By Glenn Davis
Trainer Graeme Green is hopeful Taraki can continue her progression through the restricted ranks at Rockhampton on Tuesday ahead of a possible return trip to Brisbane.
Taraki drops back in distance to the 1300-metre Open Handicap at Callaghan Park following her last start second to Don’t Doubt Laura over 1560 metres at Mackay on July 21.
Green sent Taraki to Brisbane for her previous start as a companion for star stablemate Master Jamie and ran a brave fifth - less than two lengths from winner Star Of Michelin - at Eagle Farm.
Green has booked former South African Girish Goomany to ride Taraki, who was originally to be ridden by Brisbane's Les Tilley.
“Les was going to ride her but he couldn’t get a flight back in time to ride trackwork for Kelly Schweida at Eagle Farm so I snapped up Girish Goomany,” Green said.
“I rate her a genuine eachway chance with a light weight.”
Green has overlooked Taraki’s last start defeat, blaming it on the small Mackay track.
“It was a good effort from her last time and she only just got nabbed late on a track which doesn’t really suit her,” Green said.
“Her previous run at Eagle Farm when she ran fifth was also very good.
“She didn’t get a run at the right time and had to be hooked out around them.
“I thought in another 50 metres she would have won.”
Green is considering another trip to Brisbane with Master Jamie, who finished seventh in the Newmarket Handicap at Rockhampton last month.
“Master Jamie has been freshened up after it took him a week to get back on his tucker after the Newmarket run,” Green said.
“He’s due to trial at Rocky on Wednesday and we’ll look at taking him back to Brisbane for his next run or give him one run here.
“If Taraki runs well as I expect she could possibly go back down to Brisbane with him.
“She’s a very honest mare and has freshened up nicely for 1300 metres.”
Green rates topweight Bat A Kat from the Mark Lehmann stable, as the main danger to Taraki.
“I don’t think Mackay really suited Bat A Kat last start either but he’s a good horse, that’s why he’s carrying topweight,” Green said.
Bat A Kat is coming off a last start seventh to Warwick Avenue in the Newmarket Handicap over 1300 metres at Mackay on July 31.