By Glenn Davis
Talented three-year-old Profit can book a Sydney trip for next month’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick if the gelding maintains his unbeaten record at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Profit has won his only two starts and will line-up against stablemates Guntantes and Wurnic in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1600m).
Co-trainer Chris Anderson has a big opinion of Profit who was a $280,000 buy as a yearling.
Anderson, who trains in partnership with five-times premiership winning trainer Rob Heathcote, tipped a bright future for Profit after he was successful on debut at the Sunshine Coast last month.
He lived up to that win with an eye-catching performance to beat stablemate Guntantes in a 1400-metre three-year-old race at Eagle Farm on September 7.
“It was a huge win at Eagle Farm when he sat three deep all the way after drawing wide,” Anderson said.
“This is much harder as he’s stepping up in distance and has 59kgs.
“It only gets tougher from here but if he gets the job done, he’ll go down to Sydney for the Spring Champion Stakes.”
The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) will be run at Randwick on October 12.
Anderson said the Sydney trip would be a hit-and-run mission as Profit will return immediately to prepare for the Queensland summer carnival or next year’s Sydney and Brisbane carnivals.
“We’ve got a few options with him,” Anderson said.
“He’ll definitely spell after his next run whether it’s in Sydney or here as four runs in his first preparation will be enough.
“The Queensland Derby looks an ideal race if he shows he can stay but he’s going to need to win more prizemoney.
“There’s also the Magic Millions Guineas in the summer although they might be a bit too sharp for him over 1400 metres.”
Anderson said an interstate trip for Guntantes was not being considered and expected the son of Rothesay to fight out the finish with his stablemate.
“His last run when second to Profit was very good and he’ll appreciate stepping up to 1600 metres,” he said.
“If he goes well again, he’ll step up to 1800 metres in two weeks.
“He’s a QTIS horse so he will stay at home and chase the good money here.”
Racing Queensland webnews September 18