The Brisbane Racing Club's feature $650,000, Group 1 WFA Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday has an open market with TAB.com.au reporting on Friday morning that Godolphin's Group 1 Doncaster Mile winner It's Somewhat (USA) has been backed from $4.40 into $4.20 favouritism.
Godolphin rider James Doyle has been brought back from his stable duties in the UK to ride the six-year-old Dynaformer gelding who is in career best form with three wins in succession.
This campaign commenced with a win in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill on March 11th. The Group 1 Doncaster Mile over 1600m at Randwick on April 1st followed with 55kg under a top rated ride by Zac Purton. Then it was to the Gold Coast and a win in the Group 1 AD Hollindale Stakes over 1800m on May 5th.
“It is a strong edition of the race but punters are treading warily with so much rain forecast,” TAB’s Nick Quinn said.
It’s Somewhat has been the best supported with 31% of the money, while Darren Weir's Amelie’s Star at $10 has attracted 23% and John Thompson's Maurus (GB), at $12, 8% of the market.
The Doomben track is currently rated a Soft 7 after 16mm of rain in the last 24 hours and 22mm of rain for the last seven days. The forecast is for 35mm to 60mm of rain today, Friday, and 4mm - 15mm on Saturday.
The latest Doomben Cup market from TAB.com.au as at Friday morning:
$4.20 It’s Somewhat
$9 Sense Of Occasion
$10 Single Gaze, Amelie’s Star
$13 Star Exhibit
$18 Vanburgh, McCreery
$21+ Others Quoted
It's Somewhat (USA) and Zac Purton winning the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on a Heavy 8 track, picture Sportpix.com.au