After running a disappointing seventh in the Listed Bright Shadow Handicap (1200m) at her last start, Tony Pike is expecting a better performance from Indecision when she takes her chance in tomorrow’s Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich.
“She is a Listed race winner in New Zealand and there were excuses in both her defeats in Brisbane,” Pike said.
“We thought enough of her to bring her across from New Zealand and this is a race which suits from a good barrier.”
Indecision, a five-year-old by Per Incanto, has drawn ideally at barrier two and drops half a kilogram from the weight she carried last start.
Pike, who has enjoyed a fruitful Queensland Winter Carnival with The Bostonian, will also run Terra Sancta in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) on the same card. The Pierro four-year-old mare was a last start sixth over 1710m on the Ipswich track on May 29 and is expected to be better suited by the extra distance tomorrow.
Jim Byrne, rated the best jockey on the tricky Ipswich track, has been booked to ride Terra Sancta while another highly successful Queensland rider, James Orman, will be on Indecision.
New Zealand will also be represented by Sampson in tomorrow’s Ipswich Cup. The nine-year-old Dubai Sensation gelding is coming off a last start 10th out of 11 in the P.J. O’Shea Stakes (2200m) at Doomben on June 1 and will carry topweight of 58kg.
Trainer Howie Mathews is happy with the horse’s condition and is using this race as a lead up to the Queensland Cup (3000m) the following Saturday.