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Seven-year-old Speediness will enjoy a spell in the paddock for a little while longer after trainer Colin Scott revealed the gelding will bypass autumn carnivals in both Sydney and Melbourne and head north.
Speediness will travel to Brisbane, during the winter, for the first time with plans to contest both the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 23 and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) on June 6 on the cards.
Speediness had six starts in Melbourne during the spring, finishing outside the placings in all but one. The gelding was fourth in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) on September 13 before finishing second last in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup (1400m) after over-racing in the middle.
He finished three quarters of a length behind Trust In A Gust for second place in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 11 before missing out on the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m), Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), and Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m).
“The disappointment of the spring was him not copping hard tracks at all anymore,” Scott told Sky Racing.
“It sounds ridiculous to say that when he’s run fourth in a Group Three, second in a Group One and fourth in a Group Two during the spring, most people would be happy with that.”
The trainer is hopeful that Speediness will relish the softer tracks in Brisbane after failing more than once over firm ground in Melbourne.
The gelding has been spelled since not letting go like he used to in the Sandown Stakes on November 15, due to return to work in a couple of weeks.
Scott visited the gelding in the paddock last week and couldn’t be happier with how he looked.
“I’m looking forward to getting him back in,” the trainer said.
“This time in we’ve decided we’ll most likely head straight to Brisbane.
“Where he kicks off we’re not 100 per cent sure, but he’ll go for the Doomben 10,000 and the Stradbroke.
“He’ll only have three, maybe four, runs for the preparation. He’ll be kept fresh and we’ll be looking for the sting out of the ground.
“I’d love to see him go into the 10,000 with a month between runs, just fresh and happy and then obviously there’s two weeks into the Straddie.”
Given this, the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) one month prior to the 2015 Doomben 10,000 could be Speediness’ ideal first-up race in Brisbane.
Speediness is just one of many talented sprint-milers set to travel north to Brisbane for the first time after the 2015 Stradbroke Handicap saw its prizemoney boosted to $2 million.
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