By Glenn Davis
Trainer Adrian Coome is hopeful of equalling a career-best four winners at Mackay on Tuesday.
Coome, who has only been training for just over 18 months, set the personal milestone when he trained four winners for the first time at Rockhampton on April 21.
Coome has seven starters for the Mackay meeting and rates former Caloundra sprinter Raiden in the Open Handicap over 1050 metres as his best hope.
He also expects Flying Blonde in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Handicap, Quidni in Benchmark 65 Handicap (1300m) and Raise An Army in the Benchmark 65 Handicap (1800m) all to be hard to beat.
Raiden was recently transferred from Sunshine Coast trainer Stu Kendrick and is unbeaten in two starts for Coome.
At his last start, Raiden lumped 60kgs when the gelding scored a narrow win over the Allan Clark-trained Hi Harry and rises a further two kilos to 62kgs for his Mackay assignment.
Despite the big weight, Coome never contemplated easing his weight burden by claiming on the six-year-old.
“Brad Pengelly won on him both times since he’s been with me and I was always going to use him again,” Coome said.
“He needs a strong rider and I don’t think 62kgs will be that much harder for him.”
Raiden, who was one of Coome’s four winners at Rockhampton last month, could be earmarked for the central Queensland winter feature races if he wins again.
“He’s never won past 1100 metres but I’m hoping to stretch him out to 1200 metres for the winter races up here,” Coome said.
Coome also expected his other Kendrick cast-off Raise An Army to maintain his unbeaten stable record.
Raise An Army produced a barn storming finish in his first start for Coome to win over 1500 metres at Rockhampton three weeks ago.
“Raise An Army won very well last start and he’s drawn well in barrier four and drops 1.5kgs,” Coome said.
“I think Quidni also will be hard to beat but from his bad gate (15) he’ll have to go forward.
“Flying Blonde has drawn a good gate in two in the Maiden so I’m expecting her to go close as well.”
Quidni has won three of his 15 starts and is coming off a last start second in a Class Three at Callaghan Park on April 21 while Flying Blonde was beaten less than three lengths in an 1100-metre Maiden at Rockhampton last month.
Racing Queensland webnews - May 11