Doomben 10,000 and SA Derby Offer Exciting Fields for Saturday

Two prestigious Group 1 races will jump this weekend and with the 2017 – 2018 thoroughbred season winding down, punters and racing fans will have to pay attention to the Doomben 10,000 in Queensland and the SA Derby at Morphettville.

The race at Doomben is for the sprinters of all ages and the SA Derby is for the staying types, provided they are three years of age.

Redzel won the Doomben 10,000 last year and further solidified his reputation by going on to win The Everest in October of 2017. Redzel is in the field again to defend, but the jockey who was engaged to ride him, Kerrin McEvoy, has been grounded by the stewards for failing to ride up to their expectations during a Wednesday ride at Warwick Farm.

McEvoy was on the favourite, Galina, for a maiden plate. The pair ran fourth, but the horse was not to blame, according to acting chief steward Troy Vassallo, who told McEvoy, “Your actions compromised your finishing position.” McEvoy entered a plea of guilty to the charge.

Things get a bit confusing here. McEvoy has received a nine-day suspension, but our sources report that it does not start until May 17, five days after this weekend’s Doomben 10,000.

In our book, that would seem to leave McEvoy free to ride Saturday.

In Adelaide, the South Australian Derby will field 20 horses, which always makes for difficult tipping, but Leicester, under Damian Lane, is on the first line at $3.70 after having opened at $4.20. Darren Weir’s bay gelding is stepping up in distance and won his last race in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes under Lane and it would not seem as though the extra distance would present any major issues and they have drawn ideally, coming from the ninth barrier.

High ‘N’ Dry ran second to Leicester in the Chairman’s and is on the second line at $6, but the son of High Chaparral will have to make up ground after drawing the 18th barrier.

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