First-up specialist The Bostonian (Jimmy Choux x Keepa Cheval) maintained his unbeaten Queensland record
and caused a big upset when he won the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on
In a race of sensations, the favourite Nature Strip ($2.35) was slow to jump
and went around three deep before finishing fourth.
The second favourite Osborne Bulls was also slowly away and ran his fifth
straight Group One placing.
The Bostonian, who carries the Trelawney brand after being born and raised on the farm for breeder-owner David Archer, became the first kiwi galloper to win the Doomben 10,000
since My Axeman in 1983 when he got an inside run to beat the unlucky Osborne
Bulls ($2.90) by a long head with another long head to Dollar For Dollar ($41)
in third place.
The gelding has now won all five of his first-up runs and all four of his
starts in Queensland.
The win equalled Undue in 2006 as the longest-priced winner of the 10,000
since it went to weight-for-age.
Trainer Tony Pike and Archer plotted to bring The Bostonian back
to Queensland after he won three races, including the Sunshine Coast Guineas,
during last year's winter carnival.
His early carnival had been disrupted by problems but Pike was impressed
with the way he handled the Queensland tracks.
Pike flew to Australia this week to watch The Bostonian work after the
gelding had arrived in Australia eight days go.
However, Pike had to return to New Zealand and left stable foreman Chris
McNabb to saddle the horse in the 10,000.
"We will now probably head straight to the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m
on June 8)," McNabb said.
"He was here mainly for it and he is a horse which does race well
Jockey Michael Cahill rode his last Group One winner on Russeting who took
the 2009 Tatts Tiara for the late Bart Cummings.
But he has previously tasted Doomben 10,000 success on Falvelon in 2001.
"I had a nice run behind the pace but then it was a matter of getting a
run," Cahill said
"This horse has been really good to me."
The Bostonian capped off a big day of racing at Doomben for Trelawney horses. Purple Sector, who was bred and sold by Trelawney, won the Gr.3 Rough Habit Plate, earlier in the day. This was followed by the Trelawney owned Igraine finishing runner-up in the Gr.3 Chairman's Handicap in her Australian debut. Rounding out the day was a winning double at Rotorua by Nordic and Campari, both sold as yearlings through Trelawney Stud's New Zealand Bloodstock draft. -AAP, Trelawney Stud