Last start Festival Stakes winner Sweet Redemption is among the small list of nominations for the Listed $100,000 Tailored Furniture Solutions Brisbane Handicap (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Only nine horses were entered for the Brisbane Handicap this morning prompting the Brisbane Racing Club to extend the nomination deadline until 9am on Tuesday December 13, 2016.
Sweet Redemption has two wins and two seconds from her last four starts and will head to Brisbane on the back of a tough all the way win in the Group 3 $150,000 The Steel Builders Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on December 3.
The Tulloch Lodge Team of Gai Waterhouse ad Adrian Bott had the options of keeping the Snitzel mare in Sydney to run in the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday but opted to set her for the easier Listed Brisbane Handicap.
“We just thought it was an easier option for her,” Waterhouse told The Daily Telegraph.
Trainer Desleigh Forster has nominated Cylinder Beach for both the Brisbane Handicap and the Villiers Stakes but has indicated that she will run the four year old at Doomben.
“I am 90 per cent certain at this stage Cylinder Beach will be staying for the Brisbane Handicap as his final lead-up to the Bernborough and will miss the Villiers,” Forster told AAP.
“I wouldn’t imagine too many southern horses will come for the Brisbane Handicap,” Forster said.
Cylinder Beach was quick to get back into the winner’s stall and scored a first up come from behind win in the Listed $100,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Recognition Stakes (140m) at Eagle Farm on November 26.
The Peter Robl trained Centre Pivot is also a dual nominations for the two feature 1600m events on Saturday but the More Than Ready six year old is struggling to gain any good form and is coming off a last start ninth to Famous Seamus in the Listed $$125,000 Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury 0n November 3.
Top Tone from the Lorraine Erhart stable was back in winning form last start with an all the win in a 1600m BenchMark85 at Eagle Farm on November 19 and is among the original nominations for the Brisbane Handicap.
Man Of His Word is also a last start winner for Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill and will be stepping up in class after taking out a 1500m Class 6 at Eagle Farm on December 3.
Early Nominations for the Brisbane Handicap: Bewhatyouwannabe, Centre Pivot, Cylinder Beach, Feltre, Frespanol, Heart Of A Warrior, Man Of His Word, Sweet Redemption, Top Tone.