10||59X6490311||SHOOTOFF (NZ)||Graeme Rogerson||Michael Rodd||8||55.5kg|