Queensland horse Carry Me Bluey will continue on his path towards the Listed Bernborough Handicap at Doomben on New Year’s Eve despite his second placing in the Listed Recognition Stakes last weekend.
The four-year-old gelding finished second to Wonderful Lass by a nose after a less than favourable run throughout the race.
Carry Me Bluey jumped near last from the barriers in the $82,000 race and was driven quickly up on the outside by jockey Chris Munce to settle near the leader.
Ordinarily a backmarker, Carry Me Bluey was unable to outsprint Wonderful Lass, who out-bobbed him on the line.
The Toowoomba based four-year-old will now continue on his original path towards the $200,000 Bernborough Handicap, which is part of Brisbane’s annual Summer Series.
“There’s a quality mile down there in 2 weeks and then to the Bernborough Handicap,” trainer Norm Hilton said.
“He should still be pretty well down in the weights.
“We’ll probably give him a little break after that.”
Carry Me Bluey will have a short spell before being put into work ahead of a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.
Hilton has told that the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on April 7 and the $2 million Doncaster Handicap at Randwick on April 21 are both on Carry Me Bluey’s autumn agenda.
“All going well we’ll give him a campaign in Sydney in the autumn,” he said.
“I’m always thinking of the George Ryder and the Doncaster.”
Carry Me Bluey has performed consistently at city grade in Brisbane after graduating from local races in his home town of Toowoomba.
The Carry The Flag gelding has won six of his 18 race starts and has only finished outside the placings on three occasions.
Carry Me Bluey has already won more than $150,000 in prize money and a win in the Bernborough Handicap would take his stakes to close to $300,000.