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Forster to Chase Recognition Stakes

By Glenn Davis

Consistent sprinter Red Chase will be striving to help trainer Desleigh Forster claim a second Listed Recogition Stakes when the gelding tackles the stellar field at Doomben on Saturday.

Forster was delighted with Red Chase’s recovery following his last start win over subsequent winner Ballistic Boy over 1350 metres at Doomben on November 7.

It followed a handy fourth to the Rob Heathcote-trained Emerald Kingdom over 1350 metres at Doomben in October.

“He’s good and he pulled up well after that Doomben win,” Forster said.

“Nothing seems to faze him, he just goes about his business.

“Getting back to firmer tracks have helped him and he likes it when the speed is on.

“He’ll run a good race and I’m sure he’ll be very competitive again.”

Red Chase is not eligible for the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast in January but can earn a start in the $1 million Magic Millions Cup over 1400 metres if he can gain a wildcard entry.

Forster plans to target the $200,000 The Buffering over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm on January 2 which carries an automatic entry into the Magic Millions Cup.

“I’ve had a bit of luck at the Magic Millions with Chapter And Verse in the QTIS race,” Forster said.

“He won the $1 million race in 2019 and finished fourth in the same race this year.”

Forster is chasing her second win in the Recognition Stakes after her former star galloper Cylinder Beach was successful in 2016.

Cylinder Beach later went on to win the Listed Bernborough Handicap and Toowoomba Cup.

Forster believes Red Chase won’t be out of place in next year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival but won’t rush the five-year-old.

“If he keeps improving like he’s doing and races well over the summer then I’ll look at some of the winter races with him next year,” she said.

Forster has named topweight The Harrovian as the main danger to Red Chase who is chasing his ninth win of his career.

The Harrovian has had a change of stable and is now with leading Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds and his son Trent.

The Harrovian is chasing his 10th straight win after a commanding victory for his previous trainer Stephen Massingham at Doomben on October 31.