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From Annabel Neasham

Thur 23rd May, 2024

Horse: Numerian
Message: (Saturday, Brisbane Race 9, Doomben Cup) Numerian’s win in the Hollindale Stakes was his first start since finishing a close 4th in the Perth Cup over 2400 metres at Ascot on January 1. It was a great win first-up from Numerian in the Hollindale and he’s come on very well since. He loves this track and we always thought he’d take more improvement out of his last run and he looks to have done so. The forecast for the rest of the week looks pretty good but it won’t matter as he’s versatile. He’s definitely our number one seed but Fawkner Park is also a good chance.

Horse: Bois D’Argent
Message: (Saturday, Brisbane Race 9, Doomben Cup) Bois D’Argent is coming off a last start 3rd to the Chris Waller-trained Bonny Ezra in the Gold Coast Cup over 2400 metres on May 11. He’s coming back to 2000 metres, which is more his go, and he had to carry a lot of weight (61kg) that day and is a good honest galloper,

Horse: Fawkner Park
Message: (Saturday, Brisbane Race 9, Doomben Cup) Fawkner Park won the Listed Albury Cup over 2000 metres in March and was then freshened to claim the Listed Wagga Cup over the same trip on May 3. He was very impressive coming from last to win the Wagga Cup. He’s another European import who we brought over and has a fair bit of class and has gone through the grades nicely. He was favourite for the (Group 1) Metropolitan at one stage last year but his form tailed off after he won his first four runs for us.

From Kim Waugh

Thur 23rd May, 2024

Horse: Bethencourt
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Fujitsu Airstage Hcp) A fetlock issue had the seven-year-old at a crossroads 12 months ago, his owners opted to pursue a lengthy process of surgery and rehabilitation. The owners were great getting the operation done. They could have easily just retired him, but he was still producing and going so well, so we did the surgery and to come back and win first-up (1600m at Gosford last month) was pretty good. With superior form on rain-affected tracks, Bethencourt will be advantaged by any give in the ground. He might venture up to Queensland a bit later. He’s been over a mile to 2000 (metres), but I think a mile is his sweet spot. We’ll get through his next run and decide what we want to do.

From Matthew Dunn

Thur 23rd May, 2024

Horse: Oceans Of Energy
Message: (Saturday, Brisbane Race 8, The Roses) In what will be her fifth run this campaign in the Group 2 The Roses, Oceans Of Energy will be looking to bounce back after two unplaced results in black-type company at her most recent outings. When I pushed the button the other day, she just went. She’ll improve a bit and the run last time was good in the conditions (heavy track at Sunshine Coast on May 11). She can really come on this week, and I’d say she’ll progress to the (Queensland) Oaks. Michael (Rodd) rode her really well last time and he’ll stay on her.

From Chris Waller

Thur 23rd May, 2024

Horse: Kovalica
Message: (Saturday, Brisbane Race 9, Doomben Cup) The anniversary of Kovalica’s biggest success comes up in the next week and he will chase his first win since last year’s Queensland Derby when he steps out in this Saturday’s Doomben Cup. He finished 9th in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile early last month before getting out to 2000m in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, in which he finished 5th. After the Derby last year, we decided to go the shorter route and he just missed in an Epsom (Handicap) – he was nosed out and run 2nd – then went to the Golden Eagle and things didn’t work out. So, he’s now back into the swing of things over 2000 metres and hopefully it’s onto The Q22 after that (Doomben Cup). He’s never had an issue, he’s got no soreness, he’s got no major problems, he just needs a bit of distance.