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Weighing In with Nathan Exelby

Well known QLD media man NATHAN EXELBY is a constant at the track in the ‘Sunshine State’ and has a full wrap of last weekend’s action, plus the horses to follow and tragedies beaten.

Doomben 10,000 day (at Eagle Farm)

TAB Doomben 10,000 day … with a difference.

Weather conditions forced the meeting to be transferred to Eagle Farm in an historic move for the great sprint race.

MAZU justified his selection as an Everest contender by staving off the challenge of Paulele as the three-year-olds broke a nine-year drought in the race.

While he now heads to the paddock, placegetters PAULELE and ENTRIVIERE will go deeper into Stradbroke Season, with the latter setting tongues wagging with her finishing burst from an impossible position out the back. 

On Sunday it emerged that Entriviere was likely to bypass the Kingsford Smith Cup and aim specifically at the Stradbroke, leaving stablemate SWORD OF STATE to run in the 1300m WFA sprint in a fortnight. 

Handicaps for the Stradbroke are released before the Kingsford Smith, which is a penalty free race that assures the winner a start in the Stradbroke. 

My Top 3 to Follow

She’s come back in stunning order, backing up her midweek win with an even more dominant display here. A black type shot can’t be far away now. 

SIGNORE FOX, Race 8: Didn’t attract the plaudits like Entriviere, but once again showed his liking for Eagle Farm by finishing just behind the placings. Will be better suited at his next couple over 1300m and 1400m. 

NEVER NO MORE, Race 9: He might be wearing thin with a few, but this was a massive effort after racing wide, then having to go forward. He is busting to win a race. 

Please Forgive Me

BABYLON BERLIN (Race 6) was sent out a warm favourite, but after a slowish getaway, she was in an ugly spot from the get go and never threatened. Stewards reported James McDonald lost his offside stirrup iron at the start, explaining why she landed where she did.  

Ride of the Day

Sam Clipperton was the star of the show, with a winning treble, highlighted by Mazu’s victory. His early initiative won the day for SWISS EXILE, who responded to being put in the race and given his chance. Clipperton’s confidence was sky high by the time he reached the final event and from a tricky gate he allowed ACQUITTED to find his feet before idling into the race approaching the turn and then letting rip at the end. 

The Big Winner

Triple Crown Syndications have built a great affinity with the Queensland carnival, with Mazu joining REDZEL and HOT SNITZEL as Group 1 winners in Brisbane for the company’s prominent red and white colours. Peter and Paul Snowden can now bide their time preparing Mazu for a tilt at The Everest, for which TAB have him marked at $7 second favourite behind NATURE STRIP ($4). 

The Big ‘goes’

Swiss Exile (Race 5) was found at big odds halving his quote to start at single figures before winning the Spirit Of Boom Classic. 
That one hit the market, but a few others missed.
VERONA was heavily tried to win the Rough Habit Plate but was a spent force on the turn. 
Entriviere and KEMENTARI (Race 8) both came in for strong backing to beat Mazu in the Doomben 10,000. While Entriviere was outstanding and enhanced her Stradbroke claims, Kementari struggled on the surface and never looked a hope. 

TAB Market Movers

With Entriviere and Mazu not running, PAULELE firmed to be $4 favourite for the Kingsford Smith Cup in a fortnight. PRINCE OF BOOM is second pick at $8, with fellow 3yo Sword Of State sharing the next line of $11 with APACHE CHASE.

ALEGRON is the $4.50 Queensland Derby favourite after his luckless run at Morphettville. DARK DESTROYER firmed to $5 while PATERNAL is now an $8 chance for the 2400m feature. 

POLITICAL DEBATE is the new $6 favourite for the J.J. Atkins after his powerful finish to dead heat for third in the Spirit Of Boom Classic. 

Entriviere and Paulele share the top line for the Stradbroke at $8, with AYRTON now on the second line at $11, despite not being nominated. FLYING CRAZY is at $15 after his Scone win.  

Racing Trivia

1 Who is the last Rough Habit Plate winner to land the Queensland Derby?
2 ROTHFIRE completed the Champagne (Spirit Of Boom) Classic – JJ Atkins double two years ago in the abridged carnival. Who was the previous horse to do it? 

From the Stewards’ room

Ryan Maloney had to forfeit the ride on DERULO after not being able to make the weight and was fined $400.
Derulo bled after the second race and incurs a three-month ban. 

Walking The Track

We didn’t think we would see the day where Eagle Farm moved into the Heavy range, but the weather proved even too strong for this beast of a drying track on Saturday. Boomnova clocked 57.1 in the first race, which is aligned to a Good racing surface, but subsequent events saw the times fall back into a Soft/Heavy range. It did a super job to get through the meeting after what had been thrown at it all week and then right through the raceday. 

Whetting the appetit

ZAAKI stretched the legs in between races at Doomben on Saturday, sitting off stablemate SIBAAQ and then breezing by him at the end of the gallop. He is set to run the shortest priced Doomben Cup favourite since MIGHT AND POWER when he heads back to defend his crown this weekend. 

Racing Trivia Answers

1 DARK DREAM, 2018
2 SIZZLING, 2012

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