First-up specialist The Bostonian maintained his unbeaten Queensland record and caused a major upset when he won Saturday’s Group 1 $A800,000 Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
In a race of sensations, the favourite Nature Strip 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 1 placing in finishing second, beaten a neck by the 43 to one outsider.
The Bostonian 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 Osborne Bulls by a long head with another long head to Dollar For Dollar in third place. The gelding has now won all five of his first-up runs and all four of his starts in Queensland.
Trainer Tony Pike and owner-breeder David Archer plotted to bring The Bostonian back to Queensland after he won three races, including the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m), during last year’s winter carnival.
His early campaign this season had been disrupted by problems but Pike was impressed with the way he handled the Queensland tracks and flew to Australia last week to watch The Bostonian work after the gelding had arrived in Australia the previous week.
“He seems to really come right at this time of the year and his jockey Michael Cahill said his work on Tuesday was simply sensational,” Pike said.
“We were confident of a big run although it was a top-class field, so you couldn’t think he would just turn up and win.
“His record in Queensland is very good so I knew if we could get some luck, he would acquit himself well.”
Pike had to return to New Zealand for a wedding on Saturday and left stable foreman, and former top jockey, Chris McNab to saddle the horse up for the 10,000.
Jockey Michael Cahill rode his last Group 1 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.”
Pike will now monitor The Bostonian’s recovery before committing to his next target.
“We will see how he comes through the race during the week and then I will have a chat with David Archer about where we go,” he said.
“The Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) in a fortnight is an option but as he goes so well fresh it might be better to wait for the Stradbroke (1400m) on June 8.”
Pike has a seven-strong team in Brisbane for the winter carnival and also picked up another success there yesterday when Simply Sacred capped off several minor placings with a dominant 2-3/4 length win in a $A21,000 maiden race over 1685m at Ipswich, ridden by New Zealand jockey Leith Innes.
Several of the other Pike-trained horses are likely to be seen in action over the next week, including Sacred Day who was on a flight from Auckland to Brisbane on Sunday and might start at Doomben next Saturday.
“Ever Loyal will likely run in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) next weekend while Intrigue will have her second start at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday,” Pike said.
“I’m happy with the team and how they are shaping up, including Terra Sancta who I thought went a really cheeky race, out of her grade, on Saturday.”
The Pierro mare finished ninth against a top field of open class milers.
“She was very strong at the line and afterwards, so she is making good progress. She could run in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) in a fortnight and then tackle a race like the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) after that.”