Apache to give Guineas rivals something to Chase
Eagle Farm trainer Desleigh Forster is confident her big boy Apache Chase can give the Sydney raiders something to chase in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas over a mile at his home track on Friday.
The Group 3 scorer bounced back to winning form in the Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes over seven furlongs at the course a fortnight ago, taking his tally to four wins at the venue.
He now stretches to a mile for the first time, but given he handled seven and a half furlongs as a two-year-old, Forster has no qualms about the trip for the 7/5 chance.
"I'm confident he will run the mile. A few people might have an issue that he can go too keen, but once he jumps to the front on his own he switches off and relaxes. He cruises along and I don't think it will be an issue," said the Brisbane handler.
Jockey Jim Byrne notched his first win on the horse in the Daybreak Lover and it gives the trainer confidence that the rider is now very familiar with the three-year-old gelding.
Forster intends to give Apache Chase four weeks between this run and his next outing in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic back at seven furlongs, where he will bid to secure a start in the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
The three-year-old gelding has a record of four wins and one placing from 11 starts.
Private Eye at 8/5 could provide Apache Chase with plenty to think about, while Tumbler Ridge is a 20/1 chance.