Buffering, Better Than Ready, Spirit Of Boom, Punch On.
They are the four local horses charged with the difficult task of bringing Doomben 10,000 glory back to Queensland.
Not since Falvelon claimed his second Doomben 10,000 win in 2003 has a locally-trained horse taken out the Brisbane feature sprint.
The task is certainly a tough one this weekend, with stunning BTC Cup winner Your Song returning alongside fellow southern raiders Rain Affair and Epaulette
Heading Saturday’s charge for the locals is Buffering who will be out to turn around his form after a luckless run in the BTC Cup.
The five-year-old battled on gamely for fourth after bombing the start and struggling to get through the heavy ground. But first Buffering will have to overcome a tricky barrier 12 draw, one spot inside fellow Brisbane sprinter Spirit Of Boom.
Tony Gollan again received no luck at the draw with his stable star who jumped from the outside before finishing fifth in the BTC Cup.
The future stallion prospect faces a similarly tough ask from barrier 13 this weekend and Gollan will be hoping the rain stays away for his dry-track specialist.
Drawing far better than his more experienced rivals was three-year-old colt Better Than Ready who will jump from the inside.
The exciting youngster is coming off a BTC Cup third and trainer Kelly Schweida is confident he can improve with a more favourable barrier draw on the way to his major goal of the Stradbroke Handicap.
“From where he’s drawn this time he should be able to settle a bit handier and even though this is a stronger race there looks good speed which suits us,” Schweida told AAP.
Queensland’s fourth runner, Punch On, is an $81 roughie who was last seen running third in the Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast on May 4.