Brian Christopher to give a bold sight in front - but Al warns not to take short odds
Trainer Al Barnes is hoping Brian Christopher shows more on race night than he does at home - because otherwise punters could be getting very bad value when the horse makes his Queensland debut at Redcliffe on Wednesday night.
The three-year-old lines up in race seven and being a Kiwi, first-up in Brisbane, Barnes says he’s sure to touch a short price.
Brian Christopher arrives in Brisbane the winner of one of his eight races - against poor opposition at Manawatu - but none of his rivals have been any more successful.
That, however, does little to inspire Barnes.
“I can’t go any weaker than this and I hope he leads and wins but I’m not confident. He just doesn’t have any speed.
“He’s not interested in showing anything at home, I just hope he’s different on race night. Some of them can improve in a race but he’ll be no value.”
In his win at Palmerston North last December, driver Zachary Butcher reported Brian Christopher was very one-paced and Barnes says that’s why he hopes he can make the lead from four on Wednesday night and roll along.
“He’s not blistering out of the gate but he does have gate speed. He should give a bold sight in front but Hayden reckons he’s a better chaser. Once that horse got past him in his trial he seemed to try a bit harder.”
Trialled over 1660 metres at Albion Park on May 28, Brian Christopher worked his way to the front and battled away well for a close third when headed by eventual winner Couldntmisafalcon. The heat was won in a moderate mile rate of 1:58 with closing sectionals of 58.3 and 28.5.
“He trailed as well as he can go.”
Brian Christopher, who last raced on January 28 at Cambridge, clocked a mile rate of 2:01.7 in winning his 2000 metre race at Palmerston North and will need to go a lot faster on Wednesday.
Man Of Action won’t need to improve to be right in the hunt in the third race - he just needs a little more luck.
Drawn three on the second row for the third time in a row, Man Of Action tackles 2040 metres on Wednesday, with Barnes predicting he’ll still be competitive.
“It’s a bad draw but I’m happy with him, he’s racing really well and seems to be trying again.”
Last start on June 11, in a stronger field at Albion Park, Man Of Action made ground from four deep on the markers in a mile rate of 1:54.9 to be 11.4 metres fifth behind Nesters Hill.
“A win isn’t far away, he only needs a bit of luck.”
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Race 2: Frisco Bay
“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”
Race 2: Lenny Lincoln
“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”
Race 3: Obadiah Dragon
“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”
Race 3: Leo Lincoln
“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”