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07/06/02 Suzy Set to Start in Stradbroke

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Local trainer Alan Bailey looks set to start Suzy Grey in tomorrow's Group One $1 million Stradbroke Handicap despite the chances of the Eagle Farm being significantly rain affected.

Bailey, who will also run Libidinious and Make Mine Magic in the rich event, said this morning that Suzy Grey "would probably" go around tomorrow despite forecasts of more rain on race day tomorrow.

The mare will be sent to the paddock after tomorrow's race and set for the feature events over the spring carnival and Bailey said after being forced to scratch from other feature events in recent times he would most likely run her in the Stradbroke.

r7alanbailey.jpg (7101 bytes)Suzy Grey, already a Group Two winner of the Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide, ran a slashing fourth in the G2 QTC Cup last weekend after producing a powerful finish.

"Her effort was really good last Saturday," Bailey said. "Her run just seemed to end at about the 75 metre mark though."

Leading Queensland jockey Jason Taylor will retain the ride on the daughter of County and the pair will jump from barrier ten.

Bailey is also confident the speedy performer Libidinious would be confident in the big race. The trainer predicted that the 1400 metres at Eagle Farm, a big and spacious track, should suit the mare.

"There was a notable lack of pace in the Doomben 10,000 and Falvelon and co were able just to bowl along in front and set the race up from there," he said. "If the same thing happens tomorrow she should be able to give a pretty big sight."

Make Mine Magic has drawn perfectly in barrier two but is likely to be up against it this year. The grey gelding ran a big race in last year's Stradbroke.

"We had a pretty ordinary draw last year and if he had or had this year's draw twelve months ago he probably would have won," Bailey said. "So this good draw might just be twelve months too late."

Racing pic by Jenny Barnes.
Bailey pic by Quentin Lang.

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