The prospect of a wet track for the Listed $175,000 City Of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday has put a dampener on the chances of Toowoomba sprinter Cantbuybetter.
The Ipswich track was rated a heavy 8 on Friday morning and while there is only a little chance of further rain heading into the weekend, there is not a lot of drying weather.
Cantbuybetter is yet to be tested on a heavy track but has one win and two placings from five starts on a soft rated track but trainer Ben Currie won’t offer any excuses if the five year old gets beat.
“The only doubt with him is the track,” Currie told Racing Queensland News.
“He doesn’t like it too wet but there won’t be any excuses.”
Currie said that Cantbuybetter races best with his runs spaced and that is why has had a little freshen up since winning the Listed $100,000 Singapore Turf Club Members’ Handicap (1600m) at Doomben on May 13.
“He had a little freshen up after the Member’s Cup and he’s flying on the tracks,” Currie said.
“This is not first-up but he goes very well fresh and he’s got a good record at the trip.”
Cantbuybetter is racing in career best form with a win three starts back in 1300m BenchMark 75 Handicap at Toowoomba on Weetwood Handicap Day on April 8 followed by a third behind Single Gaze and stablemate Col ‘N’ Lil in the Listed $100,000 Mandate Tails Stakes (1600m) at Doomben on April 22.
Josh Oliver is the new rider for Cantbuybetter in the Eye Liner Stakes, replacing Jeff Lloyd, and the five year old Casino Prince gelding will get a nice run from barrier seven in the sixteen horse field.
Cantbuybetter is well in contention in the betting for the Eye Liner Stakes at $8.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au who have the Team Snowden trained Acatour as the $5 favourite in an open betting race.
On the second line of betting at $6 is the Toby Edmonds trained The Virginian just ahead of Perfect Dare at $7.50.