Blue Army bullish about Stradbroke chances

Osborne Bulls will target the Stradbroke after winning the Sluskin Star Stakes at Scone. Picture: AAP
Osborne Bulls will target the Stradbroke after winning the Sluskin Star Stakes at Scone. Picture: AAP

GODOLPHIN struck a blank after going into Saturday's Doomben card with a seemingly strong hand, but emerged from the day holding the aces for next month's Stradbroke Handicap.

Impending firmed to $7 equal favourite with Ladbrokes for the Stradbroke with his slashing Doomben 10,000 second, while stablemate Osborne Bulls held his place at $10 after a maiden stakes breakthrough at Scone.

Godolphin's Australian manager Vin Cox confirmed trainer James Cummings was keen for ­Osborne Bulls to join Impending in the Stradbroke.

"It's on our radar, don't worry about that," Cox said. "He's a horse that very well could be nine wins from 10 starts. He's been up a while, but we've had the Queensland carnival in mind for a while."

Care To Think lost no admirers from a Stradbroke point of view and Ladbrokes trimmed him to $7 as well in the wake of his sixth placing (beaten two lengths).

Other Stradbroke movers included Queensland Day winner Perast, who has been $81 into $26 for the big sprint.

English wins the Doomben 10,000 for jockey Tim Clark and trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography
English wins the Doomben 10,000 for jockey Tim Clark and trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

Surprisingly, English is still generously priced for the Kingsford Smith Cup, being $17-$13 after the 10,000 win. Le Romain, brave in the 10,000, is $5 to $4.20.

In other big-race moves from Saturday, Zousain has been $13 into $5 for the J.J. Atkins; Youngstar is $8-$4.50 for the Oaks, while stablemate Another Dollar has trimmed from $21 to $6 and in the Derby, Dark Dream is $7.50 into $3.50.

Meanwhile the Ben Currie saga continues to drag on and parties on both sides of the divide are asking why QRIC seems to be moving at snail's pace on the matter.

It has become a huge distraction at a time Queensland racing is front and centre on the national stage. It is now five weeks since the raid on Currie's Toowoomba stables.

Swabs have so far returned nothing abnormal.

Investigations continued last week, with phones seized from a number of Currie's staff.

Trainer Ben Currie maintains no wrongdoing has happened at his stables. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography
Trainer Ben Currie maintains no wrongdoing has happened at his stables. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

Currie has maintained innocence from the outset and has said no wrongdoing has happened at his stables.

"If QRIC actually knew the rules, we wouldn't even be at this stage. Like I said, no rules broken and nothing untoward in anyway happened," he tweeted on Monday.

The next day he wrote: "No medication was used. Hence very puzzled by the charges."

QRIC clearly has a differing opinion, with his father Mark facing 12 charges related to alleged race-day treatments.

If that is QRIC's belief, the question is now being asked why Currie has not been stood down.

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