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By Glenn Davis
Trainer Steve Tregea hasn’t ruled out a Stradbroke Handicap tilt with exciting sprint prospect Command’n’conquer if the gelding passes an acid test at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Command’n’conquer steps up from a benchmark handicap defeat in to the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas over 1200 metres, and Tregea is the first to concede he’s uncertain how the three-year-old will cope with the jump in grade.
The son of Queensland-based sire Warhead was beaten for the first time in his four-start career when an eye-catching second to Archer’s Paradox in a 900-metre scamper at the Gold Coast on May 8.
It was the gelding’s first run since beating the highly rated Vanna Girl at Doomben on March 28.
Tregea was pleased with Command’n’conquer’s last start performance when he hit the line strongly to go down by one length.
“It was a good run considering it wasn’t a suitable race for him,” Tregea said.
“I wanted to run him that day to give him some experience at the Gold Coast.
“It’s a very hard race this week but I really don’t know how he’ll go.
“He’s never met this sort of company before but if he goes well, he’ll go on to the Fred Best Classic and if he wins that he’s automatically qualify for the Stradbroke.”
The Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) will be run at Doomben on May 30.
Tregea is targeting the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 6 with stablemate Niccanova.
“I’m looking at the Stradbroke with Niccanova but we’ll just have to wait and see if Command’n’Conquers makes it,” he said.
Tregea has fielded several offers from Hong Kong interests to buy Command’n’Conquer who drew barrier 10.
He’s never met this sort of company before but if he goes well, he’ll go on to the Fred Best Classic and if he wins that he’s automatically qualify for the Stradbroke.
The barrier draw was a disaster for trainer Kelly Schweida who is hopeful topweight The Odyssey can extend his winning sequence to four.
The Odyssey drew a horror gate 14 in his bid to crack $1 million in prizemoney.
The son of Better Than Ready has won eight of his 17 starts with prizemoney of $981,950.
“It’s a terrible draw so he’ll have to go forward,” Schweida said.
“It’s disappointing as he’s going super and he’s improved off his last run.
“It’s a hard race with Magic Millions winner Exhilarates in it along with Snowden’s High Tail.
“Any one of 10 horses can win.”
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