By Glenn Davis
Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker rarely comes north for the TAB Queensland Racing Carnival without heading home a winner of a feature race.
So far, Baker is yet to win a race this winter from limited opportunities.
But, the former Kiwi is hopeful Battleton can end the stable’s dry spell in the Group 3 Winx Guineas at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
Battleton had his first start north of the border when third in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm in late May.
A win would have earned Battleton an automatic start in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap but instead the gelding was tested for the first time over 1600 metres when third to Kiss Sum in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm on June 11.
Baker would love to have had a Stradbroke runner but is looking forward to Battleton firing in the Winx Guineas.
“His two runs up there have been good,” Baker said.
“He’ll be a good chance on Saturday after those runs and the mile suits him.”
However, Baker is keeping a close watch on the weather with rain forecast for Friday and Saturday for the Sunshine Coast region.
“At this stage he’s running but I want to see what the weather is like by Saturday,” Baker said.