Heathcote targets 2017 finale

29 December 2017 00:23:03 GMTPlus11

Trainer Robert Heathcote is hoping to finish 2017 with a bang as he takes a strong team to Doomben looking to win feature races on Saturday afternoon.

Femme Fireball (Group III Vo Rogue Stakes), Hopfgarten (Listed Bernborough Stakes), Pinch River (Listed Falvelon Stakes) Privlaka ($150,000 Buffering Quality) and Ingeegoodbee and Kaiser Franz ($150,000 Shoot Out Quality), will all race and Heathcote has high hopes.

"You never get ahead of yourself in these things. Racing is a great leveller but with any luck we could have a good day," Heathcote said.

Heathcote says Femme Fireball, who is 11.00 to win the 18:02, is a surprise package for the stable and had improved out of sight this campaign.

"Her win at the Gold Coast last Saturday showed that as she was one of the few horses to come from back in the field to win," Heathcote added.

"That was her third win in a row and it had the bonus of making certain she got into the Vo Rogue field on Saturday. She was in real danger of missing out before the win.

"She will have to run first or second on Saturday to make the Magic Millions Guineas field in a fortnight but if she can get in she will be hard to beat as she likes the Gold Coast."

A win for Hopfgarten in the Bernborough would give Heathcote a boost on several fronts.

He continued: "I have never had any luck in the Bernborough and have had a lot of minor placings. This will be Hopfgarten's fourth run in the race and he was an unlucky third last year," he said. "So to win with him would be a fitting way to break my duck in the race."

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