By Glenn Davis
Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy has been riding a wave of success in recent months, and is hopeful it will continue at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Guy - who trains in partnership with son Daniel - has been in the winner’s circle nine times since mid-September.
Team Guy currently sits within the top 20 in the Queensland Trainers’ Premiership standings, with 11 wins for a winning strike rate of 18%.
The bulk of Team Guy's wins have come in the last six weeks from his stable of 34.
Guy won the Queensland trainers’ premiership in 2006-07 with a team of 61 before scaling back his stable ahead of forming a training partnership with his son four years ago.
The stable has accepted with Eagles Forever and Niab in both the Class Two Plate (1710m) and the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1710m) but the pair will run against their own age in the latter.
“We’re going good at the moment and I’ve been told from our last 50 runners we have a 75% strike rate to finish in the first five,” Bryan Guy said.
“It goes to show it’s a lot different when you have some nice horses to train.”
Guy finds it hard to separate his pair but expected Eagles Forever to lead the small field in Wednesday's event.
“Eagles Forever will lead and Niab will be running second,” Guy predicted.
“It’s too hard to separate them as there’s nothing between them in their work.”
Eagles Forever - a Ron Stewart mount - won a 1600-metre Maiden at Eagle Farm in mid-September before a last start fourth to the Desleigh Forster-trained Soul Dancer over the same distance at Doomben on October 10.
Niab will be ridden by Ben Thompson and is coming off a last start fifth in a 1350-metre Class One at Ipswich on October 7.
Guy is a four-time Group 1 winner but hasn’t trained a winner at the highest level since Eagle Way claimed the Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm in 2016.
His previous Group 1 wins were with Ravarda in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill in 1996 and the JJ Atkins in 1995, as well as All Our Mob in the 1994 Stradbroke Handicap.