Toowoomba trainer Wayne Nugent is hopeful Bloodblister can become his first metropolitan Saturday winner in nine years when the filly runs at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Nugent is a well-known Toowoomba farrier and has 10 horses in work but hasn’t won a Saturday race in the city since Poor Judge was successful at Eagle Farm in October, 2011.
Nugent will make a rare city appearance with two runners; Bloodblister will tackle the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap over 1000 metres while former Victorian Observational makes his stable debut in the Open Handicap (1400m).
“If Bloodblister runs a place I’ll be ecstatic and I’ll be over the moon if Observational can run home strongly to finish around fifth,” Nugent said.
Bloodblister won her maiden on her home track last November and returned from a break to finish a close second to Dad’s Lad over 870 metres in April.
“It’s a tough race with a few chances and Tony Gollan’s Bleu Zebra looks hard to beat,” Nugent said.
“But she’s got good form around Uncle Frank who she beat at her first start.
“She was very unlucky not to win her last start when she hit the running rail 400 metres out and lost ground.
“I don’t take my horses to town much as I prefer to take them where they can win.”
Nugent is attempting to have Observational fit enough for the Toowoomba Cup later this year but admits he might be running out of time.
Observational hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Banjo Patterson final over 2600 metres at Flemington in July last year.
The multiple Stakes winner is now a 10-year-old and has won in Listed company at England’s Goodwood as a younger horse.
He was brought to Australia by leading owner Lloyd Williams who won the 2015 Listed Bendigo Golden Mile with him for trainer Robert Hickmott.
Observational was also trained by John Sadler winning the 2017 Golden Mile and Group Three Easter Cup.
“He was struggling in Victoria and his owners thought he had gone as far as he could in the south,” Nugent said.
“He’s been in work for five months and had a barrier trial at Deagon recently.
“I’m not expecting much from him just yet as he wants 2000 metres or further.
“The original plan was to get him ready for the Toowoomba Cup but we might be running out of time.”
– Racing Queensland