This Friday night, May 11th, Doomben racecourse will bring together Australia's best horses, jockeys and trainers for the official start of the Brisbane Racing Carnival. It will be a full-circle moment for Redzel as he returns to the G1 Doomben 10,000 – the main feature of the evening and the race that shot him to stardom last year.
Going into the sprint, which is set for 3:50 p.m. Brisbane time on Saturday, May 12th (1:50 a.m. EDT, or 10:50 p.m. PDT on Friday night), Redzel is again the top contender with oddsmakers favoring him at 3/2 against In Her Time – listed as 5/2 – and Impending at 10/1.
Run under weight-for-age conditions over six furlongs, the Doomben 10,000 has a well-earned reputation as the premier sprint in Queensland racing. There are three more graded races scheduled for the night: the G2 Champagne Classic, G3 BRC Chairman's Handicap, and the G3 Rough Habit Plate.
North American fans can watch every second of the Doomben 10,000, plus all the other Group races scheduled for the night, on TVG. Coverage will feature expert commentary from Sky Racing World's Jason Witham.
The Doomben 10,000 card marks the first of five consecutive race weekends, presented by the Brisbane Racing Carnival. Upcoming features include: the G1 Doomben Cup (May 18), the G1 Kingsford Smith Cup, formally known as the BTC Cup (May 25), the G1 Queensland Oaks (June 1) and the Stradbroke Handicap and Queensland Derby (June 8).
After overwhelming his rivals in last year's edition of the 10,000, Redzel rose to greater prominence by winning the inaugural run of The Everest, the richest turf race in the world. Despite establishing himself as Australia's leading sprinter, he was outpaced in the recent G1 TJ Smith Stakes, losing to Trapeze Artist.
Nonetheless, the five-year-old son of Snitzel has been defeated in just two of his past eight starts, and his trainers Peter and Paul Snowden report him to be in great shape for the 10,000.
“This is where it all started in terms of Group 1's and he hasn't looked back since,” Snowden said. “I don't think he is better than last year, but he definitely hasn't gone backwards.”
The Ben Smith-trained In Her Time came of age as a G1 winner in last year's The Galaxy, overcoming earlier struggles to claim a victory at that level. During her first trip to Queensland in 2017, she was shut out fifth to Redzel in the Doomben 10,000, followed by a second-place run behind Impending in the Stradbroke Handicap. She then earned a third-place finish in the Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick on day one of The Championships.
In Her Time has already been locked in for the 2018 The Everest, which her trainer hopes will bring them a degree more fortune and allow his mare to fulfil her potential.
“Trying to get a spot in that race (The Everest) definitely led to added pressure last year,” Smith said. “This year we don't have that…. It allows us to really focus on certain races.”
The Queenslanders will be cheering local hero Houtzen (14/1), who is looking to bounce back from her defeat in The Everest. Her trainer, Toby Edmonds, boasts an impressive 2017 season, having amassed 50 winners for the first time in a Brisbane metropolitan premiership. It was a milestone he reached around the same time that Jeff Lloyd, jockey of Doomben 10,000 runner Supido, celebrated matching Queensland Hall of Fame rider Chris Munce's record of 103 metro wins in a season.
US handicappers can live-stream and wager on all the Australian racing action Friday night from Doomben (AUS-A), Kembla Grange (AUS-B) and Scone (AUS-C) with leading ADWs such as TVG, TwinSpires, Xpressbet, NYRA Bets, WatchandWager, HPIbet, AmWager, and BetAmerica. All standard USA bet types are available and fans can also pick up Past Performances and Expert Picks for free at Sky Racing World.
About David Haslett
A former Managing Director of Sportech Racing, David was appointed President and CEO of Sky Racing World in April 2014. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company, a subsidiary of Australian wagering firm Tabcorp, provides Australian, New Zealand, South African and South American racing content for simulcast horse-race wagering to multiple North America-facing ADW brands and race-tracks.
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