GEAR CHANGES FOR FEATURE RACE DUO

Nov 23, 2018

Trainer Chris Munce is hoping gear changes on feature race runners NIKITAS and CHAMP ELECT will prove a positive move at Doomben tomorrow.

NIKITAS, who lines up in the Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m), will swap blinkers for a cross-over nose band in an attempt to help him settle better than last start when he over raced on the speed at the Sunshine Coast.

In the Listed Fillies and Mares Classic, CHAMP ELECT will wear a tongue tie for the first time in what marks her first-up assignment since May.

Trainer Chris Munce previews both feature race runners along with stablemates LUCKY JACKSON, CEOL NA MARA and OURS TO KEEP, who are all lining up on the Recognition Stakes Day program:

Doomben: Tattersall's Racing Club Saturday 24, November 2018 | View race field

Race 2 - 12:57PM ROBERT WHITE JEWELLERS BenchMark 70 Handicap (1640 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
5. Lucky Jackson (2)Jim Byrne     58kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "He's drawn beautifully in barrier 2 and he's starting to get out to a more comfortable distance out to the mile. I'm hoping Jimmy is able to take advantage of the barrier and not get as far back as last start but we'll leave it up to him where he's comfortable. If he can get into his rhythm around Doomben, I'm hoping he can run a much improved race for us."


Race 3 - 1:32PM LAZY YAK EAGLE WAY STAYERS SERIES - HEAT - QTIS 3-Y-O Handicap (1640 METRES) 
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
10. Ceol Na Mara (9)Ron Stewart    54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "It's a similar field to what she was in two weeks ago at the Sunshine Coast so there's no reason she can't run a nice race for us again. I'll leave it up to Ronnie Stewart where she settles in the run. She's done very well since her last run and looks terrific."


Race 4 - 2:08PM WINNING EDGE PRESENTATIONS BenchMark 90 Handicap (1050 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
12. Ours to Keep (2)Ryan Wiggins     54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "He has drawn well and this looks like a nice race to kick him off in. We're looking forward to seeing him return to the races."


Race 7 - 4:08PM LEGACY FILLIES & MARES CLASSIC (1200 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
2. Champ Elect (9)Larry Cassidy     56kg

TRAINER COMMENTS:  "It’s a very strong Fillies and Mares Listed race. She’s had the three trials going into it so I feel she’s had enough grounding to go to the races and race competitively. Obviously she’s lacking a bit of race fitness after being off the scene for a very long time but I can’t do much more with her and she’s ready to go to the races. I’d say there will be good speed in a high pressure race. We’re experimenting with a tongue tie, which she’s galloped in and Larry is happy to leave it on. Whatever she does on Saturday she will improve on."


Race 8 - 4:47PM SKY RACING TATTERSALL'S RECOGNITION STAKES (1350 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
13. Nikitas (12)Ron Stewart      54kg

TRAINER COMMENTS: "I've been very happy with him since his last run at Caloundra, I thought that he over-raced with the blinkers on when he was up on the speed and it was only the last little bit that his condition ran out. He's got the blinkers off and a cross-over nose band on so from the awkward draw, we'll ride him quiet and hopefully Ronnie can find the back of the right horse and hit the line strongly."


Gold Coast: Gold Coast Turf Club Saturday 24, November 2018 | View race field

Race 2 - 12:38PM PACIFICA TRADING SEAFOOD SPECIALISTS Class 6 Plate (1400 METRES)
ColoursNo. / Horse Name / BarrierJockeyWeight
6. Sky Lake (1)Nathan Day    54kg

 TRAINER COMMENTS: "I've elected to go to the Gold Coast  as I think the 1400m is a bit more suitable than the 1200m at this stage of her preparation, and being on the minimum in a small field gives her a good opportunity to utilise the light weight and roll forward. Nathan Day knows her well and she looks a picture of health, she's worked very nicely since her last start defeat at Ipswich. If she can control the race from the front I expect her to kick strongly and be very hard to beat for us."