Rob Heathcote will look to make Queensland a contented house searching floor for Group 1 winner Rothfire after abandoning plans to race him abroad.
Earlier than beginning within the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth final November, Heathcote had formulated a blueprint to race the sprinter within the Group 1 Al Quoz Dash in Dubai in March.
Heathcote has a lifetime of completely happy recollections after Buffering famously scored the Al Quoz in 2016.
Nevertheless, the 12-time Group 1 profitable coach stated Rothfire would have needed to win the Winterbottom, the place he completed fifth because the $5.50 favorite and didn’t benefit from the agency monitor, to warrant heading abroad.
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Rothfire will now goal the Queensland winter carnival along with his important purpose the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, the race he completed third in final yr behind Alligator Blood.
“There isn’t any likelihood you will notice Rothfire on the races in autumn, it is going to be the Queensland winter carnival for him,” Heathcote declared.
“The Stradbroke might be his important purpose, he was unfortunate in that race final yr from a large barrier and nonetheless completed third behind Alligator Blood who I feel is a world champion.
“If I can get him again into that kind, we will definitely be very aggressive once more.
“I scrapped the abroad plan after he struck that onerous monitor in Perth.
“For him to have gone to Dubai, which I used to be considering, he would have wanted to have received that Perth race and pulled up nice.
“However the reality he solely ran fifth that was sufficient for me to drag the pin, deliver him house and deal with the winter.”
In the meantime, stablemate and fellow Group 1 winner Startantes may also goal the Queensland winter carnival.
Startantes scored a sensational last-to-first win in final yr’s Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara however was then disappointing in three Sydney spring carnival runs.
“She was nicely beneath her finest in the course of the spring however she might be again for her Tatt’s Tiara defence and possibly a crack on the Stradbroke,” Heathcote stated.
“She may go to Sydney late within the autumn, however that’s unlikely.
“She actually received’t race in The Championships, she received’t be prepared for that.”
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