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Morrisey issues Safework warning in Gold Edition

By Glenn Davis

Gold Coast trainer Scott Morrisey is hopeful under-rated gelding Safework can bolster his Magic Millions Guineas chances in the Listed Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on Saturday.

Morrisey has warned form students to disregard the three-year-old’s record of a solitary win from 12 starts when he takes on rising stars Away Game and Isotope in the 1200-metre feature.

Safework had his first start after a two-month break when an eye-catching second to Shooting For Gold in the Winning Rupert Plate at Doomben on December 5.

“He’s been racing in top company all his career and should have won a few more times,” Morrisey said.

“He’s had a lot of hard luck stories and I’m hoping he can win even though he’s against horses like Isotope and Away Game.”

Morrisey isn’t fazed by the prospect of a heavy track despite the son of Spirit Of Boom failing at his only start on a heavy surface.

“His dam line suggest he'll handle it and he’s by Spirit Of Boom so who knows, he could be a swimmer,” Morrisey said.

“He failed at his only run on a heavy track but he was first-up on a bottomless track that day and the races were cancelled a few races later.

“His fitness gave out on him but Jim Byrne was very happy with the run and said the horse wanted to win but his run just finished a bit too soon.”

Meanwhile, Mick Kent Jnr is one trainer looking forward to the wet conditions with Victorian colt Our Playboy who drew barrier 15 in the Gold Edition Plate.

Our Playboy has settled in well since arriving in Queensland and is having his first start since finishing sixth to September Run in the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200 metres at Flemington on October 31.

Kent - who trains in partnership with Mick Price - is happy to see a heavy track for Our Playboy.

“Of all the horses we’ve got in the stable he’s thriving and is licking the bin clean,” Kent said.

“His work has been super and I expect him to run a very good race.

“He had a couple of gallops the reverse way back home and he’s done well since he arrived up there about 10 days ago.

“He goes better with some sting out of the ground; from his wide barrier you’d normally be worried but in the wet he should be okay.”