2016 Doomben 10,000 Unlikely for Ghisoni

May 24th, 2016

Ghisoni has been included in nominations for two races at Doomben on Saturday, but trainer John O’Shea has revealed the classy filly will likely take her place in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) amongst fillies and mares’ company, rather than contest the 2016 Doomben 10,000.

Godolphin trainer John O'Shea will likely bypass the 2016 Doomben 10,000 with Ghisoni. Photo: Steve Hart

Godolphin trainer John O’Shea will likely bypass the 2016 Doomben 10,000 with Ghisoni. Photo: Steve Hart

Ghisoni stormed onto the Australian racing scene via two impressive appearances that resulted in resounding victories on debut in November, before returning in autumn for a number of typically-strong performances.

Set to be treated particularly well as a three-year-old filly under the conditions of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m), O’Shea told The Courier Mail that while the form coming out of the BTC Cup a fortnight ago does not appear overly strong, Ghisoni may be slightly vulnerable first-up after a freshen-up.

“My inclination is to not run her (in the 10,000), albeit I know she will be extremely competitive,” O’Shea said.

“It is tempting. The form out of the BTC Cup, where we saw Artlee get beaten on Saturday, does encourage you.

“She has been a filly we have been extremely patient with.

“She’s just starting to hit her straps and if we look after her we’re going to have a really nice older mare next season in races up to about 1400m.

“Her last two starts just haven’t gone how we wanted them to.

“Had we won the Arrowfield (in which she was unlucky) we would have had good cause to run in the 10,000.

“At the moment it’s all about seasoning her for later on. For a Group 1 weight-for-age race you want to be well and truly seasoned.”

Ghisoni returned to racing in February for an impressive win in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) before making a credible Group 1 debut for sixth in the talent-rich Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 12th.

Having run on for fifth following a horror run in transit in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) on Day 2 of The Championships, the Lonhro filly has trialled well in the lead-up to her return at Doomben on Saturday.

Fields for both the Doomben 10,000 and Glenlogan Park Stakes are due to be released following the completion of barrier draws on Wednesday morning.