Music Magnate Chases Rare Doomben 10,000 Double
, which is a prime criterion in assessing those careers, far exceeds that of racehorses.Even in Australia, where thoroughbreds of six and seven years of age are not unheard of, the sort of longevity in athletic careers of humans
The true legends of all the footy codes have careers of 10 – 20 years, although 20 is a seldom-encountered extreme, so forgive us for splitting the difference and saying 15 years, then.
Where longevity is concerned in thoroughbreds, winning an event thrice consecutively is rare, winning consistently at the top levels over a period of years is equally so.
This is where, in our opinion, weight-for-age racing conditions take on so much appeal, offering the opportunity to judge a thoroughbred over a span of time.
One of the premier Group 1 weight-for-age races, the Doomben 10,000 jumps this weekend in Brisbane as part of the Doomben winter carnival.
The race made its debut in 1933, but it required until 1969-70 for Black Onyx to become the first two-time winner. Two decades would elapse before Prince Trialia won in 1990-91. Falvelon was next in 2001-02. Apache Cat was the last double winner in 2008-09.
No horse has won the Doomben 10,000 three times.
Last year’s winner, Music Magnate, will chase a double in 2017’s race. The five-year-old gelding is currently quoted second favourite at $6.50, having drawn well at the seventh slot, where he can keep a close eye on favourite Russian Revolution, priced at $3.20.