Doomben Cup and Darley Goodwood Group 1s this Weekend

The meeting at Doomben racecourse this weekend is the prelude to Doomben’s big meeting at the end of the month. Punters who come out for the Group 1s will have the Doomben Cup, a 2,000-metre weight-for-age for the middle distance gallopers that would be won by Winx were she in the field.

She is not, however, something that is sure to make all the other trainers breathe a sigh of relief.

If there were a betting market for trainers in the 2018 Group 1 Doomben Cup, however, Chris Waller would have to be the one to select, as he will field six of the 13 runners, something that has some floating the idea that trainers should be limited to a maximum of two horses per race.

Limit Waller to two for the Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup, however, and the field instantly shrinks to nine.

Waller will have Comin’ Through, Tom Melbourne, One Foot In Heaven, Satono Rasen, Life Less Ordinary and Egg Tart in the race.

Satono Rosen seems to be Waller’s best chance, a $5.50 one according to Ladbrokes. Comin’ Through, Egg Tart and Tom Melbourne are equal-priced at $10. Life Less Ordinary is a dollar back at $11 and One Foot In Heaven is on the second to last line at $41, ahead of only the $81 quote of Violate.

Ambitious at $4.40 and Oregon’s Day at $4.80 are the top two favourites in a race that is seldom kind to favourites.

Some horses carrying long prices have won in the past.

Much the same can be said of Morphettville’s Group 1 offering on the weekend, the Group 1 Darley Goodwood Sprint (1200 m), where over the past six years, when the race was changed from handicap to set weights and penalty conditions, the average dividend paid by the winner is $21.

Saturday’s Goodwood has Vega Magic as the $2.80 favourite; a short price considering 20 horses will jump.

Waller will not be represented in that one. Too busy perhaps, getting to Sydney on time for a Hall of Fame induction fete.

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