Trainer Rob Heathcote will have earned his pay cheque if one of his Doomben and interstate representatives is successful on Saturday.
Heathcote has had a hectic schedule over the past six days starting with last Saturday’s Eagle Farm meeting where he landed a treble.
That night Heathcote attended Queensland’s racing awards presentation where the former tour guide was crowned Queensland Trainer of the Year.
Heathcote had only a few hours sleep before the new week began with his “normal” Sunday shift.
“I was quite busy with eight runners at Eagle Farm last Saturday and I was fortunate to win three races,” Heathcote said.
“Then it was on to the awards night and I got home around 1.00am and was up again at five doing the stable and office work.
“Sunday is a busy day. After the stable work we were off to Caloundra and we didn’t get home until seven o’clock.
“On Monday night I decided to stay up because I had to take Woorim and Buffering to the airport but their flight was delayed and they didn’t leave until 1.15am.”
Heathcote had hardly put his head on his pillow before he was up around 3.00am on Tuesday morning for stable chores and trackwork followed by barrier trials before flying to Melbourne later that day to inspect Woorim and Buffering.
Heathcote was then back in the air returning to Brisbane on Wednesday morning in time for the first race at Eagle Farm.
“It’s been a hectic few days and I’m feeling very tired at the moment,” Heathcote said.
Heathcote will have a quieter time at Doomben on Saturday when he’ll saddle up only two runners, Funtantes and Sway To Go, compared to the eight he had engaged last Saturday and nine at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.
Funtantes will be ridden by Jim Byrne in the Ormiston College Handicap (1200m) while apprentice Michael Hellyer will partner last-start winner Sway To Go in the BOQ Handicap (1200m).
“I’m expecting good performances from Funtantes and Sway To Go and Woorim is probably my better hope of the two in Melbourne,” Heathcote said.
Funtantes’ comeback has been delayed followed the cancellation of the final two races at Doomben a fortnight ago.
The five-year-old mare hasn’t started since finishing 12th in the Group Three Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben on May 21.
Funtantes has an awkward barrier eight and topweight of 58 kilograms to contend with but Heathcote isn’t unduly concerned.
“She’s earned her weight after winning a Group Two race as a two-year-old and a Listed race,” Heathcote said.
“I expect her to run well but she has to give away up to five kilos to some up-and-coming mares.
“There’s a chance she could go to Melbourne later on if she races well in this and at her next start in a 1350-metre Quality race at Doomben.”