Following a big upset in the 4th at Doomben last week by $151 outsider Anton En Avant, bookies will again be weary as Sebring horse Violate steps up to the plate over the exact same distance paying $126.
A winner of just 2 career races, the Victorian cannot be written off here as the 4-year-old has in fact been placed a total of 4 times in Group company and once in listed, well known for a big finishing burst interesting seen in his most recent runs without threatening.
Getting out to 2000 will be a massive plus for Brent Stanley trained Violate, his last 3 runs in fact pointing to a big performance here without having the form on paper. Violate came from stone motherless just 3 starts ago to beat home half the field, finishing just a couple of lengths off the in-from Widgee Turf over 1400 before a similar showing next time out over a mile behind With A Promise at Doomben.
Violate failed to make an impression last start in the group 2 Hollindale Stakes however interestingly enough, his final 200m was up there with the best in the field, similar to both runs prior.
Running very impressive sectionals for the 1800m trip, the outsider here clocked 10.67 between the 600 and 400 (67.48 kp/h) before again quickening to run an 11.36 between the 200 and finish where he hit the line at an impressive 63.38 kp/h. Forgetting the finish in the mud in the start prior, violate again had good numbers over 1400m, holding a high speed to close at 11.28, 11.44, 11.20 and 11.21, his speeds reading 63.83, 62.95, 64.29 and 64.23 between the 600m and finish.
Violate has drawn barrier 11 in the Group 1 Doomben Cup with Mark Du Plessis to ride and currently pays $126 and $31 with Sportsbet.com.au