Eagle Farm trainer Liam Birchley will step last start Doomben winner Time To Plunder back up in distance with his next mission the Listed $175,000 Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on December 20.
Birchley dropped Time To Plunder back in distance after an unlucky second in the $100,000 Apia Celebrating Greys Challenge (1400m) at Flemington on November 6 and the six year old responded with a late flourish to win the Listed $100,000 Brisclean Keith Noud Handicap (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
“They ran along which really suited him. He goes well when there’s a lot of speed on,” Birchley said.
“He’ll put his feet up for a while now and have his next run in the Lough Neagh.”
And Birchley will consider stepping up in distance again if Time To Plumber runs well in the Lough Neagh Stakes and head to Toowoomba for the Listed $175,000 Bernborough Handicap (1625m) on New Year’s Eve.
“I’ll see how he goes in the Lough Neagh and won’t rule him out of stepping up to the mile in the Bernborough if he runs well again,” Birchley said.
Birchley had one of his better days at the track last Saturday with Time To Plunder being one of three winners he had on the day.
The popular Eagle Farm trainer also saddled up debutant two year old winner Pepperano and Royal Jester who took out the 1615m Class 6 Plate.
First starter Pepperano, with Chris Munce in the saddle, surprised punters but not the stable when sent out a $7.50 chance before leading all of the way in downing Patronizing and the odds on favourite Frequendly in the $65,000 Capture The Feeling QTIS Two Year Old Handicap (1110m).
Pepperano will now be set for the Magic Millions Carnival at the Gold Coast in January and gives Birchely a good chance of winning his first $2m BMW Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m).
Time To Plunder has been a consistent performer for the Birchley stable with a fifty per cent place strike rate which includes eight wins, five seconds and two thirds from thirty starts and has earned almost $300,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for his connections.