Doctor Doom will face one of the toughest tests of his career this Saturday, when he faces Manawanui in the 2012 Royal Sovereign Stakes.
The three-year-old gelding won the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring, but has never had to race against Golden Rose winner Manawanui.
Trainer Guy Walter is optimistic about Doctor Doom’s chances in the 2012 Royal Sovereign Stakes.
“He just kept improving all the time,” Walter said.
“He’s always been a horse who has shown us plenty of ability.
“But to go from being a maiden to a Group One winner in his first preparation, it’s a big effort for any horse.”
The distance will also be an obstacle for Doctor Doom.
“Pretty obviously, 1200 is short of his best,” Walter said.
“But although it’s hard to see him winning I expect him to run a bold race.
“Importantly, he’s adept in wet ground which he will probably need to be.”
Doctor Doom is at the beginning of a big race prep this autumn.
“After this he goes to the Hobartville and the Randwick Guineas,” the trainer said.
“They’re going to 2000 metres (in the Rosehill Guineas) at only their fourth run so they need a bit of work.
“He wants to be fairly ready first-up.”
“At the very top level, you would think he’s only going to be really competitive beyond a mile.
“But I might change my view of that as we go along, particularly if the tracks are wet.”
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