By Glenn Davis
Scott Morrisey is hopeful Aqua Vite can live up to the statistics that show Doomben has been a happy hunting ground for the Gold Coast trainer.
Morrisey, 45, is having his best season since receiving his trainers’ licence as a 21st birthday present while running Capricorn Park in Canberra for his family.
He is currently ninth on the Brisbane trainers’ premiership with six wins.
Despite being based at the Gold Coast, statistics show Doomben has been his favoured track with nine wins from 47 starters for a 19% winning strike rate.
In contrast, Morrisey has saddled up 159 times at the Gold Coast for only five wins 3%, well behind strike rates at Eagle Farm and Ipswich.
Morrisey has trained seven winners and 11 placings this season from 72 starters for a near 10% strike rate.
Morrisey cannot explain his preference for Doomben over Eagle Farm and his home track at the Gold Coast.
“To be honest, I don’t know why our horses run better at Doomben,” Morrisey said.
“We’re having a good run this season and we’ve been a bit lucky at times so I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
“I’ve got a group of horses who all came in to work together and they’re all up to city class.”
Morrisey is confident Aqua Vite can bounce back from his last start ninth to country champion The Harrovian over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm on October 3.
“He led as expected last time but I think he got away from me and put on a bit of weight after his previous run when he finished third at the Gold Coast,” Morrisey said.
“He’s getting older now and I think he also felt the track a bit that day.”
Aqua Vite recorded his first win in two years on a heavy track at Doomben in July, and was then was successful over the same 1600-metre trip two starts later.
“The day he won at Doomben in July was his first win in two years but he was a bit lucky that day when rain fell and a few of the others couldn’t handle it,” he said.
“He then won again over 1600 metres two starts later at Doomben.”
Morrisey expects a sharp improvement from Aqua Vite when the eight-year-old attempts to win for the 9th time in 60 starts.
“He’ll go a lot better this Saturday after I gave him a good hit out on Tuesday,” Morrisey said.
“It’s also about riding him right so I’m expecting him to roll along in front and he’ll be better suited over 1600 metres.”