A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up...
This Saturday Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse will host two black type features including the fillies and mares Travel Associates Classic where Sydney horseman David Pfieffer will saddle up his visiting mare Gai’s Choice.
The five-year-old daughter of General Nediym was one of 12 early entries for the $80,000 Listed Travel Associates Classic Fillies and Mares Plate (1200m) which will be her first run since a seventh place finish to Koonoomoo in the Group 3 Herald Sun Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
That was her third failed run for the spring, Warwick Farm-based Pfieffer hoping she can return to form when she gets back to Brisbane – Gai’s Choice having enjoyed plenty of success sunshine state during the winter.
Back in May she enjoyed two first-up wins at Rosheill including a six length effort over Titbit before she travelled to Queensland’s Ipswich course to win the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) in June.
She backed up at Eagle Farm seven days later and ran a devastatingly close third when defeated under a half a length by Pear Tart in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) which was her first Group 1 assignment.
Believing Gai’s Choice is suited the pace of the Brissy races and the Eagle Farm course itself, Pfieffer hopes for a form turnaround on Saturday when she will be ridden by Peter Robl for the first time.
“Brisbane races are notorious for being fast-run races and Gai’s Choice is at her best when she can get back and run on,” Pfieffer said.
“Being a set-weights race over 1200 metres on a big track, it adds up to suiting her down to the ground.”
Among her more notable rivals are the likes of the local Rob Heathcote-trained duo Fire Up Fifi resuming after a stellar winter prep and six-year-old Funtantes, and John O’Shea-trained Bound To Blush.
Of the nominees it is fellow Sydney mare Bound To Blush, coming off a first-up win at Rosehill at the start of the month, that Pfieffer has picked out as the one to beat based on her strong stakes experience back home.
“Without knowing a lot about the Brisbane form, Bound To Blush looks the one we have to beat,” Pfieffer said.
The 2012 Travel Associates Classic field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday with final acceptances to be published right here at Races.com.au.
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