By Glenn Davis
Trainer Stu Kendrick is hoping Jagged Edge can defy a horror barrier and a big weight to bounce back to his best form at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.
Jagged Edge will clash with stablemate Clever Miss in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1000m).
Kendrick decided against claiming on Jagged Edge who will carry 60kgs over the sprint course while Clever Miss is on the minimum with 55kgs.
Kendrick considered setting Jagged Edge for last month’s three-year-old QTIS Jewel at the Gold Coast but abandoned plans after the gelding beat one home behind subsequent Jewel winner The Odyssey at Doomben in late February.
The son of Better Than Ready dropped back to 1000 metres last start when fifth to Bold Style at Eagle Farm on March 21.
“I was getting him ready for The Jewel but I stopped after he failed to get 1200 metres two runs back,” Kendrick said.
“He’s more suited to 1000 metres and although he was a touch disappointing last run, I think he’ll go a lot better on his home track.
“He wasn’t beaten that far last start but he didn’t finish off the race as I would have liked.
“His work has been good since and hopefully he can bounce back even though he’s got topweight and is drawn poorly.”
Jagged Edge has won three of his 10 starts and will jump from the outside barrier 13 while Clever Miss drew gate four.
Kendrick rates Clever Miss a good each-way chance following her first-up seventh at the Sunshine Coast on March 20.
“She was trapped off the track most of the way and her run just petered out at the 200 metres,” he said.
“That was her first run since October and she’s improved but I just favour Jagged Edge over her.”
Kendrick also expects Trust In Aloha to be highly competitive in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1000m) while a strong showing is also expected from Don’t Waiver in the TAB Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m).
Trust In Aloha, who clashes with stablemate Starfilly, finished a creditable fourth at only her second race start when resuming at the Sunshine Coast on March 20.
Don’t Waiver hasn’t raced since failing in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes at Eagle Farm in December.
Kendrick, who ran third with Eric The Eel in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday, expects Don’t Waiver to be better more competitive over further later in his campaign.
“Don’t Waiver should be competitive in better races over further and on his work, he’ll run well fresh while Trust In Aloha led and just felt the pinch last start and has improved,” he said.
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