By Glenn Davis
Trainer Jack Duncan will make a late call whether to start Toowoomba Cup winner Wapiti in the Padua College Open Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Duncan will be looking to the heavens for some rain to boost Wapiti’s hopes as the four-year-old chases back-to-back wins following his Toowoomba Cup victory.
“He’ll probably start but I’m not 100 per cent confident how he’ll handle Eagle Farm,” Duncan said.
“If he does start, I think he’ll be very hard to beat.”
Wapiti notched up his fourth career win in the 2000-metre Toowoomba Cup last month when he stormed home to down the John Smerdon-trained Honourable Spirit and Champagne Aunty.
Honourable Spirit franked the Toowoomba Cup form by winning the Listed Queensland Cup over 2400 metres at Eagle Farm on October 9 before finishing third at his latest appearance in a Benchmark race at Doomben last week.
“His Toowoomba Cup win was very strong and he’s done well since,” Duncan said.
“I was always confident he would win the Toowoomba Cup.
“He’s only had the four wins but he’s an Open company horse now because of his win in the Group 3 Winx Stakes last year.
“I’ve always had a lot of time for him since we bought him at the Magic Millions sales and he’s always raced against top horses.”