After a failed effort down the notorious Flemington straight last start, Liam Birchely’s Brisbane mare Liesele is ready to bounce back when she returns home for the $80,000 Listed Travel Associates Classic Fillies & Mares Plate (1200m) at Doomben this weekend.
The Exceed And Excel six-year-old has had two runs this time in, both in Melbourne.
The first was an impressive stakes winning effort where she defeated Sumakaray in the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) on Caulfield Cup Day, her first black type victory.
She backed up 19 days later at the famous Flemington Racecourse but could only manage to finish three lengths away seventh to Chris Waller’s Redoute’s Choice seven-year-old Dystopia in the Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m).
“It was a bit of a non-event and she never seemed to get into rhythm at any stage at Flemington,” Birchley said of the run when speaking to AAP.
“It’s a funny sort of situation with horses in straight races. They either handle it or they don’t and unfortunately she fell into the category that doesn’t.”
Coming back to Brisbane, Liesele is now ready to strut her stuff when she drops back in class for Saturday’s Fillies & Mares Plate.
Her last go at the 1200m at Doomben produced an easy two length win back in August, an effort Birchley is hoping she can repeat again this weekend.
Liesele will be ridden by Glen Colless in the feature race who replaces the suspended Damien Browne, who copped a ban for his winning ride on Queensland Buffering in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth last Saturday, and will jump from barrier five of 12.
Her recent Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival victory and nice Doomben race record have seen Liesele open the short priced favourite.
It’s a position Birchley believes she’s deserving of too especially with the plum gate.
“The alley is perfect for her because she likes to get a suck run in behind them and she’s got a good sprint at the end of her races,” he said.
“If she can be saved for one run at them in the straight she’s pretty hard to stop.”
Her main dangers are then perceived to be the lightly raced Sam Kavanagh-trained Dubawi mare Words Are Weapons, Kelly Schweida’s resuming Show A Heart four-year-old Discreet and Stuart Kendrick’s Sunshine Coast-based Ascot Handicap winner at Eagle Farm during the winter carnival Doubtfilly.
Doubtfilly certainly isn’t without her chances despite carrying the 58.5kg topweight under the set weights plus penalties conditions as she’s got a flawless records from three starts on dead-rated tracks.
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