By Glenn Davis
Trainer Desleigh Forster is hoping to reap the rewards of her decision to use a claiming apprentice for the first time on Cannyescent at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Promising three kilo claimer Corey Bayliss will partner Cannyescent in the Open Handicap (1400m).
Bayliss is one of south-east Queensland’s top apprentices along with Baylee Nothdurft and Jag Guthmann-Chester who have a combined total of 25 rides at the meeting.
Forster entered Cannyescent for last week’s Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba before scratching the gelding after he drew a horror barrier.
Cannyescent is yet to win in five starts for Forster but has been consistent with three placings.
The six-year-old finished a close seventh to the Toby Edmonds-trained Tyzone in the Listed Goldmarket Handicap at the Gold Coast on March 23.
Senior jockey Mark Du Plessis has been Cannyescent’s regular rider while Paul Hammersley rode him in the Goldmarket.
The barrier lotto has fallen in Forster’s favour with Cannyescent drawing perfectly in barrier five for his Eagle Farm assignment.
“His Goldmarket run was very good and he gives the impression he’s looking for 1400 metres now,” Forster said.
“His sectionals in the Goldmarket were as good as the winner and it’s a bonus to have Corey’s claim as we originally thought he’d get more weight.
“He’s got a nice gate for a change.”
Forster is undecided on a specific race for Cannyescent during the Brisbane winter carnival.
“We’ll get this race out of the way first but he raced well in Melbourne in Group company so he’s proved he’s up to them,” she said.
Cannyescent started his career in Victoria with trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht winning his maiden on debut in August, 2015.
Soon after he was transferred to David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig before joining Forster last winter.
Sydney raider Tonsor looks the main threat to Cannyescent and is back in Brisbane following his sizzling four length win over 1350 metres at Doomben last month.
Warwick Farm trainer Matthew Smith has a big opinion of Tonsor who is yet to miss a place with five wins and three placings in his eight-start career.
In latest TAB fixed odds markets, Cannyescent is a $16 outsider behind $1.85 favourite Tonsor.
Racing Queensland webnews April 12