The 2015 Doomben 10,000 field has been released and a capacity field of 16 sprinters are set to contest the Group 1 event at Doomben on Saturday.
BTC Cup winner Hot Snitzel has not been included in the Doomben 10,000 field, but the Group 1 sprint is still set to be the key form reference for the Doomben 10,000 after Temple Of Boom (barrier 17), Fontelina (barrier 13), Knoydart (barrier 15), Big Money (barrier nine), Our Boy Malachi (barrier 12), Srikandi (barrier five), Scissor Kick (barrier 11) and Bring Me The Maid (barrier two) were all included in the entries.
Srikandi missed the start in the BTC Cup and could finish no better than eighth, but punters are confident that the talented mare can return to winning form in the Doomben 10,000 this weekend and she is currently on top of betting markets for the $750,000 event.
Another race that will be a key form reference for the Doomben 10,000 is the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) as winner Charlie Boy and runner-up Rock Sturdy are both set to make the jump up to Group 1 level on Saturday.
Charlie Boy produced the best performance of his career to date to take out the BRC Sprint, but Rock Sturdy did not have a great deal of luck in running and trainer Joe Pride is confident that the son of Fastnet Rock can turn-the-tables on his rival in the Doomben 10,000.
Chris Waller has included both Boban and Flamingo Star in the 2015 Doomben 10,000 field and they are arguably two of the most interesting runners in the entries for the Group 1 race.
Boban has not been seen at the races since he failed to fire in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on February 28, but he has been set for a first-up tilt in the Doomben 10,000 and he showed that he was ready for a return to racing when he won a barrier trial at Warwick Farm on May 11 in good style.
Flamingo Star is set to make his Australian racing debut in the Doomben 10,000 and he is bringing strong European form into the race after taking out the Group 3 Grand Prix Dusseldorf (1700m) on October 5 last year and the Group 3 Prix Perth (1600m) in France on October 30.
John O’Shea is another trainer that has multiple runners in the 2015 Doomben 10,000 field and he is hopeful that either Knoydart or Generalife will be able to return to winning form in the Group 1 event.
Knoydart has not recorded a race win since he took out the Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) at Mornington in February last year, but he stamped himself as a genuine Doomben 10,000 contender with a fast-finishing second in the BTC Cup, while Generalife was far from disgraced when he finished fifth behind Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 18.
Sacred Star missed the BTC Cup due to a minor injury and was accidentally not include in the first acceptances for the Doomben 10,000, but connections paid the late entry free of $22,500 to get the talented sprinter into the field.
Neo failed to fire in the Listed Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Doomben on May 9, but will make his Australian Group 1 debut in the Doomben 10,000, while Time For War will back-up following his second place finish in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) at the Sunshine Coast on May 16.