By Glenn Davis
Talented sprinter Chapter And Verse will take a vital step towards more Magic Millions glory when he makes his comeback in the Listed Keith Noud Quality at Doomben on Saturday.
Chapter And Verse gave trainer Desleigh Forster her biggest thrill in racing and easily her biggest payday when he won the $1 million QTIS race on Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast in January.
Forster is aiming the five-year-old at the Magic Millions carnival again next January and hasn’t ruled some of the major summer sprints including the Group 3 George Moore Stakes at Doomben on November 30.
Forster won the Keith Noud Stakes with Too Good To Refuse in 2016 and also claimed the George Moore Stakes with her former star sprinter Adebisi in 2011.
Chapter And Verse targeted the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm during the winter but he failed to make the cut after unplaced efforts in the Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben and Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm in May.
He subsequently was placed in two Stakes races in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich and Listed Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunshine Coast before heading to the spelling paddock.
Forster has given Chapter And Verse a solid grounding with two barriers trials ahead of his return.
“He’s matured a lot and has developed into a really nice horse now,” Forster said.
“I just want to wait and see how he goes before deciding about the George Moore.
“The Magic Millions is his ultimate goal and the QTIS race and the Magic Millions Cup are possibilities.
“There looks to be plenty of speed in this race which will suit him and he’ll improve whatever he does.”
Chapter And Verse has never won with three placings in five starts at Doomben but that doesn’t concern Forster.
“That sort of thing doesn’t bother me and it could easily change tomorrow,” she said.
Jockey Mark Du Plessis rode Chapter And Verse throughout his winter campaign and will be aboard again in the Keith Noud Quality.
Chapter And Verse was knocked down for $28,000 at the Magic Millions sales and has earned more than $820,000 in prizemoney from five wins and nine placings in 17 starts.
Forster has an uncanny knack of acquiring top class horses such as Adebisi, Too Good To Refuse, I’m Belucci, the ill-fated Cylinder Beach and now Chapter And Verse.
Racing Queensland webnews November 8