By Glenn Davis
Trainer Les Kelly is hopeful promising sprinter War Toy can continue his progression to the city ranks at Eagle Farm on Thursday.
After a successful raid to Ballina in northern New South Wales, War Toy will make his midweek city debut in the Class 1 Handicap over 1400 metres.
War Toy was well supported firming from $3.70 to start at $3.10 when given the run of the race before clearing away for a near two-length win in a 1300-metre maiden on January 3.
The son of Time For War never raced as a two-year-old with Kelly preferring to wait to allow him time to develop.
War Toy never showed much promise in early two-year-old barrier trials placing only once in five hitouts, all on his home track at the Gold Coast.
However, the three-year-old has turned the corner with maturity and Kelly predicts a bright future.
“He’s by Time For War and most of the breed need time,” Kelly said.
“He’s improved but I think he’ll be better suited over further ground.
“He’s only had one start and he’s still a bit green but he’ll be competitive.”
War Toy is one of four runners Kelly will saddle up at the meeting.
His others are Take Tea and Jackpot Jay in the Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400) and Merlin’s Magic in the Class Three Handicap (1600m).