Larry Cassidy will immediately start a suspension at the end of tomorrow’s Eagle Farm meeting which will see him suspended throughout the next week including the Stradbroke Handicap.
As a result he’ll be looking for a massive day and the QTC Cup will be his number goal to go out on a high.
It will take a massive effort on his behalf though as he saddles up Listen Son from out in barrier 19.
There’s no doubt the gelding has plenty of ability but from there against such a good field it’ll take a career best performance to get anywhere near the line first.
Trainer Tony Gollan has him in top condition for the run and he’s trying to remain optimistic about his chances.
“He’s a go forward horse, Larry will just press forward from the gate so I suppose it just depends on how much petrol he uses getting across,” he said.
“I think we’ll have the whole field inside our horse.”
Listen son was very impressive in the BRC Sprint where it looked like he’d lead all the way over the 1350m.
Only a miraculous last furlong from Woorim denied him the win and Gollan says he’s improved from that run.
“We’re very happy with the horse, Larry knows the horse inside out,” he said.
“He’s just come on that little bit from two weeks ago.”
While many trainers of get back horses are excited about going back to Eagle Farm Gollan is confident it will benefit his horse as well.
“He’s hitting his best at this stage of the prep and we’re looking forward to getting back to Eagle Farm with him,” he said.
“This is definitely the best field he’s faced there.
“We’d just love to see him get his head out and win a nice race.”
If he can pull off a big upset then there’s no reason he won’t have a chance at doing the same the next week in the Stradbroke Handicap as well.
“That’s always been our pipe dream,” Gollan said.
“We knew from early on that we’d have to probably win this race to qualify.
“If he wins tomorrow and pulls up well then we’d love to be in the Stradbroke.”
Also in action at eagle farm tomorrow will be Spirit Of Boom in the Daybreak Lover.
He’s a horse that’s certainly shown a mountain of ability and if he can behave himself better than he did in his last start this just might be his race.
“He probably cost himself the race (Fred Best Stakes) in the first 200 – 300m,” Gollan said.
“He looked the winner but just couldn’t get there in the last bit.
“If he pays a bit more attention in the first furlong he should be there in the last furlong.”