By Glenn Davis
Trainer Jack Duncan is hopeful Group 3 winner Wapiti can end the winning streak of rival The Harrovian in the Listed Recognition Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
Wapiti launches his Summer Carnival campaign in the 1350-metre feature ahead of his main mission in the $250,000 Magic Millions Open over 1800 metres at the Gold Coast in January.
Former North Queenslander The Harrovian has developed a cult following with 12 wins from 14 starts in Queensland, including his past two in Brisbane which stretched his winning sequence to nine for Cairns trainer Stephen Masssingham.
The Harrovian - a Brad Stewart mount - was originally trained in Victoria and will step out in The Recognition for the first time since being transferred to Gold Coast training partnership Toby and Trent Edmonds.
Wapiti was a brilliant winner of the Group 3 Winx Stakes at the Sunshine Coast on July 11 for jockey Sean Cormack, but hasn’t raced since finishing second to Green Jacket over 1609 metres at Doomben on July 29.
Duncan has given Wapiti a solid grounding for his return with a jump out and barrier trial at the Sunshine Coast this month.
“He’s been in work three months and has had a jump out and won a trial at home over 1000 metres,” Duncan said.
“He’s just starting off his campaign for the Magic Millions but I’m expecting him to run very well.
“It’s a very hard race with a lot of chances and The Harrovian looks the one to beat.
“He has to be a very good horse to win all those races in a row but my bloke will keep him honest.”
Duncan will give Wapiti his next start in the $250,000 The Gateway over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm on December 12.
“The Gateway will be his next start and I’ll see how he runs in that before deciding if he needs another start before the Magic Millions,” Duncan said.
Wapiti is one of 14 horses trained by Duncan who was a former carpenter in North Queensland before becoming a trainer.