The step back up to a mile for the first time since the winter is set to suit the Magic Millions Trophy-bound Feltre this Saturday in Doomben’s Bernborough Handicap 2015.
Eagle Farm trainer Lynn Tipper was forced to trial the Show A Heart five-year-old at Deagon this week after Feltre, a winner of six of his 15 career starts to date, missed a lead-up run because of drizzly conditions in Brisbane last Saturday.
Part-owner Bill Andrews made the call but is confident Tuesday’s 1000m winning trial after racing three deep throughout was enough of a fitness test for Feltre ahead of the $175,000 Listed Treasury Casino & Hotel Bernborough Handicap (1615m) this weekend.
“He has won on soft going but he has a dicky tendon and it was exactly the type of slippery track you don’t want horses like him to run on,” Andrews explained to AAP this week.
“Lynn gave him a trial at Deagon on Tuesday and hopefully that will make up for missing the run last week.”
Originally 14 milers made up the field for the third and final leg of the Brisbane Summer Sprint Series but the Triple Crown closer is down one after the early scratching of the Paul Duncan-trained Blue Lion (6).
Feltre is drawn the rails with barrier one for regular jockey Ryan Wiggins who continues his association with the horse who has won his only other mile run to date.
Last start he ran a distant fifth to Didntcostalot in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) on November 28, an effort Andrews is confident he’ll improve on up in distance off the winning jump-out in easier class this weekend.
“That was a very good run because they ran sensational time and Feltre was hitting the line hard,” Andrews said.
The galloper won a Class 6 at the track and distance back in July and currently pays $16 to score the upset in the Bernborough Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Best Tote or SP + 20% on the race this Saturday.
Bernborough Handicap betting is dominated by last start Brisbane Handicap quinella Traveston Girl and Hopfgarten who are co-$4.80 favourites for this weekend’s rematch.
Feltre will appreciate the extra metres though and has a good Doomben track record of two wins and two seconds from five previous runs at the course.
“His jockey Ryan Wiggins has no doubt he will run a strong 1600 metres in open company,” Andrews added.
All going to plan Feltre will continue his Queensland Summer Racing Carnival campaign at the Gold Coast on January 9 in the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (1800m), a race he needs to collect more than his current $188,100 in prize money to be assured of a start in.
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