Rain on radar of Eye Liner prospects
THE weather will play a major part in the make-up of the field for Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich.
Several horses who failed to make the field for the $1.5million Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben on Saturday were expected to run a week later in the Eye Liner (1350m).
But rain is predicted Ipswich for the next four days and not expected to clear until later in week,
Trainer Matt Dunn has earmarked the Eye Liner for Perfect Dare who was third in the Group 2 Moreton Cup at his last start. But Dunn said Perfect Dare had an aversion to wet tracks and he would have to watch the weather.
Likewise, Toby Edmonds is keeping tabs on the rain for The Virginian who was first emergency for Stradbroke but missed a run.
“I had the Eye Liner earmarked for him but we will just have to wait and see now,” Edmonds said.
indicated mare Col ‘N’ Lil, who had her first run for him on Saturday would race on for another season.
But Col ‘N’ Lil was now unlikely to run in the Ipswich Cup on Saturday after being unplaced Saturday.
“She will probably go for good spell and then race on until next winter,” Edmonds said.
The weather also influenced Desleigh Forster to miss the Eye Liner with Too Good To Refuse who was beaten a nose at Doomben on Saturday.
“The Eye Liner to be his race after he was fourth emergency in the Stradbroke. But I didn’t want to run him on a rain-affected track at Ipswich so ran at Doomben,” she said.
“He will now go to the Glasshouse Mountains Sprint in a fortnight at Caloundra.”
COL Hodges, the voice of racing in the central and western parts of NSW for almost 50 years, has been recognised with a Medal the Order Of Australia (OAM).