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Eagle Farm trainer Liam Birchley is talking up the chances of Havasay who is chasing his fifth win on the trot when he lines up in the Listed $100,000 Hogs Breath Café Australia Bribie Handicap (1050m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Havasay, above with white cap and blue sleeves, is chasing his fifth win in succession in the Bribie Handicap at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Havasay, above with white cap and blue sleeves, is chasing his fifth win in succession in the Bribie Handicap at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Havasay hasn’t raced since making it four wins in a row with his victory in a 1200m Doomben Handicap on September 2 but Birchley has primed the five year old for a slick first up performance with a barrier trial win over 900m at the Gold Coast on December 7.

“It took him a while to win a race. But now he has struck form I am confident he can go on with it,” Birchley told AAP.

“Not many horses win four races in a row anywhere.”

“But he really started to live up to the ability I always knew he had. He had a relatively light four-year-old season and it is paying off.

“Even as a two-year-old we thought enough of him to run him in some Listed races before he had won a race at all.”

Birchley is aiming to have Havasay peak on Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast on January 13 and has to select one of two options, the $1m Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m) or the $1m Magic Millions Cup (1400m).

“I really have to start him on Saturday the way the programming falls. I will probably accept in the Magic Millions QTIS race and Magic Million Cup with him,” Birchley said.

“Time is starting to run out and we will then have to find another race for him before the Millions day.”

Birchley is keen to see how Havasay handles the step up to Stakes company in the Bribie Handicap so as to get a good guide where the Rothesay gelding will be better placed in the future.

“It is consistently a strong race and it will give us a very good idea where we are at,” Birchley said.

Matt McGillivray will continue his association with Havasay who has drawn barrier eight in the fourteen horse Bribie Handicap field.

Handy five year old Stella Ombra scored a hat trick of wins before a spell but the Kelly Schweida trained gelding will have to overcome barrier thirteen if he is to keep his winning run intact.

Premiership leader Jeff Lloyd has secured the mount on Stella Ombra who has to carry the 59kg equal top weight with Pinch River (barrier 5, Ron Stewart).

Brisbane’s leading trainer Tony Gollan will saddle up Khalama (barrier 7) who is stepping up in class after winning a 1050m BenchMark 90 Handicap at Doomben on November 25 with Jim Byrne retaining the mount in the Bribie Handicap.

Final field for 2017 Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m)

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 3x906x110x PINCH RIVER Robert Heathcote Ron Stewart 5 59kg 94
2 9x4416111x STELLA OMBRA Kelly Schweida Jeff Lloyd 13 59kg 94
3 296021245x IRISH CONSTABULARY John Symons & Sheila Laxon Micheal Hellyer 11 58.5kg 93
4 06320×6779 STRATURBO Gary Portelli Damian Browne 9 57.5kg 91
5 4646x1111x HAVASAY Liam Birchley Matthew McGillivray 8 56kg 88
6 26307×2503 BULLPIT Toby Edmonds Tegan Harrison 10 54.5kg 85
7 x111x5021x ALL OVER BOSANOVA Mel Eggleston Luke Rolls 2 54kg 86
8 49x31153x1 KHALAMA Tony Gollan Jim Byrne 7 54kg 86
9 021×620111 TARZAN Stuart Kendrick Luke Tarrant 1 54kg 84
10 1111x1202x INVINCIBLE EXPRESS David Vandyke 12 54kg 83
11 305x1354x3 COLINELLE Steven O’dea Brad Stewart 3 54kg 79.5
12 x5328147x2 LAND OFFICE Darryl Ward Anthony Allen 4 54kg 79
13 5025126113 ZOUZOUKAKIA Kevin Kemp Michael Cahill 14 54kg 79
14 8088x90x36 FREQUENDLY Les Ross James Orman 6 54kg 72.5

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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