Stuart Kendrick’s last-start Eagle Farm winner Doubtfilly will get the chance to prove her Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2012 potential this Saturday when she races in the first at Doomben.
How the two-year-old daughter of Not A Single Doubt handles the rain affected track tomorrow will be key to whether she posts her third win from five starts and boosts her chances of being aimed at the Group races during the upcoming winter festival.
After a romping six-length Townsville win on debut last November, Mackay filly Doubtfilly was tested in stakes company next-up but finished a disappointing seventh behind Discreet in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1000m) at Eagle Farm in December.
She was then sent to the Gold Coast to trial for the famous Magic Millions 2YO Classic but again looked outclassed and without the speed to finish better than fifth to Lady Colours in a 900m handicap.
After missing out on a shot in the MM Classic, Doubtfilly ran again at Eagle Farm and was an easy one and a quarter length winner of the Racing Retro Handicap (1000m) against her own kind on January 21, the decision to keep her in Brisbane instead of heading home between runs proving the right one.
“I thought it would be too much to travel her back in the hot conditions we were having at the time,” Kendrick explained.
“I left her in Brisbane and she’s done well.”
On Saturday she goes up against the boys in the $50,000 + $42,000 QTIS600 bonus for first Skyracing.TV QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1100m), which is due to jump as Doomben Race 1 at 11:25pm (QLD time).
Currently the Doomben track is rated a Slow (7), but with rain around in Brisbane this afternoon Kendrick will have his fingers crossed the sun is out in the morning to firm the track up some.
“On breeding she should handle it (the wet track) as her grand dam was by Woodman but it’s one of those unknowns until you try them but hopefully she’ll handle it,” Kendrick said.
Doubtfilly has never seen worse than a Dead (4) which explains why her price has drifted out from $3.20 to $4 in the Doomben markets at Luxbet.
She still retains favouritism however, the next-best fancied runners being the unraced Patinack Farm-owned Wonderful Jester ($5 Luxbet) who is out wide in barrier 10 of 11 and Sunshine Coast filly Optionality ($6 Luxbet) in gate two coming off a third to Doubtfilly last-start.
If all goes to plan, Kendrick is eyeing off the $250,000 Group 2 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 2 for Doubtfilly during the winter.
“She’ll definitely go for a spell after this race,” Kendrick said.
“She should take a lot of benefit from her previous wins as I couldn’t work her as hard as I wanted in the wet before races.
“I want to get a good guide from her in this race before I decide.
“If she wins well and is strong at the finish, the Sires would prove a nice race for her in the winter.”
Kendrick mentioned the two-year-old campaign of the Todd Austin-trained Playtime as a guide to how Doubtfilly may progress, the Barcaldine-based filly having run second in last year’s Sires’ Produce Stakes and then third to the Peter Snowden-trained Benfica in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1600m) after traveling from Mackay to Brisbane.
“Playtime comes from up our way and he (trainer Todd Austin) came down last winter after running second in the big QTIS Plate at Mackay and ran second in the Sires’ and third in the TJ Smith,” he said.
Full markets for the bumper nine-race Doomben meeting on Saturday can be found and enjoyed right now at Luxbet.