Robert Heathcote said his galloper in Saturday’s 2016 Tattersall’s Mile Lauterbrunnen is going to need a “top ride” from veteran hoop Jim Byrne if he is to win from a worse than midfield draw in the Doomben showdown.
Heathcote originally had two final acceptors for this winter’s $100,000 Listed Sky Racing Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1600m), but withdrew Bewhatyouwannabe (5) from the race earlier in the week after the galloper became cast in his box.
He is left with the in-form Lauterbrunnen in the 11-starter field, a rising six-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt who has run top three in his three latest starts.
Two back the galloper won over 1300m at Rockhampton before a last start third behind fellow Tattersall’s Mile hopefuls Harada Bay (1st) and Akavoroun (2nd) over the Doomben mile on July 9.
Lauterbrunnen’s record shows he can struggle at the Doomben track where he has won just two of his 20 starts, but he has a solid mile record having finished out of the money in only three of his 10 runs over the distance he is over again on Saturday.
Last start he and veteran hoop Jim Byrne combined on 55.5kg, but for Saturday Lauterbrunnen drops down to the 54kg minimum.
He jumps from barrier eight however, which he’ll need to be going forward from according to Heathcote who knows he has the right hoop in the saddle to get the job done.
“The barrier is no luxury for Lauterbrunnen and it will take a top ride from Jim. But they didn’t have much luck last start and they meet a similar field,” Heathcote told AAP.
“Jim really seems to have come into his own as a top class jockey in recent years. It doesn’t surprise me he has ridden so many stakes winners this year.”
Byrne is a four-time Queensland Jockeys Premiership winner, but doesn’t look in the frame to secure the title this season.
He does however get the chance to win a 10th Brisbane stakes race for the season adding to his previous nine in the: Queensland Cup (Murphy’s Delight), Doomben Roses (Kebede), Singapore Members Cup (Jumbo Prince), Falvelon Quality (Whiskey Allround), Nudgee Quality (Tina Melina), McLachlan Classic (Zelady’s Night Out), Calaway Gal Classic (Zelady’s Night Out), Lough Neagh Stakes (Fontelina) and Mode Plate (Secret Saga).
Heathcote meanwhile will finish second to Tony Gollan in the Brisbane Trainers’ Premiership race this season.
In the current Tattersall’s Mile odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Lauterbrunnen is one of six single-figure hopes paying $5 in markets led by the rails-drawn Glasshouse Handicap winner Flamboyer ($4.20).
“It has been a good year and it would be nice to finish with another stakes winner,” Heatchote, who has won 60 races in the Brisbane metro area and four Group 1s with stable star Buffering, said.
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