Queensland's Crowd Favourites are Back on Track

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Queensland's most exciting young prospect Rothfire will have a critical test at Eagle Farm on Saturday before he heads to Sydney to scale new heights.

Those heights may even extend to the TAB The Everest, billed as the richest race on turf in the world with $15 million in prizemoney, set to run at Royal Randwick on October 17.

Rothfire will feature in an exhibition gallop with a stable companion after the fourth race and trainer Robert Heathcote has signalled it will be a good test of the three-year-old’s progress.

In June Rothfire won the Group 1 XXXX Dry J.J. Atkins at Eagle Farm in a four lengths romp, which has left his supporters hoping he can match up to a highly talented crop of three-year-olds in Sydney in the next two months.

Heathcote is relieved Rothfire has quickly recovered from an injury scare when he suffered minor scratches in a stable accident overnight on Monday.

The abrasions forced Heathcote to abandon plans to give Rothfire a fitness test in a Doomben jumpout on Tuesday morning.

Another Sydney Spring Carnival aspirant on show at Eagle Farm is the Gold Coast-trained Supergiant who resumes in the TAB Long May We Play Handicap over 1400 metres.

In his Brisbane winter campaign the lightly raced Supergiant won the Gunsynd Quality and was runner-up in the Rough Habit Plate.

His opposition includes crowd favourite The Candy Man, the almost white warhorse who has overcome considerable physical adversity to win 10 of his 22 starts.