Kiwi outsider The Bostonian produced an upset win in the Group 1 $800,000 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben today.
The Tony Pike trained The Bostonian ($41) continued his love affair with Queensland to make it four wins from four starts here after scoring a hat trick of wins as a three year during the 2018 Winter Carnival.
Gold Coast based jockey Michael Cahill was aboard The Bostonion for his 2018 wins and produced another winning ride on the four year old to take the first Group 1 feature of this year’s Winter Carnival.
The moment the thirteen horse field left the starting gates, an upset victory was on the cards with the short priced favourite and likely leader Nature Strip ($2.30) missing the start.
James McDonald was then caught wide on Natural Strip, while the second favourite, Osborne Bulls ($2.90), settled at the tail of the field.
As McDonald let Nature Strip stride up outside the leaders on the home turn, Kerrin McEvoy was starting his run from the back on Osborne Bulls and while this was happening, Cahill was saving ground amongst the field, waiting for a split for The Bostonian.
Cahill went back to the inside of Dollar For Dollar ($41) who had dashed to the front and was able to hold out the fast finishing Osborne Bulls, who made it five Group 1 seconds in a row.
Dollar For Dollar held on for third while Nature Strip was brave to fill fourth spot.
“My horse began well and I expected to be in the first four or five and he was there in that position travelling quite strongly and I just needed a bit of an opening to come his way, which it did eventually,” Cahill said.
“He is very powerful to the line. He is a really good horse and I had good success on him here last Winter, he was unbeaten through the Queensland Carnival.”
“He went back to New Zealand and raced well in their big sprints and he really showed what he can do today.”
The Bostonian will now head to Eagle Farm for the Group 1 $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) on May 25 and Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 8.