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Trainer Chris Anderson is hopeful new stable acquisition Tibrogargan Miss can make a winning debut for the stable in the Cannonball Series at Kilcoy on Friday.
Kilcoy is a saucer-like track and is often referred to as the "Moonee Valley of the north" and like the famous Melbourne venue barriers are critical.
Tibrogargan Miss, a Jim Orman mount, has drawn barrier six in the Carlton Mid Cannonball Series over the 800-metre dash.
Anderson would have preferred a longer race to kick off the five-year-old mare’s new career under him but hasn’t been able to find a more suitable race for her.
“I would have preferred her to start off in a 1000-metre race somewhere but she’s a tricky horse to place,” Anderson said.
I'd like to take her to Doomben and run over 1000 metres in three weeks next start but if it panned out well the cannonball series is an option.
Tibrogargan Miss was formerly trained at Caloundra by Darryl Hansen and has won four of her 22 starts.
The daughter of Monashee Mountain was one of Brisbane’s best youngsters early in her career and was rated worthy enough for a trip to Sydney as a two-year-old.
In Sydney she was far from disgraced finishing third in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Warwick Farm before failing in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick in 2015.
Tibrogargan Miss hasn’t raced since finishing last in a field of six on a heavy track at the Sunshine Coast on January 4.
“She’s had a few issues in her time and I’ve only had her for a couple of weeks after she did four weeks pre-training,” Anderson said.
“She’s really pleased me in the short time I’ve had her after she had throat surgery.”
Anderson is one of the rising stars in Brisbane’s training ranks but rarely ventures to Kilcoy.
“I can’t recall the last time I had a runner at Kilcoy but I think Tibrogargan Miss has a great chance,” he said.
“She’s got a terrific record first-up with three wins from four starts and she’s such a nicely balanced mare I think Kilcoy should suit her.”
Anderson is unsure of Tibrogargan Miss’s immediate future but hasn’t ruled out chasing the remaining legs of the Cannonball Series.
“I’d like to take her to Doomben and run over 1000 metres in three weeks next start but if it panned out well the Cannonball Series is an option.”
Fields for Kilcoy meeting tomorrow including heat of the 800m Cannonball Series. pic.twitter.com/gB6dPd0yB5— Racing Queensland (@racing_qld) November 2, 2017
Fields for Kilcoy meeting tomorrow including heat of the 800m Cannonball Series. pic.twitter.com/gB6dPd0yB5