Luck deserts Wicked Intent in Sires’ Produce barrier draw

Luck has deserted smart colt Wicked Intent again in the barrier draw for the Group 2 $250,000 Mitavite Australia BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Wicked Intent has drawn  another horror gate in the Sires' Produce Stakes at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Wicked Intent has drawn another horror gate in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

A wide barrier was the cause of Wicked Intent’s first up defeat when second to the Liam Birchley trained Blueberry Hill in the Group 2 $175,000 Bollinger Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 9.

The Chris Munce trained Wicked Intent had to work hard from barrier twelve in the fifteen horse field to find the lead and was only caught by Blueberry Hill in the last fifty metres.

The Wicked Style colt looks like he is in for another tough run from gate fourteen in the sixteen horse Sires’ Produce Stakes field.

Damian Browne is faced again with the task of letting Wicked Intent slide across from the wide gate but will have more time this week from the 1350m start.

Blueberry Hill has drawn ten, the same barrier she had when she won the Champagne Classic and Larry Cassidy will have no trouble burying her away in the middle of the pack as he did last start.

Blueberry Hill’s stablemate Pepperano was also out of luck and has drawn one inside Wicked Intent at gate thirteen with Tye Angland to ride again.

The Chris Waller trained Counterattack made up plenty of ground at his first Brisbane Winter Carnival start when fourth in the Champagne Classic and will appreciate the step up in distance.

Hugh Bowman was board last start and sticks with the Redoute’s Choice colt who has drawn barrier six.

The Nick Olive trained Single Gaze was always near the tail of the field when ninth in the Champagne Classic and has been given the visitor’s drew, coming up with the extreme outside gate while her stablemate, last start Canterbury winner Bring A Secret, has drawn the rails.

Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick is stepping Typing up in grade after the filly scored a comfortable two lengths win in the Listed $100,000 Channel 7 Dalrello Stakes (1200m) at Toowoomba  on May 2.

Leading jockey Jim Byrne will be aboard again with Typing drawing worse than midfield at gate eleven.

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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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