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Anderson duo primed for a stellar weekend

By Glenn Davis

The chance of gaining an automatic start in next year’s Stradbroke Handicap will be an added bonus for trainer Chris Anderson if his smart four-year-old Profit wins The Gateway at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Queensland Summer Carnival hots up when racing returns to Eagle Farm following a 10-week break for a planned renovation, with a bumper card spearheaded by the $250,000 The Gateway over 1400 metres.

The winner of The Gateway gains an automatic qualification for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm next June.

The meeting has a super support card with four Listed races, the Just Now (1300m) and Bribie Handicap (1000m) along with the two-year-old features, the Calaway Gal and Phelan Ready Stakes.

The Eagle Way over 1820 metres and the Summer Provincial Series Final over 1300 metres will be on the card.

Profit’s main summer aim is The Wave to be run over 1800 metres at the Gold Coast on January 9 – a week before Magic Millions day.

Profit resumed with a strong third behind The Harrovian in the Listed Recognition Stakes at Doomben last start but Anderson is happy to see him return to the bigger Eagle Farm track.

He wasn’t wound up when he ran a great race in the Recognition and he’s cherry ripe for The Gateway

Chris Anderson

“His grand final is The Wave at the Gold Coast next month and if he can win The Gateway it’ll be a nice bonus to get into the Stradbroke.

“The Stradbroke is at another level though, so I’ll let the horse do the talking.”

Profit has been one of Anderson’s stable stars throughout 2020, along with Ballistic Boy who runs in The Doomben Mile on Friday.

Ballistic Boy is coming off a brilliant last start win in the Mooloolaba Cup at the Sunshine Coast on November 21.

“I’m really happy with Ballistic Boy and he’ll go very well,” Anderson said.

“I would prefer to see him at Eagle Farm as he and Profit both like bigger tracks.

“Hopefully he can run well enough to go on to the Magic Millions Subzero next month.”

Anderson also is hopeful Epic Girl and Boomtown Lass can pick up Black-Type races over the weekend.

Epic Girl faded to finish eighth to Niedorp in the Listed Tatt’s Classic at Doomben last start while Boomtown Lass won first-up at Doomben before a last start second to Racecourse Road in a 1200-metre Class Six at Doomben on November 28.

“Epic Girl is in a strong race but she was a bit flat for her last run and will take improvement,” Anderson said.

“I think she and Boomtown Lass are good eachway chances.”



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