Promising two-year-old Apache Chase is potentially the next top horse to emerge from Eagle Farm’s late season midweek meetings.
Apache Chase ($4.20) was having his first start since a spell when he led all of the way to win the Eva Air 2YO Maiden Handicap (1400m) on Wednesday.
Queensland’s premier track Eagle Farm usually hosts two late season midweek meetings and it is rare they don’t see a promising horse come to prominence.
Trainer Desleigh Forster and jockey Taylor Marshall believe Apache Chase fits that profile.
“I put a shadow roll on him to help him settle. He will only get better from here and you will see a very good three-year-old next season,” Forster said.
Marshall, who recorded his 12th winner for Forster this season, agreed.
“I think he will be among the best three-year-olds next season. He showed a lot of fight today,” he said.
Apache Chase is raced by Michael Sherrin and his family, who also have the smart Red Chase with Forster.
Trainer Barry Lockwood’s careful preparation was rewarded when Titanium($15 into $10) won the QTIS 3YO Maiden Handicap (1000m).
Titanium had five barrier trials between December and late June before Lockwood felt he was ready to go to the races.
“He has been a real work in progress as I have had to change his race gear around a few times. Once he learns what it is all about he will be handy,” Lockwood said.
Jockey Robbie Fradd also predicted a bright future for Woman Of Gold ($10) who caused an upset in the Class 3 Handicap (1200m).
“Gillian Heinrich (trainer) has a promising horse here and she will win in much better company,” Fradd said.
Favourite Amiche ($1.35) shared the lead into the straight but tired to run third.
Apprentice Alex Patis celebrated her first Eagle Farm win when Piracy ($11) beat Wirnpa ($14) and Piracy’s stable mate Rock Beat ($2.60) in a three-way photo finish in a Benchmark 85 Handicap (1000m).
Trainer Tony Sears, who trains in partnership with his daughter Maddy, said Piracy had appreciated drawing barrier one so he could lead.
Patis, who did part of her apprenticeship in Victoria and Tasmania, is now based on the Gold Coast.
“I rode couple of metro winners on the Gold Coast during the coronavirus but that was my first winner in Brisbane,” she said.
“I can ride light and claim my full three kilos off the limit weight so hopefully I will get some more city opportunities.”