Trainer Kelly Schweida received some consolation for the defeat of Agitate earlier in the day when Cape Kidnappers returned to the winner’s stall in the Listed $80,000 Sita Australia Chief De Beers Handicap (1110m) at Doomben today.
Agitate was sent out the $2.20 favourite in the Listed $100,000 Nuturf Queensland Day (1200m) but after getting caught in an early speed battle was run down by $26 chance Eastern Prince.
But Cape Kidnappers ($2.70 favourite) gave Schweida and his followers no worries for concern as he skipped away in the straight for a comfortable win over the leader Adebisi ($12) and the Robert Heathcote trained Excellantes ($12).
Cape Kidnappers was having his second run back from a spell today and Schweida blamed himself for his first up defeat at Doomben two weeks ago when he went into the underdone.
“It was probably my fault he got beat the other day. He doesn’t get much work because of his injuries,” Scwheida said.
“The only benefit he gets is from trials or races and with all the forecast of rain around if they wash the trials out then I am in trouble so we took the dry track. You know he just pulled up big and was three deep.
“He was able to get the gun run today.”
Punters would have been happy with Damian Browne a long way from home after he was able to get the perfect sit on the fence behind Adebisi who set up a genuine pace in the early and middle stages.
Michael Cahill let Adebisi slip away in the straight but that only opened up the run for Cape Kidnappers who strode away to score a comfortable win over Adebisi who fought on well for second with Excellantes also battling on well for third.