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Talented mare Bidii Babe begins her Magic Millions campaign at Doomben on Saturday but trainer Rob Heathcote isn’t expecting a winning return.
Bidii Babe will be having her first start since failing in the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara at Doomben in June when she tackles the Aitkenvale Family Health Care Centre Open Handicap (1050m).
The five-year-old finished 10th to Tycoon Tara in the Tatt’s Tiara after earlier claiming the Listed Bright Shadow Stakes on a heavy track at Doomben in May.
Last summer Bidii Babe finished third in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares race at the Gold Coast.
“She ran a good race to finish third in the Magic Millions race last year and that’s her aim this campaign,” Heathcote said.
“She’s coming along well but she still has her winter coat and she’ll improve with the run.
“I’m planning to give her two runs then a short break before the Magic Millions.”
Heathcote has booked Ron Stewart to partner Bidii Babe who has won five of her 16 starts.
“She’s a quality mare but I don’t think she can beat Tony Gollan’s horse Tiyatrolani as she’ll be too quick for her,” Heathcote said.
“On paper her runs don’t look as good as what they really were.
“She won the Bright Shadow last winter but then had no luck when she was caught wide in the (Listed) Helen Coughlan and had no luck in the Tatt's Tiara.”
Heathcote also is hopeful of a strong performance from Lauterbrunnen who steps up in distance in the Padua College Open Handicap (1640m).
The seven-year-old has had two starts back this campaign with his latest a close fourth over 1200 metres to stablemate Hopfgarten at Doomben on October 14.
“It was a good run last time but the programming hasn’t suited him,” Heathcote said.
“He’s stepping up to 1600 metres from 1200 after three weeks which is not ideal.
“But 1600 metres is his best distance and he’s been working well so I’m expecting a good run.
“The biggest concern for him is whether there’s a pronounced leader’s bias at Doomben like last week.”
Racing Queensland webnews November 3