Adebisi not a certain Doomben starter

Adebisi’s affinity for Doomben racetrack prompted connections to bypass the chance to tackle Group company in Sydney on Saturday.

However, the horse is no certainty to run in Brisbane either after drawing the outside barrier in the Powerade Handicap (1200m).

Trainer Desleigh Forster has declared apprentice Luke Dittman for Adebisi but she is undecided on whether the horse will take his place.

“Luke is apprenticed on the Gold Coast now and he has been riding well. I thought riding a high profile horse like Adebisi would help give him a kick along but we might have to wait for another day,” Forster said.

Forster had entered Adebisi for the Group Two Shorts at Randwick on Saturday but decided only to accept at Doomben.

“The Sydney race looked a bit strong for him at this stage of his career and his Doomben form has been outstanding of late,” she said.

“We gave him a real chance of winning at Doomben on Saturday, even with the big weight, but there are some speed horses drawn inside him.”

Adebisi has won seven of his 15 starts at Doomben but his recent form at the track is even better.

He has started three times at Doomben in the past 12 months for two wins and a close second.

“There is no doubt he is better at Doomben these days than anywhere else,” Forster said.

“But the alley is a worry and I will talk with syndicate head Doug Forbes later in the week before deciding if he will run.”

Forster said she also had the option to give Adebisi a short break and bring him back for the Group Three George Moore Stakes at Doomben in December.

Adebisi cost $15,000 as a yearling and is raced by a syndicate headed by Forbes who is Forster’s main client.

The six-year-old has won $866,000 prize money and Forster hasn’t given up hope he can pass the $1 million mark.

“It might not be on Saturday but he is far from finished in the winner’s circle,” Forster said.

Meanwhile, trainer Tony Gollan will again have four runners in Brisbane’s open sprint race after accepting with Rocket to Glory, Gundy Son, The Storeman and Theft.

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