The talk of
the town may be about country champ Jabiru Dreaming but trainer Tracy Green is
confident The Sixties can make it back-to-back wins at Doomben on Saturday.
Dreaming, a cult hero from Mt Isa, faces
the biggest test of his career when he takes on the city slickers for the first
time in the Ray White Keperra Handicap (1200m).
Dreaming is prepared by Patrick Inwood who took over as the five-year-old's
trainer in August last year when his brother Peter bought the gelding for his
partner Janelle Montgomery.
The son of
Invincible Spirit recorded his ninth consecutive win for Inwood when the bar
was raised to the Cleveland Bay Handicap (1200m) at Townsville in July.
noticed Jabiru Dreaming working at Eagle Farm this week and won't be
underestimating his chances.
him at the track this week and he doesn't look very big and looks lightly
framed," Green said.
he's got a good record up north and he's got nothing on his back with only 54
delighted with The Sixties since the seven-year-old recorded his second win
from his past three starts at Doomben last month.
into this race very well with the three kilogram claim for Kirk Matheson who
has been riding very well," Green said.
Sixties will carry only 54.5 kilos and it's a long time since he carried that
Newcastle sprinter Motspur as the main threat to The Sixties notching up win
number 12 from 46 starts.
biggest worry for mine is Motspur," Green said.
was getting home very strongly when The Sixties just beat him last start but
there doesn't look as much speed this time.
bloke hasn't gone backwards since his last win. He's like the energiser bunny
and came through the run very well.
not sure what to do with him after this run. It's his seventh run this campaign
and he's never raced this long before.
lost all his winter coat and it looks like velvet at the moment."
veterans The Jackal and Ollie Vollie, both 10-year-olds like Motspur, will be out to show the younger brigade how
hasn't won since scoring at Eagle Farm in January last year while Ollie Vollie is
coming off an easy victory in the Town Plate at Moree earlier this month.
Grills has won nine races with Ollie Vollie who started his career in Sydney
with Guy Walter.
hoping his recent Moree success will give Ollie Vollie some extra confidence
when he's reunited with Tim Bell.
Queensland webnews September 13
Photo: Trackside Photography