Guy has Fab plans for promising sprinter
Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy will test the waters for a Sydney trip with talented sprinter Fab Fevola at Doomben.
The rising three-year-old will make his comeback in Saturday’s CE Property Services Group Handicap (1110m) after being gelded following his only two starts.
Fab Fevola won on debut over 900 metres at the Gold Coast on March 11 then was turned out following his second to Bevagna over 1110 metres at Doomben on March 28.
Guy has a good opinion of Fab Fevola who made a huge impression when he strolled home by 10 lengths in a 1000-metre barrier trial win on his home track last week.
“It was a big trial win. His time was a lot faster than the winner of the open trial,” Guy said.
Guy won’t confirm a Sydney trip until after the son of Falvelon has two runs in Brisbane this campaign.
“I want to see how far he’ll get before we decide if he’ll go to Sydney,” Guy said.
“He’ll have to win his two races here to warrant taking him south, but if he does there’s plenty of nice races available for him down there.”
The $1 million Group One Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on August 29 looms as a possible target should Fab Fevola show the distance wouldn’t be beyond him.
“He’s not nominated for the Golden Rose but if he wins the two races we have in mind with him here then we’ll consider it,” Guy said.
“He’s drawn well (barrier five) and he’s got good gate speed so he should lead tomorrow.”
Guy has named the Liam Birchley-trained Fear No Other, who is also in line for a possible Sydney trip, as the hardest to beat.
Birchley won the the Inglis Classic (1200m) at Randwick in January with Fear No Other who was also nominated for Saturday’s Rosebud Quality (1200m) at Rosehill.
Glen Colless has been booked to ride Fear No Other who made his comeback when runner-up to The Mikado in a Two-Year-Old Plate (1200m) at Grafton on July 16.
Stathi Katsidis rode Fear No Other on Ramornie Handicap day at Grafton but has taken the mount on debutante Tea Roses for Deagon trainer Steele Ryan.
Birchley is concerned Fear No Other won’t have enough prizemoney to qualify if he goes to Sydney for the Golden Rose.
“The prizemoney he earned by winning the Inglis Classic in January doesn’t count towards the Golden Rose,” Birchley said.
“He’ll need to win tomorrow to earn a trip away and I still think he’s six months away from his best.”
By Glenn Davis