By Glenn Davis
Sydney’s bushfires and the risk of travelling has helped sway trainer Chris Anderson’s decision to tackle the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate at Eagle Farm on Saturday with promising stayer Profit.
Profit is attempting to qualify for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast and was also nominated for the Listed Christmas Classic and a Benchmark race at Randwick in Sydney on Saturday.
“He’s 22nd in order of entry for the Magic Millions Guineas so hopefully he’ll only need a place to qualify,” Anderson said.
“I thought about sending him south but there’s always a risk travelling horses and I wanted to avoid the bushfire smoke that’s around in Sydney.
“I gave it a lot of thought but he’ll stay here and have a crack at the Vo Rogue.”
Anderson expects Profit to be highly competitive and has booked Glen Boss to partner the son of Dundeel.
Profit hasn’t raced since winning over 1800 metres at Eagle Farm in mid-October but has been kept up to the mark winning two Doomben barrier trials this month.
“He’s coming off a short break but he’s had two barrier trials and won them both,” Anderson said.
“He’ll be a better horse over ground later on but 1400 metres after a break shouldn’t be a problem.
“It’s a tough race but he’ll go well and if he doesn’t qualify for the Magic Millions, I’ll reassess what to do with him next.”
Profit was a $300,000 buy at the Magic Millions by a syndicate headed by Think Big stud and has won three of his four starts.
His only defeat was when he ran second to former stablemate Funtantes at Eagle Farm in September when Anderson was in a training partnership with Rob Heathcote.
Anderson believes Profit has the makings of a top stayer and hopes he’ll develop into an Australian Derby and Queensland Derby prospect next year.
“I’m under no illusion that this is a very hard race on Saturday but he’s doing everything right so far,” he said.
“If he doesn’t win, he’ll still target the Sydney autumn where there’s a stack of races available before he comes back for the winter.”
Racing Queensland webnews December 23