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Trainer to make late call with Listed placegetter
By Glenn Davis

Gold Coast trainer Marcus Wilson will make a late call before deciding which race his Listed placegetter Wudang Blade will contest at Ipswich on Friday.

Wilson has three runners entered for Ipswich but has already decided to scratch Fanx from the Maiden Handicap (1200m) with the Ipswich track rated a heavy 10.

Wudang Blade is entered for the QTIS Three-Year-Old Class One (800m) and the Class One Handicap (800m) while Majestic Shadow will run in the Maiden Handicap (2170m).

“They’re both good chances but I’m not sure which race Wudang Blade will run in just yet,” Wilson said.

“It’s a heavy 10 at the moment but if we continue to get fine weather it’ll probably come back into the soft range.

“I’m confident both will run well. Majestic Shadow has been knocking at the door but he’s a bit of a thinker.

“I’m taking the blinkers off and putting winkers on him for this race and it looks the right race for him.”

Majestic Shadow was beaten just over five lengths at his latest outing when fifth in an 800-metre Maiden at the Gold Coast on September 30.

Wilson is delighted with Wudang Blade who is having his first start since finishing ninth to the James Cummings-trained Revenire in the Bundamba Plate at Ipswich in June.

The Hidden Dragon gelding previously finished third on a heavy track behind Pardoe in the Listed Oxlade Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on May 20.

“He’s come back in great order and he won a barrier trial and ran the fastest time of the day at the Gold Coast last month,” he said.

“I’m probably leaning to running in the Class One but I’ll wait until race morning before making a final decision.

“He won his first start at Ipswich and was placed in a Listed race during the winter so he should run well.

“Blake Shinn rode him in the Oxlade Stakes and he said he would have made it interesting had he drawn an alley that day.

“He’s got a high cruising speed and had to be used up too early on the heavy track.

“If he runs well at Ipswich I’m looking at taking him to town in two weeks for a 1000-metre three-year-old race at Doomben.”

Racing Queensland webnews  October 5
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