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Schweida cautious as Expert Eye chases hat trick

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Kelly Schweida has cautioned punters expecting promising filly Expert Eye to improve her winning strike rate at Ipswich on Wednesday.

Expert Eye is chasing a hat trick of wins and will be ridden by Jim Orman in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap over 1690 metres.

The daughter of Better Than Ready, who Schweida trained throughout his career, has started five times for two wins and a third.

Expert Eye broke through for her first win in a Maiden Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on May 13 before scoring a commanding victory over the same distance in a Class One at Doomben on June 3.

Schweida agrees it’s not common for a maiden winner to win at their next start, particularly in the metropolitan area.

“She’s a nice filly but I wanted to run her over 1400 metres at the Gold Coast last Friday but the meeting was washed out,” Schweida said.

“She’s done a good job to win twice in her five starts which have all been in one preparation.

“She’ll race well again but I would have preferred this to be over 1400 metres.

“Instead, she’s had to step up in distance to 1690 metres which isn’t ideal.

“I’m hoping she will run a big race again but she’ll go the paddock after this run.”

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Expert Eye is raced on lease by Schweida's wife, Vera and Lyndhurst Stud’s Jeff and Griffin Kruger after she failed to reach her $30,000 reserve at the Magic Millions March sales in 2018.

Expert Eye is a half-sister to the Matt Dunn-trained The Fire Trap who has won four of his 12 starts including a two-year race at Rosehill in 2018.

Trainer Tony Gollan’s Knight Mariner looks the main threat to Expert Eye if the three-year-old can repeat his maiden victory at Doomben on June 3.

Unlike Expert Eye, Knight Mariner, a son of Travistock, was a $240,000 buy at a ready to run sale as a yearling.

Gollan has accepted with four horses at Ipswich after becoming the first trainer in Queensland to crack 100 metropolitan winners in a season when he trained a treble at Doomben last Saturday.

Gollan, who now has 101.5 winners, has his seventh Brisbane trainer’s premiership sewn up and is eyeing another career milestone this season.

With six weeks of the season remaining, Gollan is only 10 wins short of overtaking Ben Currie’s record of 152 winners on all Queensland tracks which he set in 2017-18.

Racing Queensland webnews - June 23