Stubborn as a Bull Osborne Bulls Second Favourite in Doomben 10,000

At various junctures, we have live in what could be described as one-horse towns.

It was quite idyllic, but we did have to walk everywhere we went.

If we ever have the opportunity to leave the big CBD behind again, we will go in a heartbeat, but we will take a horse with us, start the urban sprawl and make everyone refer to the little place as a two-horse town.

That little anecdote encapsulates this weekend’s Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane.

Outside of the favourite Nature Strip (1.90 Ladbrokes) and Osbourne Bulls ($3.40), there do not seem to be any in the field of 13 that has truly great prospects in Doomben’s premier race.

We find ourselves wondering how many time Osborne Bulls can finish second in a Group 1 race.

Pierata edged him in the All Aged Stakes by half a body. Santa Ana Lane beat him soundly in the T J Smith Stakes. It was Sunlight in the Newmarket Handicap, by under a length.

Should not the seas have parted and the others made way once they saw Hugh Bowman in the irons?

Craig Williams did no better, producing a second in the Lightning Stakes to In Her Time.

Osborne Bulls is trending in the wrong direction with the punters. He has drifted since he went up at $3 when the markets opened.

Nature Strip, on the other hand, is down from $2.80 and might go lower by the time race 8 on Saturday’s Doomben card jumps.

Champagne Cuddles is currently $10, but her form over her last three is 4, 4 and 8, but she was just a length off with that second fourth in the All Aged Stakes.

As for our earlier query regarding when Osborne Bulls can break the pattern, the answer should be obvious.

He will win when we stop backing him for the All In Fixed Win, but he can be the second horse in our growing town any time, no questions asked.

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