By Tony Megahey
Queanbeyan racing great Joe Cleary is never deterred by the opposition or the odds and while his star Lucy Rose failed at Flemington on Thursday the larrikin trainer is certain to bounce back with numerous live chances at home for Tuesday’s TAB meeting.
Joe has four runners throughout Queanbeyan’s seven-race TAB card as Lucy Rose takes a well-earned spell with the brilliant record of eight wins from just 16 starts including the recent Queanbeyan Thunderbolt and last season’s historic Wellington Boot.
“She’s been an absolute treasure for us, but it wasn’t her day - she travelled badly, played up at the barrier, forget she ever ran,” he said.
Cleary considers his latest emerging prospect Kiss My Swiss will go onto bigger occasions as she follows up a dynamic home debut maiden win recently into the Class 3 Dale & Hitchcock Handicap (900m).
From the prized rails draw she again will be ridden by Jess Taylor at 54kg who was highly excited when the three-year-old Swiss Ace-Regal Kiss filly won in sizzling time by a widening three lengths at $2.15.
Kiss My Swiss is too sharp on debut at Queanbeyan on October 28
As a result Joe was not afraid to jump grades with the flying filly.
“She is highly promising-natural speed filly, Jess was impressed and so was I as she ran faster time than a Class 3 the same day and unextended,” Joe enthused.
“We’d anticipate she’d lead again and, as she progressed from her debut win, they’ll need to be flying to run her down.
“After this she’ll be spelled to let her develop and then we’ll map out a plan. But you’ll be hearing a lot more about her.
“Tell the punters she and Concrete in the first, are my best for the day.”
Concrete contests the Earth Moving Creations Maiden (1460m) with 57kg for Troy Phillips.
“We secured Concrete from Victoria off Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, he’s a big strong impressive type. He’ll win races for sure on what’s he’s shown me already and how he’s settled in,'' he said.
“And the maiden win could be out of the way on Tuesday as he’s thrived and worked like a winner for this grade. He’s been placed in maidens at Geelong and Echuca and they’re invariably deep fields and ability with so many strong stables competing there.
Cleary’s final runner is lightly raced Mahir in a Moraschi Roofing 900m Maiden also to be ridden by Jess Taylor.
“Nice type this gelding, he’s in the right race and the way he’s progressed from his debut run, he’s a chance in a suitable maiden,'' he said.
Queanbeyan at present is rated a good four track in fine weather.