A Sydney Spring Racing Carnival campaign could be on the cards for Bryce Heys’ visiting Warwick Farm-trained galloper Major Major if they step up to the plate in the Queensland Cup 2014 on Saturday.
The interstate raider is one of 16 hopes running in this year’s $150,000 Listed bmag Queensland Cup (3200m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse.
A rising six-year-old Encosta De Lago gelding, Major Major is stepping up to the two miles for the first time on the weekend and Heys, who has only been training on his own for four months, is hoping they show enough to earn bigger assignments next prep.
“I hope Major Major can develop into a more than handy stayer and we will find out on Saturday,” he said told AAP.
Having won just two of their 20 career starts to date, Major Major is out to break a notable drought not having won a race since January of last year when prepared by Grahame Begg.
Kiwi expat Heys, who had six years down under with Darley’s new private trainer John O’Shea, took over training of the galloper at the start of the year.
They’ve had six starts for their new trainer and connections, the Phillips family behind the Tovele syndication.
“We have about 20 horses in work but most of them are young. We are probably 12 months away from making an impact,” Heys said of his fledging stables at Warwick Farm.
“It is great to have a runner in such a time honoured race.”
Their latest two efforts were third place finishes over 2400m and 2590m respectively, indicating to their trainer they’re capable of being competitive over the 3200m on Saturday.
“They were going to be his final runs for this campaign but he showed us enough to tackle a Listed race,” Heys explained.
“We have an idea in the back of our minds for a couple of races in the spring so we will see how he goes in this race.”
They face a tough field of proven stayers and in-form horses in the Queensland Cup however including last weekend’s Caloundra Cup champ Brayroan and last start Tattersall’s Cup winner The Inventor.
Jockey Glen Colless replaces the holidaying Kerrin McEvoy, aboard Major Major for their past two starts, having recovered from an injured tailbone.
“I tried to get Damian Browne but he couldn’t make the weight,” Heys said, the horse getting in on the 54kg minimum.
“Everyone who follows Queensland racing told me Glen was the man to get.”
Colless is after his second Queensland Cup winning ride having previously partnered Smart Alex for their 1996 win.
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