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Defending champion Redzel has drawn midfield at barrier six in Saturday’s Group 1 $700,000 Kirin Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Doomben.

Redzel,above, has drawn barrier six in the 2018 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Redzel,above, has drawn barrier six in the 2018 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

A final field of fourteen has been declared for the weight for age sprint and Redzel with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle again will have no problem taking up his customary forward position from barrier six.

“I’m very happy with his draw and he’s as good if not a bit better than last year,” Peter Snowden told Racing Queensland News Desk.

“He only just got beaten in the T J Smith and he’s been racing in much stronger company than last year when he was still going through the grades.”

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel has taken all before him since winning the 2017 Doomben 10,000 with a win in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick during the 2017 Sydney Spring Carnival followed by a win in the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the final day of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Redzel had a light 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival and comes to Brisbane on the back of a second to Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on day one of The Championships.

The speedy Houtzen has drawn the extreme outside barrier and new rider Regan Bayliss will more than likely have to push forward from the wide gate and take up her regular spot in front.

Houtzen and Redzel shared the lead when they met in the 2017 The Everest and that is shaping up as a likely scenario again.

The James Cummings trained Impending has drawn a little awkwardly at barrier nine and jockey Damian Browne will be looking for some early luck to try to slot in behind the leading division and get some nice cover in the middle stages.

Impending won last year’s  Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben and will take a lot of benefit from his first up win in the Group 2 $200,000 Hiflow Industries Victory Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on April 28.

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown will also being looking for some early cover on Galaxy winner In Her Time who has drawn next to Impending and will jump from gate eight.

The Ben Smith trained In Her Time broke through for her initial Group 1 win in the $700,000 The PFD Food Services Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival and then finished third in the T J Smith Stakes.

The locals will be pinning their hopes on the Tony Gollan trained Most Important who will jump from gate five with Jim Byrne in the saddle.

Byrne has stuck with Most Important after they combined for a first up second to Impending in the Victory Stakes and the I Am Invincible five year old will take a lot of benefit out of that run.

Final field for 2018 Doomben 10,000 (1200m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x1111x212 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.5kg 119
2 43341x23x1 IMPENDING James Cummings Damian Browne 9 58.5kg 111
3 02x250x742 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 13 58.5kg 116
4 2211x1112x CARE TO THINK Matthew Dunn Jeff Lloyd 12 58.5kg 105
5 0x641241x2 MOST IMPORTANT Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 5 58.5kg 106
6 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 10 58.5kg 106
7 411x1170x4 MONSIEUR GUSTAVE Darryl Hansen Tiffani Brooker 4 58.5kg 104
8 115330×371 BURNING PASSION Mark Newnham Michael Cahill 7 58.5kg 104
9 06x13x1402 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 3 58.5kg 107
10 5x6001056x LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 1 58.5kg 112
11 70600×8555 THE MISSION Paul Perry James Orman 11 57kg 98
12 523x112x13 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 8 56.5kg 115
13 6x4269x526 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2 56.5kg 111
14 5x3179x316 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Regan Bayliss 14 55kg 99

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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.