Local Bryan Dais-trained stayer White City will shoot for their third straight win this weekend as the Zabeel six-year-old steps up to Group company for the Queen’s Cup 2012 at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
The in-form gelding comes off back-to-back wins during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, White City having won just three of their 34 starts over a hit and miss career.
Recently it has been very much hit after they won a 2170m Class 1 at Ipswich on May 25 before travelling up to Rockhampton to score a decisive win over Collector in a 2200m Class 4 Handicap on June 23.
While that win is being played down by the punters and bookies Williams is confident that the form will shine through.
“There was a fair bit of merit in the win,” he said.
After starting their career in Sydney under Anthony Cummings White City was later transferred to Steve Englebrecht before finally joining Dais’ Brisbane operation in the spring of 2010.
While always gallant their career record is fairly unimpressive and Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Queen’s Cup (3200m), traditionally run as the Listed Queensland Cup, will be their first ever black type assignment.
It will also be their first time at the two-miles and Dais’ maiden stakes runner, the low key horseman hoping they can step up on both accounts.
“He’s an out-and-out stayer and there’s not many two mile races in the country, let alone in Queensland,” Dais said.
“When he came back into work in January this was the long range plan to set him for this race.”
If successful on Saturday White City will be handing Dais his maiden Saturday win as well.
“It would be nice to do it in a Group Three,” Williams said of winning on a Saturday in Brisbane.
White City will be ridden by young apprentice hoop Rosie Myers, booked in the 11th hour by a very happy Dais.
“I booked Rosie at 11am yesterday (Wednesday) and then she came out and rode three winners at Doomben that afternoon,” Dais said on Thursday.
“I’m more than happy to have Rosie on because she’s a pretty accomplished rider in New Zealand and has been given some good reports from some trainers over here.
“Jockeys in form can usually ride the crest of a wave so hopefully she can keep it going on Saturday.”
Among the bigger name Queen’s Cup 2012 hopefuls this year are the likes of Jeff Lynds’ Tatt’s Cup runner-up Booming, the Ben Ahrens-trained Spechenka coming off a Caloundra Cup fourth and recent Stayer’s Cup second placegetter over the 3200m Roi D’Jeu.
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