Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty will stretch her in-form gelding Flamboyer out to a mile for the first time in two years for Saturday’s 2016 Tattersall’s Mile at Doomben.
The galloper’s last run over the 1600m was in July of 2014 where he finished 14th in just his second look at the distance.
Since then the rising six-year-old son of Clang has been restricted to races up to 1400m, a formula that has seen him enjoy plenty of wins.
This time in he’s had three winter runs for a first-up third at Doomben in mid-May and then back-to-back victories over 1400m.
Two back he saluted by nearly three lengths at Eagle Farm defeating Brettan by the tidy margin before his latest win at the Sunshine Coast on July 2 for a 1.8 length victory in the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
On Saturday Flamboyer will shoot for three consecutive wins and back-to-back stakes victories lining-up in the $100,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m).
He has the gun form and fitness on his side, but needs to handle the extra metres, something Doughty has been keen to test him at for a while now since his return to form.
“I have been keen to get him out to 1600 metres and it might as well be now,” Doughty told AAP.
“He has been strong at the finish of his two recent runs and if the tracks stay wet it won’t hurt him.
“He has been able to roll along on the pace in his races and that should be the case again on Saturday.”
Racing Queensland extended Tattersall’s Mile nominations until 9am (AEST) on Tuesday morning even though the race attracted 15 early entries.
Along with Doughty’s galloper the other two last start winners in the mix are the Brian Smith-trained Tattersall’s Open champ over 1830m at Eagle Farm on June 25 Feltre and the John & Chris Meagher-trained Harada Bay.
Harada Bay enjoyed a July 9 win at Doomben in a $60,000 Open Handicap (1630m), which could prove the form line to follow into Saturday’s race.
Also coming out of the same lead-up and nominated for the Tattersall’s Mile are the likes of the Ciaron Maher-trained Akavoroun (2nd), Rob Heathcote’s Lauterbrunnen (3rd), Hi Son (4th) and Bewhatyouwannabe (5th).
Adding even more interest to the list of Tattersall’s Mile nominees this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival is the Kris Lees-trained French import Singing.
A six-year-old Singspeil stallion, Singing has won four of his 15 career starts overseas before being transferred to Lees’ Newcastle stables.
He is also nominated for a Benchmark 93 handicap over 1900m at Canterbury Park on Saturday for his debut down under.
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