Doomben Cup favourite Articus draws midfield barrier

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Favourite Articus is certain to get a good run after drawing barrier eight in the capacity field for the Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Articus, above, has drawn barrier 8 in the Doomben Cup at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Articus, above, has drawn barrier 8 in the Doomben Cup at Doomben. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

A field of sixteen plus two emergencies make up the final numbers for the Doomben Cup with Articus being one of three entrants for the Darren Weir stable, the others being Star Exhibit and Amelie’s Star.

Brenton Avdulla has secured the ride on Articus, taking over from Brad Rawiller who is riding the Goodwood favourite Black Heart Bart at Morphettville on Saturday.

Articus finally found some winning form for Rawiller last start with a one length win in the $100,000 Chairman’s Club Handicap (1800m) at Flemington on May 6.

Blake Shinn also takes over from Rawiller on Star Exhibit who drew barrier four while John Allen replaces Damian Lane on Amelie’s Star from barrier ten.

The Darren Beadman trained It’s Somewhat with English jockey James Doyle in the saddle has also drawn nicely at barrier six and will have no trouble finding a position in or near the lead from that gate.

It’s Somewhat is the winner of his last three starts which includes an all the way win two starts back in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 1 followed by another win from the front in the Group 2 $358,000 Attwood Marshall A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on May 6.

The Chris Waller trained Doomben Cup trio all drew double figure barriers with Vanbrugh (Glyn Schofield) the best at barrier twelve, McCreery (Kerrin McEvoy) at barrier fifteen and Preferment (Hugh Bowman) at seventeen.

Hollindale Stakes runner up Single Gaze has also drawn in the second half of the field at fourteen with regular rider Kathy O’Hara in the saddle again.

Local Doomben Cup hope Cylinder Beach will jump from next to Single Gaze at barrier thirteen for Jim Byrne who is looking to ride the Doomben Group 1 double after steering the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel to an all the way win in last Saturday’s Group 1 $700,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1200m).

The Gold Coast trained Rudy, with Tim Clark to ride, looks set to jump from the inside gate after the second emergency Auvray drew barrier one.

Final Field for the 2017 Doomben Cup (2000m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3x4313x111 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) Darren Beadman James Doyle 6 59kg 115
2 x4540x60x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 17 59kg 115
3 454x12x336 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 18 59kg 109
4 x549169x64 VANBRUGH Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 12 59kg 105
5 x4241211x1 STAR EXHIBIT Darren Weir Blake Shinn 4 59kg 102
6 1162×15649 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 15 59kg 107
7 90×1211717 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 13 59kg 105
8 14x6256x23 BENZINI Adrian & Harry Bull Kelly McCulloch 3 59kg 103
9 5159028×33 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Damian Browne 16 59kg 104
10 x277x41244 ASTRONOMOS (GB) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 11 59kg 100
11 18313×7092 EMPHASIS Richie Stephenson Ronnie Stewart 9 59kg 88
12 31215x0x01 ARTICUS (FR) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 8 59kg 106
13 x5474x3435 RUDY Helen Page Tim Clark 2 59kg 102
14 211Fx70312 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 14 57kg 109
15 46741×0903 JESSY BELLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Bobby El-Issa 5 57kg 99
16 421111×421 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir John Allen 10 57kg 102
17e 211x480x35 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Opie Bosson 7 59kg 98
18e 740x0080x5 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman 1 59kg 96

About The Author

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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