Trainer Peter Snowden is expecting a vast improvement from Charlie Boy as he steps up to the 1350m of the Group 1 $750,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 at Doomben today.
Charlie Boy has been disappointing at his last two runs this campaign with a sixth in the Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 16 followed by a twelfth to Malaguerra in the Group 1 $500,000 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben a fortnight ago.
But Snowden, who trains in partnership with is son Paul, said that a sizzling gallop on Tuesday morning has buoyed his confidence leading into the weight for age feature sprint.
“I expect a big improvement from Charlie Boy today. He has really come on. This is more his distance, the 1350m,” Snowden told Sky Racing News.
“He has just been off his game for some reason, can’t pick it in his work and in his appearance.”
“Outstanding work on Tuesday and I just think the tempo of the race just suits him today.”
“It won’t surprise me to see him jump up out of the ground.”
Snowden anticipates a more even tempo in the Doomben 10,000 today and he can see Charlie Boy getting a nice run just worse than midfield and hitting the line hard.
“I think last start he was just a bit close, just out of his comfort zone. If he gets a three pair back run off of a steady tempo I do expect to see him run a lot better.”
Snowden also expects Dothraki to run another bold race after being narrowly beaten when second in BTC Cup, although he admits that the 1350m of the Doomben 10,000 might test him out.
“He is fine. I think 1350m is his maximum trip,” Snowden said.
“He is very effective fresh and short. He has done particularly well. The weather has been outstanding. He looks great.”
“His work was still very sharp on Tuesday and I expect him to run another bold race. I think 1350m just stretches him a tad
“It’s a big turnaround on what he (Charlie Boy) did last start. Dothraki, the thing about him is that he is very genuine and he never runs a bad race.”
Damian Browne has stuck with Charlie Boy who has drawn barrier four while Blake Shinn will be on Dothraki again from gate six.
Charlie Boy is listed as one of the outsiders in the Doomben 10,000 at $19 with Ladbrokes.com.au while Dothraki is marked as a $7.50 chance.
Doomben 10,000 market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3 Azkadellia, $4.50 Fell Swoop, $4.80 Delectation, $7.50 Dothraki, $8.50 Music Magnate, $13 Hooked, $19 Charlie Boy, $21 Scarlet Billows $26 Two Blue.