By Glenn Davis
Trainer Stu Kendrick admits the form doesn’t read too well for his two starters in the Listed The Phoenix Stakes but he still remains hopeful of victory at Doomben on Saturday.
Kendrick will saddle up Cosmic Gossip and Way Beyond in the 1615-metre feature but is reluctant to separate the pair.
“There’s not much between them and their form doesn’t read too well after they were both beaten at their last starts,” Kendrick said.
“But their runs in the JJ Atkins weren’t that bad.”
Cosmic Gossip finished the better of the pair in 12th place behind boom youngster Rothfire while Way Beyond ran 15th.
“Way Beyond got chopped out at the start and was shuffled back to last but he ran on well to be beaten six lengths,” Kendrick said.
“Cosmic Gossip also got back and was tightened for room about 200 metres out.
“She wasn’t beaten too far either and was never extended.”
Kendrick has never won The Phoenix which was originally known as the Doomben Slipper.
“I finished fourth in it last year with Eric The Eel and hopefully we’ll go better this time,” he said.
Kendrick believes both will have no trouble coping with the 1615-metre trip.
“Way Beyond is bred to get over a little further and I think Cosmic Gossip should run the trip even though she’s by Spill The Beans whose progeny seem to just get 1600 metres.”
“Way Beyond has always shown he was capable of winning over further and his form before the JJ Atkins was good behind horses like Dusty Tycoon and Rothfire.”
Kendrick has four runners engaged at Doomben including Tarzan who lines up in the Open Handicap over 1110 metres.
Tarzan is a rising eight-year-old with 16 wins from 43 starts but his recent form has been below par.
At his last appearance, Tarzan finished last behind In Good Time in the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm last week.
“His run two starts back when he ran fifth in the (Listed) Hinkler was good but he couldn’t get the lead last time and dropped out,” Kendrick said.
“He’s been on the treadmill all this week so hopefully it’s freshened him up and he can bounce back.”
Racing Queensland webnews - June 18