Cape Kidnappers to make amends at Doomben

Trainer Kelly Schweida has advised punters to ignore the trial of Cape Kidnappers in the lead-up to the gelding’s return in the Listed Chief De Beers Handicap.

Saturday’s 1110m Listed race will be Cape Kidnappers’ first start since he dumped Damian Browne at the start of the Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on December 20.

Schweida gave Cape Kidnappers a trial at Deagon on Tuesday and the gelding finished last in a field of four.

However, Schweida said Cape Kidnappers had been out to have an easy trial to gain fitness.

“The rain set us back as he missed a couple of jump-outs and he needed a hit-out,” Schweida said.

“It was a heavy ten for the trial and I told his jockey Ric McMahon not to knock him about. I am happy with the way he has been going.

“He goes well fresh, likes the track, likes the distance and he has drawn the inside barrier. So there are a few things in his favour.”

Browne returns as Cape Kidnapper’s race rider and will be out to even the score.

“He dipped at the start and threw me off so he owes me one,” Browne said.

Cape Kidnapper’s stablemate Miss Cover Girl is back in Brisbane after winning the Listed P J Bell Stakes at Randwick on Monday.

“It was a thrill and she has travelled home well,” Schweida said.

“I must admit it was a bit of shock when she led but she had a good blow after the race.”

Miss Cover Girl is now likely to chase some of the better fillies and mares races during the Brisbane winter carnival.


Story courtesy Mark Oberhardt


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