A sharp drop in class is expected to help Lordag return his trainer’s faith by getting back on the winners’ list at Eagle Farm.
Lordag has been close without running a place at his five starts this campaign and at his latest run was fifth to Cylinder Beach in the Listed Bernborough Stakes two weeks ago.
The gelding has won six races and just under $300,000 but trainer Robert Heathcote believes Lordag is capable of much better.
Heathcote said Lordag had probably found his mark in Saturday’s Open Hcp (1600m) at Eagle Farm.
“He has raced well in Listed class on more than one occasion and has probably been unlucky not to have a black-type win beside his name,” Heathcote said.
“This campaign he has run into a few tracks which didn’t suit and he has not had much luck in his races.”
“I have been happy with his work and he is up to a race like this. The barrier is no help but there should be plenty of early pace,.”
Heathcote has always had high hopes for Lordag who he took to Melbourne in the 2015 spring.
Lordag is raced by a syndicate headed by Darling Downs pharmacist Neil Owen and it could be a big day for the family.
His brother Ken Owen heads a syndicate which races two-year-old filly Ten Foot Tall who is trained by Kelly Schweida.
Ten Foot Tall, who is by boom sire I Am Invincible, failed at her only start but has shown ability in jump-outs and runs in the 1000m-race for two-year-olds.