By Glenn Davis
It’s a game of high stakes in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Cost on Saturday and trainer Desleigh Forster is refusing to show her hand with Apache Chase.
Forster had two wishes before the 1400-metre feature and it looks like the Gods have smiled on her with the prospect of an improving track after last week's rain.
Unfortunately, the hope of a favourable barrier was dashed on Wednesday, drawing a horror gate in 21, jumping from 16 if the five emergencies fail to obtain runs.
“It is what it is,” Forster said.
“I can’t do anything about the track or the weather and it’s up to his riderJimmy Byrne now to work things outs from the draw.
“It’s Jimmy’s problem.”
Forster downplayed Apache Chase’s wide barrier and when asked if he’ll go forward or take a midfield sit, Forster was quick to reply.
“I’m not saying whether Jim will go forward or go back,” she said.
“I won’t be playing my hand just now even though there doesn’t look to be much speed in the race.”
Apache Chase was uncomfortable on a heavy track last start when the four-year-old finished a gallant third to Godolphin’s Kementari in The Buffering at Doomben on New Year’s Day.
“It was a good run but importantly he pulled up well after it,” Forster said.
“He’s coming along well and is ready to go again.”