By Glenn Davis
Trainer Chris Anderson is happy stablemates Profit and Ballistic Boy won’t clash at Doomben on Saturday but has warned punters they may find their respective races too short.
Profit and Ballistic Boy were both entered for the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap while Profit also accepted for the Class Six Plate.
Both races are over 1350 metres but Anderson fears they are both looking for a middle distance.
“The 1350 metres is unsuitable for both but I’ve got no other alternative but to run them,” Anderson said.
“I’m thrilled we’re racing and I’m not complaining but both are looking for 2000 metres and could be vulnerable over 1350 metres.
“They can still win but they’re not really suitable races for either.”
Anderson had planned to campaign both in Sydney during the autumn but travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic forced him to abort an interstate trip.
Like a lot of other trainers, Anderson was hopeful to resurrect their campaigns during the Brisbane winter carnival before it also fell victim to the coronavirus restrictions.
Anderson experimented with Profit last start when he removed blinkers when he ran third to Star Of Michelin over 1600 metres at Eagle Farm on March 21.
It was his first run in over a month but he drops five kilograms for his Doomben assignment.
“That’s why I’m putting him in a Class Six Plate because he’s been carrying big weights in three-year-old races,” Anderson said.
“Taking the blinkers off him last start was only an experiment but they’re going back on this time which will hopefully sharpen him up.
“He was a bit disappointing last run but it was a month between runs and he had to carry 59kgs.”
Anderson is hoping there will be more speed on for Ballistic Boy who was a fast finishing fourth to the highly rated Toowoomba sprinter Command’n’Conquer in a similar 1350-metre three-year-old race at Doomben last month.
“His run last start was super. He was second last coming to the home turn off a slow speed,” he said.
“I thought his was the run of the race and he was beaten less than two lengths.”
Anderson has retained Brad Stewart to ride Ballistic Boy while Jim Orman will be a new rider for Profit.
Both horses are owned by one of Anderson’s major clients, the Think Big Stud syndicate.
Racing Queensland webnews April 10