Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller has declared that Delectation is ready to win the Group 1 $750,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Delectation will be having his second Brisbane Winter Carnival start and Waller can see new jockey James McDonald taking full advantage of an inside barrier and a slick speed up front which will give the four year old every opportunity to finish over the top of his rivals.
“I think he will be smoking his pipe, relaxed at the 600m mark. He is ready to win,” Waller said.
“He has ability and needs to switch off and settle.”
“Barrier two is definitely going to help him. There will be pace on, it’s a similar field to what it was two weeks ago.”
“The likes of Two Blue, she will roll along and there are a couple of others there that go forward.”
“Hopefully the 1200m race last start will just take the edge off of him slightly.
McDonald is replacing Jason Collett who was aboard Delectation last start when he came from last on the home turn to finish eighth, after running into a dead end in the straight, to Malaguerra in the Group 1 $500,000 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 14.
The speedy Two Blue set the pace in the BTC Cup before finishing fourth and the Wyong trained mare is certain to take up her familiar roll in front again from barrier nine with regular rider Paul King in the saddle again.
The Bjorn Baker trained Music Magnate has shown plenty of early pace at his last two starts which resulted with a win in the Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 16 and a second in the Listed $140,000 Yarraman Park – Horsepower Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Scone on May 14.
McDonald is no stranger to Delectation and the pair combined to beat the world’s highest rated sprinter Chautauqua when he won the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the 2015 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Delectation is very prominent in the market order for the Doomben 10000 and is on the third line of betting at $5.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Ciaron Maher trained Azkadellia is the short priced favourite at $2.80 ahead of Zac Purton’s mount Fell Swoop at $5.
Also under double figures are Music Magnate and Team Snowden’s Dothraki who are both marked at $7.
Doomben 10000 market order at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.80 Azkadellia, $5 Fell Swoop, $5.50 Delectation, $7 Music Magnate, Dothraki, $17 Charlie Boy, $21 Two Blue, $26 Scarlet Billows, Hooked, $34 Divine Centuri.