Local Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida has warned they will scratch last start Lightning Handicap winner Cape Kidnappers from Saturday’s 2014 WJ Healy Stakes field if the track at Eagle Farm is too firm.
The course proper was rated a Good (3) and far too hard for the liking of Schweida’s Commands six-year-old Cape Kidnappers when they inspected it earlier in the week.
“If it’s as hard as it was yesterday, he won’t be running,” Schweida told The Courier Mail on Wednesday.
“The forecast makes it worse. It means they probably hold off watering, waiting for the rain.
“If they water and it rains, then they look like gooses. It makes it very hard for them, but I have to look after the horse and he won’t run if it’s too hard.”
Rain today and all day Friday however is expected to soften Eagle Farm right up which will play perfectly into the hand of the in-form Cape Kidnappers.
Their record on Slow (3-3-0-0) and Heavy (2-0-2-0) tracks is outstanding.
While the stats show they’ve also won five from four on Good ground, and two from three on Dead tracks, Schweida wants the give out of the ground for them in the Healy.
On Saturday they shoot for their third on the trot in the $175,000 Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m), the handicap clash one of the key support races of Tattersall’s Tiara Day.
They are drawn in barrier six and allocated 58kg trailing only the defending WJ Healy Stakes winner Howmuchdoyouloveme (60kg) in the weights.
Last start Cape Kidnappers carried 56.5kg at the track to win the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) on June 7 when ridden by Damian Browne who stays on for the Healy.
That came on the back of another Black Type victory 14 days earlier when they beat home Adebisi, a $21 chance in the Healy Stakes, by two and a half lengths in the Listed Chief De Beers (1110m).
They pay $4 to get the job done on Saturday in WJ Healy Stakes betting markets led by Grahame Begg’s talented mare Bennetta ($3.70).
The other major player in the WJ Healy Stakes odds is then Lightning Handicap runner-up Big Money ($5.50).
They’ve got the outside draw (10) to overcome here but their Scone-based trainer Rodney Northam is confident they’ll be able to improve on their close second last time out going up from 1000m to 1200m.
“He had a fair run in the Lightning and got held up for a few strides coming to the turn, but when he straightened he hit the line well,” Northam said.
“He’s looking for further now and I’m happy to see him over 1200 metres.
“He doesn’t like getting beaten and has done well.
“The best thing about going to 1200 metres is he’ll be able to travel better and be able to quicken.”
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