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Leah Kilner hopes to continue good form

By Glenn Davis

Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie hopes to again capitalise on apprentice Leah Kilner’s recent run of success with her booking for Je Suis Belle at Doomben on Thursday.

Kilner landed her first Saturday metropolitan winner aboard the Bryan Dais-trained Glorious Ruby in the Two-Year-Old Classic at the Sunshine Coast on January 30.

She followed with another city win aboard the Currie-trained Tesarc at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

Currie believes Kilner, who claims three kilograms, learnt a lot from her short stay when she went on loan to Gai Waterhouse in Sydney last year.

“She’s riding very well and seems to be more switched on after she came back from Sydney,” Currie said.

“She also can ride 52kgs now whereas she was flat out riding 56kgs a year ago.”

Je Suis Belle has drawn the outside barrier nine in the Class 5 Handicap over 1050 metres but the alley doesn’t concern Currie.

“Je Suis Belle is in very good shape and she won very well when she led all the way at Caloundra last start,” Currie said.

“She’s doing really well this time in after she cracked a pedal bone last campaign following her win at Caloundra last May.

“The alley doesn’t worry me as she’s got a lot of speed and she can take a sit if need be.”

Je Suis Belle was an $80,000 buy at the Sydney Inglis Sales in 2018 and has proven to be a good money spinner for connections with five wins and two placings from eight starts and almost $113,000 in prizemoney.

Currie is hopeful Je Suis Belle will measure up to Saturday city class and has pencilled in a few races in the coming weeks if successful on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Toowoomba trainer is also confident Steinbrenner can atone for his last start fourth in a Benchmark race at Ipswich last month.

The five-year-old has started only four times since being bought for $15,000 from Adelaide trainer Travis Doudle.

Steinbrenner will be ridden by Bobby El-Issa in the Benchmark 68 Handicap over 1660 metres.

“He should have won his last three starts and he'll be very competitive again” Currie said.

Je Suis Belle