O’Shea, Cahill chase sec­ond Bris­bane plum

Townsville Bulletin - - Raceguide -

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.’’

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