While top Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote is away on holidays, his stable foreman Melissa Leitch has had a run of success with the stable’s horses back home.
Ms Leitch has tallied up five metropolitan wins for Heathcote while he has been away, including Woorim’s victory in the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap last Saturday.
The foreman attributes the success to the vast efforts put in by the entire Heathcote stable team.
“It’s been a team effort and it’s not just me,” Leitch said.
Ms Leitch is hoping the winning run can continue when she lines up four runners at Doomben tomorrow.
She believes Diamond Heist in the Sky Racing Maiden Handicap and Tomboy in the Qardss Handicap are her best chances.
Diamond Heist, who has what is known as a white eye, finished an unlucky second in his 1110 metre maiden race at Doomben last month.
“When a horse has a white eye they generally get spooked at everything that moves,” Ms Leitch said.
“He does a lot of things in fear and we’ve tried using blinkers on him in barrier trials and trackwork but he goes too hard with them on.
“He’s not an easy horse to ride because of that but we’re hoping Damian Browne can nurse him along.
“His problem of hanging has only been in races as he runs as straight as a die in trackwork.”
Apprentice jockey Ashley Butler will ride the horses after experiencing success aboard Tomboy last start.
“Tomboy drew wide last time and never had any luck when she was caught out three wide,” Ms Leitch said.
“It was a great win and she was going away from them at the end.”
While none of tomorrow’s runners are likely to take part in the Melbourne spring carnival, Heathcote will have a promising team of runners, including Buffering and Woorim, to take down south later this year.