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A pair of leading stables is eyeing the upcoming Queensland summer carnival.
The summer features, to be staged at Albion Park from December 1 through until December 15 has caught the attention of Craig Cross and Luke McCarthy plus Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris.
And both stables are likely to bring plenty of talent north of the border.
In recent times, both combinations have been frequent visitors to the Sunshine State while success has also followed and consistently.
The Queensland summer carnival clashes directly with the famed Inter Dominion series, being staged in Melbourne this year after spending the past three years based in Perth.
With many leading stables heading to Melbourne, the Sydney combinations have focused on the Brisbane features.
The Cross/McCarthy stable arrives this week and again will be based south of Brisbane at the property of Cristina Monte and Charlie Cini with six horses and the possibility of more to come in the coming weeks.
“The carnival looks a good option for a number of our horses and we’re still considering on bringing Mach Doro up for the open class events. We haven’t made a decision about him yet but it’s definitely an option,” McCarthy explained.
“We have runners this weekend at Redcliffe and they will remain for the Albion Park carnival. Hopefully, we can make a good start this weekend.” He added.
The stable has Young American, Ima Kennedy Two, Blue Moon Rising, Rich Virgin and Living Again starting this Saturday night at the Redcliffe meeting.
The Turner/Morris stable are yet to head north as they have confirmed their team but numbers should be strong with at least six to eight shortlisted.
Stable favourite Aztec Bromac is likely for the open class events in December.
Last year, the American Ideal gelding scored victories in both the Christmas and Queensland Cups.
Two starts ago, Aztec Bromac rated a new personal best time of 1:51.6 when successful at TABCORP Park, Menangle.
“We’re definitely looking at bringing him up again at this stage, he’s engaged to race again this weekend at Menangle while we’re sorting what races suit some of our team best,” Morris said.
“As long as the features are at Albion Park, we’re keen to be part of the action again.” He added.
The Queensland summer carnival features over three consecutive Saturday nights include;
December 1 – Gr.3 $30,660 Be Good Johnny Sprint, $20,660 APHRC Members Cup,
December 8 - $20,660 Christmas Cup, $20,660 Forever Gold Mares FFA
December 15 – Gr.2 $50,660 Queensland Cup, Gr.2 $40,770 Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship Final, $20,660 C2-C5 Feature & $14,999 King of the Claimers Final
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | November 8