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By Glenn Davis
Trainer Adrian Coome is hopeful in-form sprinter Raiden can book a Newmarket Handicap start in Rockhampton next month when he aims to stretch his winning sequence to four at Mackay on Tuesday.
Raiden will be burdened by a massive 63kgs in the Open Handicap over 1200 metres, but is unbeaten in three starts for Coombe since transferring from Sunshine Coast trainer Stu Kendrick.
The six-year-old has never won past 1100 metres and has placed only once in three starts over 1200 metres.
“He’s having his first start for me over 1200 metres but I can’t see why he won’t run the trip,” Coome said.
“If he shows he can, I’d like to start him in the Newmarket Handicap at home in July.”
The old adage “weight will stop a train” doesn’t concern Coome who has decided not to claim on the six-year-old.
“He’s got to carry a lot of weight so it’s a big test to see if he can go for the Newmarket,” Coome said.
“I don’t think he’s a suitable horse for an apprentice and it’s only one kilo more than he carried when he won at Mackay last start.”
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Raiden registered his eighth win in 32 starts, and his third from as many starts for Coome when he stormed home for a runaway win over 1050 metres at Mackay on May 12.
“The Newmarket Handicap is a quality race so he can’t get any more than 62kgs if he runs in it,” Coome said.
“He might even get a bit less if the southern horses from Brisbane come up which they normally do.
“But we’ll have to wait and see as the prizemoney has been greatly reduced because of the coronavirus this year.”
Coome will have a strong contingent of seven runners and is hopeful of equalling a career best four winners.
He set the milestone at Rockhampton on April 21.
“I’ll have seven runners and I think I’ve got a chance of winning with three others,” he said.
Coome named another Kendrick-cast off Raise An Army in the Benchmark 69 Handicap, Flying Blonde in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden and Quidni in the Class Four Plate (1300m) as the best of his stable.
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