Trainer Desleigh Forster had mixed results at the barrier draw for her two runners in Saturday’s Listed $175,000 City Of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich.
Malvern Estate was well treated with barrier two while Chapter And Verse was out of luck and will jump from gate fifteen in the sixteen horse field.
Forster is hoping Malvern Estate can find the winner’s stall again after a long run outs but his recent consistent form shows that he is hasn’t been far off the pace with four placings from his last six starts and is coming off a last start fourth to Redouble in the Listed $125,000 Spear Chief Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on June 1.
“I know trainers talk about their horses being consistent and deserving a win. But he has raced in the best company and never been disgraced,” Forster told Racenet.
“The Eye Liner is perfect for him and it is probably going to be the right conditions with a softer surface.”
Forster had been hoping to qualify Chapter And Verse for last Saturday’s Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm, but at this stage will settle on a start in the Eye Liner Stakes and aim for next year’s Stradbroke Handicap.
“I said all along it would be no disaster if Chapter and Verse didn’t make the Stradbroke field this year,” Forster said.
“He is still on the up and next year was where I was really looking. I always had the Eye Liner in the back of my mind and it does look a nice race for him.”
Trainer Tony Gollan will saddle up four runners in the Eye Liner Stakes and also had mixed results at the barrier draw.
I’m A Rippa will be backing up after finishing fifteenth in the Stradbroke Handicap and has drawn nicely at barrier four, Snitch has drawn the rails, Coldstone has drawn five while Natch has drawn sixteen and will jump from the outside gate if there are no scratchings with the only emergency Astoria drawing gate seventeen.
Final field for the 2019 Eye Liner Stakes (1350m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x21145x800||MAN BOOKER||Daniel Morton||Blake Shinn||14||59kg||104|
|2||7x312x7030||I’M A RIPPA||Tony Gollan||Larry Cassidy||4||58.5kg||103|
|3||x195x18002||VIOLATE||Brent Stanley||Matthew McGillivray||9||58.5kg||103|
|4||0x210x5100||COLDSTONE (FR)||Tony Gollan||Ryan Maloney||5||58kg||102|
|5||0x42158173||MR MARBELLOUZ||Kevin Kemp||Baylee Nothdurft (a)||8||54.5kg||95|
|6||1495710×90||PRIORITISE||Steve Tregea||Ryan Wiggins||3||54.5kg||95|
|7||x15221x140||CHAPTER AND VERSE||Desleigh Forster||–||15||54kg||92|
|8||06x9507x27||PETROLOGY||Matthew Dunn||Jim Byrne||6||54kg||92|
|9||310x01008x||BALBOA ROCKS||Darryl Hansen||Les Tilley||13||54kg||91|
|10||6939527×30||DREAMS APLENTY||John Zielke||Sean Cormack||7||54kg||91|
|11||31x32648x3||GAULOIS||James Cummings||Michael Cahill||12||54kg||90|
|12||7×76232434||MALVERN ESTATE||Desleigh Forster||Robbie Fradd||2||54kg||89.5|
|13||12x499x122||NATCH (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Brad Stewart||16||54kg||88|
|14||0615714×05||BEL BURGESS||David Murphy||Dale Smith||11||54kg||86|
|15||1110×69272||SNITCH||Tony Gollan||Glen Boss||1||54kg||86|
|17e||44235463×6||ASTORIA||Diane Murphy||Justin Stanley||17||54kg||83|