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Unbeaten Kotabharu on trial for Brisbane trip at Mackay

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By Glenn Davis

Talented Rockhampton filly Kotabharu can earn a trip to Brisbane as a travelling companion for Master Jamie if she maintains her unbeaten record at Mackay this Thursday.

Master Jamie finished third in the Listed Keith Noud at Doomben on November 14 and will run next in the $250,000 The Gateway over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm on December 12.

Kotabharu is a daughter of Hallowed Crown out of the American bred mare Olivine, and was bought by trainer Graeme Green for $22,000 at the Magic Millions QTIS March sales.

She has had only two starts, winning her maiden on her home track at Rockhampton in June before an easy three length win in an open two-year-old race at Callaghan Park in July.

“We liked her sire so we took a punt buying her as she's out of an imported American dam,” Green said.

“She’s named after one of the biggest ports in the Philippines and she’s got a very strong pedigree on the dam’s side.”

Green has given Kotabharu two barrier trials ahead of her return and is now pleased with her progress after initially being concerned when she failed in her first trial over 900 metres last month.

“She ran last in her first trial which was disappointing when she was beaten just over four lengths,” Green said.

“I thought she would get a lot better but on reflection she probably hadn’t had enough work going into it.

“She improved a lot after that trial and she was very good when she won her last trial.”

Green is confident the trip to Mackay will be worth the long drive.

“It’s a long way to go to Mackay from Rocky with just the one horse but she should be very competitive,” he said.

“It’s a hard race on paper but there looks to be a lot of speed which should suit her.

“If she wins or races well which we all hope, I’ll send her to Brisbane with Master Jamie.”

Green has earmarked a three-year-old race for QTIS horses over 1400 metres on the same day as The Gateway.

“If she happens to run well in the Brisbane race, I’ll probably put her away and set her for the Queensland Oaks next winter,” he said.

“She gives me every indication she’ll run a trip and her breeding suggests she’ll stay,” he said.