Tactics may change for Cape Kidnappers after wide draw
TRACKWORK loafer Cape Kidnappers may be forced back into his former role of on-pacer in Saturday’s Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben after coming up with another outside draw.
Cape Kidnappers opened third favourite for the Lough Neagh on Wednesday, with Big Money and Whiskey Allround more fancied in early markets.
On paper, Whiskey Allround seems set to enjoy a cosy run up front, unless a rival is ridden against their more recent racing pattern.
The resurgent Tony Gollan-trained four-year-old clocked quicker time and sectionals than Big Money on the same day a fortnight ago and now drops 3.5kg going against the open horses.
Cape Kidnappers led when winning four of his first five career starts but in the past 18 months has been ridden off the speed.
Trainer Kelly Schweida fears he still may be one run short going to 1350m second-up and would have preferred a kinder draw.
“I’d sooner have one than 12,” Schweida said.
“Fortunately it’s a pretty good start and there doesn’t look a lot of pressure, so I would say he won’t be too far away.
“The 1350m is not ideal second up, but the trouble with him is that we don’t get many runs out of him in a preparation. I only plan for about three or four each time.”
Schweida said there was a very good reason why Cape Kidnappers improved sharply second-up last time in, which he hoped would be the same again on Saturday.
“He gets nothing out of trackwork, so racing is the only way I can get him really fit,” the trainer said.
“He never does anything on the track, so I can’t get a guide on that, but he seems sound and that’s the main thing.”
Gollan could have run Whiskey Allround in the 1200m Open Handicap, but felt the time was right to test him beyond 1200m for the first time.
Schweida also welcomes back Cape Kidnappers’ half-sister Tiger Dimejan to racing at Doomben on Saturday.
“This could be her best preparation,” he said.
Rob Heathcote has said Buffering will miss next year’s Melbourne and Sydney autumn carnivals to be prepared exclusively for the Brisbane winter.
Heathcote is desperate to secure a hometown Group 1 win for the seven-year-old, who will be having a tilt on his sixth straight Winter Carnival.