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Desleigh Forster is hoping a more relaxed preparation will reignite Realing

Trainer Desleigh Forster is hoping a more relaxed preparation will reignite Realing, who has his first start for her at Doomben on Saturday.

The five-year-old will run in the Open Hcp (1200m) where he has drawn the rails.

As a three-year-old, Realing was considered good enough to run in Stakes races such as the Rough Habit Plate and Queensland Guineas.

His then trainer Matt Dunn also took him to Sydney as a four-year-old where he was twice placed in Highway races at Rosehill before winning one, also at Rosehill, in June last year.

It was Realing’s last win and he has struggled this season with one minor placing in eight starts.

After Realing was well beaten at his most recent run in March, it was decided to give him a change of scenery.

The gelding is raced in similar interests to It Ain’t All Honey who won the recent Provincial Stayers Final for Forster three weeks ago.

Forster said she had taken a slow approach with Realing in the lead up to Saturday’s race.

“I took him to Deagon last week for the trials and he won it. He beat a couple of horses in Courtza King and Wudung Blade who always trial well so it was encouraging,” she said.

But Forster said she wasn’t getting carried away before Saturday’s race.

“Often horses can get stale and a new environment can help rejuvenate them,” Forster said.

“I have tried to freshen him up and he seems to be adapting to being stabled in Brisbane.”

Forster entered Realing for the Rockhampton Newmarket on Friday but elected to stay in Brisbane.

“One thing he is a horse who has usually travelled a good distance to race. I don’t know whether that has made any difference but this Saturday he can just go across the road which takes five minutes.

“It was one of the reasons we elected to stay here.”

Forster said provided Realing raced well there were plenty of races late in the winter for him.

“He has been out to 2000m in some campaigns but around 1400m looks to be his best,” she added.

Forster will also have a strong hand in the Three-Year-Old Handicap at Doomben with Red Chase, who is also a recent arrival in her stable.

At his second run for Forster, Red Chase was a strong winner at Eagle Farm two weeks ago.

“Both his wins have been on wet tracks but I think he is more than handy on any surface,” Forster said.

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