Azkadellia draws outside barrier in 10 horse Doomben 10,000

Short priced favourite Azkadellia has drawn the outside barrier in the ten horse field for the Group 1 $750,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Azkadellia has drawn the outside barrier in the 10 horse Doomben 10000 field at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Azkadellia has drawn the outside barrier in the 10 horse Doomben 10000 field at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Azkadellia wrapped up her Doomben 10000 preparation with a solid gallop on the Doomben course proper on Tuesday morning and trainer Ciaron Maher was happy with her work out.

‘‘She worked well,” Maher told The Courier-Mail.

Mark Zahra will be the fourth jockey in as many starts to ride Azkadellia who will be having her first run since winning the Group 1 $1m The Coolmore Legacy Stakes (Queen Of The Turf Stakes) (1600m) at Randwick on the second day of ‘The Championships’ on April 9.

But Maher has kept the Shinko King mare up to the mark with a slick barrier trial win on the newly reconstructed Eagle Farm course proper last Thursday.

The Peter and Paul Snowden training team will have two runners in the Doomben 10000 with Charlie Boy faring the best at the barrier draw, coming up with gate four, while Dothraki has drawn two to his outside at six.

Dothraki was narrowly beaten last start when a nose second to Malaguerra in the Group 1 $500,000 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 14 while Charlie Boy will appreciate the step up in distance to the 1350m after finishing twelfth in the BTC Cup.

Chris Waller will saddle up Delectation who has drawn nicely at barrier two with James McDonald taking over from Jason Collett who rode the four year old into eighth place in the BTC Cup.

McDonald was aboard Delectation when the pair combined to win the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the 2015 Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The Matthew Dale trained Fell Swoop finished just behind the placegetters when fifth in the BTC Cup and the Canberra sprinter has drawn the pole position with Zac Purton taking over the reins from Jay Ford.

Trainer John Thompson has prepared Hooked for a first up assault for the weight for age Doomben 10000 and has drawn barrier three with Brisbane’s leading jockey Jim Byrne to ride.

Doomben Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy has stuck with Music Magnate who will jump from gate seven while the speedy Two Blue has drawn out wide at barrier nine with Paul King to ride.

Five year old mare Scarlet Billows will represent the Darren Weir stable with Brad Rawiller in the saddle from barrier five and Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick has set his three year old filly Divine Centuri (barrier 8) a huge task to take on the older horses in the weight for age Doomben 10000.

Doomben 10000 market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.90 Azkadellia, $5.50 Delectation, Fell Swoop, $6.50 Dothraki, Music Magnate, $15 Charlie Boy, $21 Scarlet Billows, $26 Two Blue, Hooked, $31 Divine Centuri.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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