Favourites Must Overcome Wide Draws

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Rebel Dane is a leading chance in Saturday's Doomben 10,000. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au

Queensland champion Buffering  has regained favouritism for Saturday’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 despite drawing gate 8 in a field of 11.

Trained by Rob Heathcote, 'Buff' is the only multiple Group 1 winner in the field, although Rebel Dane , Temple Of Boom , Spirit Of Boom , Driefontein  and Famous Seamus  have all enjoyed success at the elite level. A bridesmaid for so long at Group 1, Buffering not only broke his duck last year, but quickly registered three victories in elite company. But many are questioning whether the trip to Perth last campaign and a run on a bog track early this time in have flattened the six-year-old, winner of $4.2m in prizemoney. With 15 wins and 16 placings from from 41 lifetime starts, Buffering is all heart. Even though he's been in the placings twice in this race, the son of Mossman has never won past 1200m.

Many believe Gary Portelli's Rebel Dane is a potential sprinting star. After seeing Buffering's rump in the Manikato Stakes and VRC Sprint, the four-year-old entire indicated the tide may have turned, beating the Buff (3rd) home when runner-up in the TJ Smith last month. If you can forgive his last start effort when fifth behind Hana's Goal in the All Aged Stakes, this winner of six races and $1.2m in stakes is a top chance, especially if the track is dry.     

Between them, Tony Gollan's 'Boom' horses have had 99 race starts. Spirit Of Boom jumps from barrier two and Temple Of Boom gate four. Surprise winner of the Group 1 BTC Cup, Famous Seamus, has admirers, while Darley sprinter, Knoydart , has been somewhat forgotten and is a knock-out hope.

Fifteen youngsters will line up in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes – a Group 2 for two-year-olds over the same distance as the 10,000 (1350m). Champion Sydney trainer, Chris Waller, saddles up last start impressive Champagne Classic winner Brazen Beau . Victorian visitor Pressing , from the Mick Price stables, is unbeaten in two starts and will be ridden by Damien Oliver. Tony Gollan’s Looks Like The Cat  appears the best of the locals after finishing second to Brazen Beau.

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