Domesday on the double for Darley

Divorces delivered the first leg of what’s shaping up as a stakes winning weekend for her sire Domesday at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Divorces (3f Domesday – Family Breakup by Octagonal) was a class above a capacity field of fillies in the LR Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m).  She burst to the front at the furlong to defeat In A Tangle (Bradbury’s Luck) and Surpassing (More Than Ready) by more than two lengths.

Domesday has Darley homebred Backgammon poised to win the G1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville on Sunday.

Trainer Peter Snowden instructed Hugh Bowman to ride Divorces quietly at her first start past a mile this campaign and the change of tactics paid dividends on the Gold Coast.  “She’s still a bit questionable over ground in my mind,” he explained.  “But when fillies are going well you don’t stop them.”

Divorces will be tried over 2020m in the G3 Doomben Roses in a fortnight before a decision is made about her prospects for the 2400m G1 Queensland Oaks on June 4.

Standing head and shoulders above her rivals, Divorces has raced in the best of company throughout her career.  In the spring, she was beaten a nose by More Strawberries in the G2 Furious Stakes at Randwick before grabbing a G3 victory in the Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield.

Resuming this year, she was placed in the G2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington and the G3 Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick before travelling to Queensland.

Domesday (Red Ransom) is an impressive young stallion who is proving he’s got what it takes, siring top notch gallopers off a low fee.  He stands at Northwood Park and the cost of a cover has doubled to $22,000 (inc gst) this year.