Doomben Roses Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Doomben Roses which is to be run at Doomben racecourse on Saturday 21st, May 2016. View the Doomben Roses Field.

No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 AMBIENCE John O’Shea James McDonald 4 56.5kg
2 LOOK TO THE STARS David Vandyke Blake Spriggs 5 56.5kg
3 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 18 56.5kg
4 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Robbie Fradd 16 56.5kg
5 SELF ESTEEM Peter & Paul Snowden 14 56.5kg
6 QUEEN OF WANDS Clarry Conners Michael Cahill 12 56.5kg
7 DAWNIE PERFECT Clarry Conners Kerrin McEvoy 13 56.5kg
8 SEBRING SALLY Chris Waller Glen Colless 11 56.5kg
9 CHANDANA Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 56.5kg
10 KEBEDE Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 9 56.5kg
11 FALKENBERG Peter & Paul Snowden 6 56.5kg
12 DULVERTON Robert Smerdon 1 56.5kg
13 BACKSTREET LOVER Jason Warren 3 56.5kg
14 THEMIS Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 21 56.5kg
15 MYSTIC OPAL Chris Anderson 17 56.5kg
16 LYRICIST Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 7 56.5kg
17e SAHARA SIREN Alan L Jones James Orman (a) 19 56.5kg
18e PASSION IN FLIGHT Gary Hineman Ms Tegan Harrison 15 56.5kg
19e ZASORCERESS (NZ) Jason Warren 2 56.5kg
20e ROMANTIC MAID Roger James 20 56.5kg
21e ZAFIKI (NZ) Robert Smerdon 8 56.5kg


Melbourne’s fickle weather will determine whether former Sydney sprinter Rain Affair takes his place at Flemington.

Now in the care of Daniel Bowman at Warrnambool, Rain Affair is among nominations for The Straight Six (1200m) on Saturday.

Melbourne’s metropolitan tracks in recent weeks have been on the firm side and that is a concern for Bowman.

“We’re going to accept and see what the weather does and what the track ends up being,” Bowman said.

“It’s been a bit firm at Flemington lately so if it’s too firm we won’t be running.

“We’re not going to risk the horse.”

Formerly trained by Joe Pride, Rain Affair is into his second preparation for Bowman after three runs last spring.

Bowman explained Rain Affair, a winner of 12 of his 39 starts, came to his stable for a change of environment and racing direction after being winless since the 2013 Missile Stakes at Randwick.

“He hasn’t won for a long time and there are no grand plans,” Bowman said.

“We’re just trying to place him where he will be competitive and to try and get him winning again.

“At this time of year we’d like to be racing on softer ground, which is what you would expect, but it isn’t happening.”

Rain Affair struck a wet track to begin his most recent campaign, but the race didn’t pan out for the rising nine-year-old in the Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool.

Drawing an inside barrier, Rain Affair received early interference that resulted in Michelle Payne being suspended.

Bowman said Rain Affair found himself in unfamiliar territory after being checked and resented racing in behind horses.

“We have put a line through his first-up run,” Bowman said.

“For a horse that has probably never had one cross him, to be pocketed in behind them after being checked, it set him off and he wanted to over-race.

“He’s not a horse that can sit and sprint, he’s got to be free-rolling and he didn’t get that opportunity.”

Bowman said Warrnambool’s beach facilities had helped Rain Affair recover well from his first-up run.

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