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Doomben Cup Runners - Runner-by-Runner guide for the Doomben Cup

Doomben Cup Runner-by-Runner guide

A full field of 16 will contest Saturday’s Group One Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben. Chris Waller looks to have a strong hand, with six runners. Here is our runner-by-runner guide. 

1. BIG DUKE (6) - Kris Lees, Sam Clipperton, 59kg 
He got too far back last start in the Sydney Cup, running his race from the 1200m to the 600m. He ran the third-fastest 1200m-1000m of the race, the fastest 1000m-800m and the fastest 800m-600m the punctured late. He has had 33 days between runs and is 3200m back to 2000m which doesn’t seem ideal.
Odds: $34.00 (Sportsbet)

2. LIFE LESS ORDINARY (10) - Chris Waller, Jason Collett, 59kg 
He ran a sneaky good eighth in a leader dominated Doncaster Mile two starts back then bolted in the Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on a Heavy 10 track in what was, a walk in the early stages. He should appreciate the step-up to 2000m and his last two runs at the distance have been close-up seconds behind Fierce Impact and Best Of Days. 
Odds: $7.50 (Beteasy)

3. MISTER SEA WOLF (3) - Chris Waller, Jeff Lloyd, 59kg 
He beat Abdon first-up at Rosehill before running second behind Life Less Ordinary in the Hollindale Stakes last start. He ran 16.9 lengths below benchmark to the 600m and came home 4.1 lengths above benchmark for an overall figure of 12.8 lengths below benchmark, which was the slowest rated race of the day.
Odds: $11.00 (Ladbrokes)

4. RED ALTO (5) - Brent Stanley, Luke Nolen, 59kg 
He finished last and the rider lost the irons last start in the Hollindale Stakes. He has started $81, $81, $21, $61 in 4 runs this prep, couldn't have.
Odds: $101.00 (Sportsbet)

5. ON THE ROCKS (4) - Michael Moroney, Jake Bayliss, 59kg 
I have no idea how the NZ formlines line-up in Australia. The booking of Jake Bayliss suggest he is probably not a winning hope.
Odds: $41.00 (Beteasy)

6. ARCHEDEMUS (17) - Gwenda Markwell, Corey Brown, 59kg 
He led and just kept kicking to defeat Tom Melbourne and Gem Song last start. He ran 5.6 lengths above benchmark to the 600m and 6.2 lengths above for the final 600m for a solid overall figure of 11.8 lengths above benchmark. He is a winner of 7 of his last 8, form can't be knocked. Will likely burn across to lead from barrier 17. 
Odds: $9.00 (Sportsbet)

7. PRIORITISE (14) - Steve Tregea, Michael Murphy, 59kg 
He started $11 in a listed race over 2100m at Gosford last preparation and ran last. He was first-up off a 107-day spell and started $26 in a listed race on the Gold Coast and ran ninth. He is now second-up, 1400m up to 2000m in a Group One and has had one 925m trial in between, very strange.
Odds: $101.00 (Bet365)

8. TALLY (16) - James Cummings, Tim Clark, 59kg 
He ran an even race first-up in the Hollindale Stakes, beaten five lengths. Second-up last preparation in ran in the Group One Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and ran eighth, beaten 5.4 lengths behind Winx in the Turnbull Stakes. That figure of 7.7 lengths above benchmark is his peak run in his last 10 starts.
Odds: $35.00 (Sportsbet

10. FIERCE IMPACT (12) - Matthew Smith, Michael Walker, 59kg 
He ran the fastest 600m-400m of the race two starts ago in the All Aged Stakes and savaged the line, beaten 2.2 lengths behind Pierata and Osborne Bulls. He went down in driving finish last start in the Scone Cup behind Special Missile. The 2000m will suit, as will the quick back-up. M.Walker on from barrier 12 is a negative.
Odds: $12.00 (Ladbrokes

11. SHILLELAGH (2) - Chris Waller, James McDonald, 57kg 
The Chris Waller-trained Shillelagh is now seventh-up and has been up since early February when she contested the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up. She was huge behind Harlem in the Australian Cup (2000m) on top of the ground. She struggled in the Ranvet on a heavy track and was good in the Doncaster Mile, hitting the line for fifth (beaten 3.5 lengths) in a race that favoured on speed runners. She then faced Winx and was beaten a long way but there is no shame in that. She has been given a 34-day freshen up and gets James McDonald on from barrier two, hard to beat. 
Odds: $7.00 (Sportsbet)

12. KENEDNA (9) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, John Allen, 57kg 
She ran a big race second-up in Sunlight Stakes behind Consensus and Spanish Reef. She sat back and ran the fastest last 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, 1000m and 1200m of the race, running eight-lengths above benchmark. John Allen found the gaps at the right time and she was good enough to win the Queen Of The Turf (1600m) defeating Dixie Blossoms. She was unsuited last start, on the heavy 10 in a walk in the Hollindale Stakes, she can bounce back and run well.
Odds: $12.00 (Beteasy)

13. YOUNGSTAR (11) - Chris Waller, Kerrin McEvoy, 57kg 
She was fair first-up in the All Aged Stakes and I thought she was sneaky good last start in the Hollindale Stakes, running fifth. She ran the fastest 600m-400m split of the race, then only the eighth-fastest 400m-200m before really hitting the line, running the second-fastest last 200m. The slow early speed didn’t help. Her last third-up run, she was beaten by a length behind Winx in the Group One Turnbull Stakes (2000m), My only concern is, does she have that platform to win?
Odds: $5.00 (Sportsbet)

14. SAVVY COUP (13) - Chris Waller, Mark Du Plessis, 57kg 
She has struggled since coming to Australia from New Zealand. Now with Chris Waller, she hasn’t finished closer than fifth in five starts. The 2000m will suit but does to K.McEvoy to M. Du Plessis is an obvious negative.
Odds: $51.00 (Ladbrokes

15. LUVALUVA (18) - John Sargent, Glen Boss, 57kg 
She was third in New Zealand Group One two starts ago, She ran 8th in the Hollindale Stakes but it was a forgive run, as it looked far too wet for her. G.Boss will have some decisions to make from barrier 18 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him push forward.
Odds: $31.00 (Sportsbet)

16. GEM SONG (8) - Kris Lees, Blake Shinn, 56.5kg
Although I don’t have him in single figure in my market, I can understand why the early market has found him. He is barrier one to barrier eight and R.Stewart to B.Shinn. He is on the seven-day back-up and comes through a high rating race that was 11.1 lengths above benchmark. In saying that, he beat a legless Group 3 field two starts ago  and really hasn't done much to suggest he should be so short in this race.
Odds: $6.00 (Bet365

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Doomben Cup Runners - Runner-by-Runner guide for the Doomben Cup

A full field of 16 will contest Saturday’s Group One Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben. Chris Waller looks to have a strong hand, with six runners. Here is our runner-by-runner guide.

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