Mid-Week Wrap-up - 13 Oct, 2021

Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted bookended Wednesday’s Doomben midweeker with a couple of promising geldings, continuing a blistering start to the season for the Eagle Farm-based training partnership.

Birriecart made it two wins from as many starts when charging home to again overpower Shajaea in the Cascade QTIS Three-Year-Old Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m).

The three-year-old son of Husson was well-handled by Boris Thornton, on the same day his brother Damien landed the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield aboard Yearning.

The stable double was completed in the final event when He Knows, backed into a skinny $2.20 favourite at the jump, was the beneficiary of a cool Baylee Nothdurft ride to win running away.

The four-year-old had shown Saturday city potential last season, but has taken time to find his best this time around.

Punters obviously liked what they saw at Caloundra in his previous start and he rewarded their patience here, proving far too strong in the TAB Venue Mode Class 1 Plate (1350m)

The O’Dea-Hoysted partnership is running hot this season, currently third on the state premiership with an enviable strike rate of better than 25 per cent. Their metropolitan stats are even better. The team has 16 wins, second to only Tony Gollan, with a winner coming at better than one in three starters!

The team has four starters accepted for Eagle Farm on Saturday, including last start Doomben winner It’s All Talk, who steps up to 1400m in the Lexus 3YO Quality.

Another stable in form at the moment is Desleigh Forster, who backed up Saturday’s Eagle Farm treble with another winner thanks to Bi Turbo, who comfortably broke his maiden status in the XXXX Dry Colts, Entires and Geldings Maiden Handicap (1050m).

Georgie’s Pride, who is stabled right next door to Golden Eagle-bound stablemate Apache Chase, is out to continue the Forster momentum when she runs in Saturday’s St Rita’s Cup at Eagle Farm.

Forster also has Better Than Ready filly Brave Chase engaged to run in Saturday’s XXXX Dry 2YO Handicap (1000m).


Photo provided by: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography