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Trainer Gillian Heinrich admits she hasn’t had many city opportunities in recent times but she’s hopeful that’s about to change with Euro Belle after she tackles the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap at Doomben on Wednesday.
Heinrich is pinning her hopes of more city success on Euro Belle, who was her last Saturday metropolitan winner at Eagle Farm on July 4.
The talented filly was subsequently a close second at her most recent appearance behind the Rob Heathcote Stuttering at Ipswich on July 18.
“It’s been a long time since I have been able to go to town regularly with a decent runner,” Heinrich said.
“Euro Belle has been doing a great job and she'll run very well tomorrow.
"But I’ll only give her one more run after this before she goes for a spell as I don’t want to overtax her.
“She was beaten less than one length last run by Stuttering and we were to meet him on better terms if he ran against us.”
However, Heathcote has declared Stuttering will be reserved for Eagle Farm on Saturday after the gelding drew the carpark in barrier 14.
Euro Belle has started only ten times in her career for two wins and four placings and Heinrich is hopeful she’ll come back a bigger and better sprinter as a four-year-old in the summer.
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Heinrich also accepted with The Driller, a winner of two of his three starts this campaign, but has decided against starting him after drawing barrier 15.
Although Stuttering is a non-runner, Euro Belle faces stiff opposition on a rain-affected track.
Trainer Jack Duncan will be doubled handed with Wapiti and Love Express while Reus, Green Jacket and Roman Aureus all look to have strong claims.
At the peak of her career, Heinrich was one of the State’s leading trainers and scored her biggest win with Military Rose in the 2010 Magic Millions Classic.
Heinrich had more than 70 horses in work at the peak of her career before culling her stable numbers during her well-documented battle with cancer.
She has now recovered after years of treatment and has steadily built up her stable numbers up to 38 in work.
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