O’Shea, Cahill chase second Brisbane plum
FRESH from claiming black type success with Flying Alpha, trainer John O’Shea and jockey Michael Cahill will attempt to plunder a second Brisbane feature today, this time with Cool Front.
The pair enjoyed a great day out at Eagle Farm last Saturday when Flying Alpha atoned for several luckless performances in Sydney with victory in the Listed Just Now Quality.
Buoyed by her success, O’Shea and Cahill will attempt to repeat the dose when they combine with Cool Front in today’s $200,000 Doomben Stakes (1350m).
The six-year-old has been in career-best form since returning from a spell in November and is undefeated from two starts this campaign.
He will face a tough task with a handy field of sprinters accepting for the Listed race, headed by exciting four-year-old Natural Destiny.
An impressive last start winner of the Summer Stakes, the Gordon Yorketrained entire was yesterday the solid $2.50 TAB Sportsbet favourite ahead of Summer Stakes runnerup Hard To Catch ($4.20) with Cool Front on the third line of betting at $6.50.
Natural Destiny will be out to emulate Takeover Target who won both the Summer Stakes a n d Doomben Stakes last year but Yorke is planning to go even further and test his horse over the 1615m of next month’s Bernborough Hcp.
O’Shea has a healthy respect for Natural Destiny but questioned how he would handle his first attempt beyond 1200m.
‘‘He’s a fair horse but it is his first go beyond six furlongs,’’ O’Shea said.
‘‘I’m not really one to worry about the opposition though, I just like to make sure my own house in in order.’’
O’Shea has been doing a good job of that this season.
He has already trained 28 winners in Sydney and is third behind heavyweights John Hawkes (61) and Gai Waterhouse (43) in the Sydney trainers’ premiership.
He will get the chance to add to that tally at his home track of Randwick today when he starts favourite Friday Creek in the Group Two Villiers Stakes (1600m).
O’Shea was rapt when Friday Creek came up with gate two in the showpiece but when Cool Front drew the inside alley for his Doomben assignment he was far from thrilled.
‘‘The gate’s no good for him,’’ O’Shea said.
‘‘He’s a backmarker and he’s in danger of getting cluttered up from there.’’