Counterattack was scratched from the Group 1 BTC Cup over the weekend, however trainer Chris Waller has confirmed the three-year-old will line up for Saturday’s 2016 Fred Best Classic (1350m) at Doomben Racecourse.
Counterattack has produced a number of impressive performances for Waller through his entire racing career since first appearing on course competitively in 2015; claiming three wins and six minors through a total of fourteen starts.
Having drawn wide for his run in the BTC Cup on Saturday, Waller told AAP he believes the Fred Best Classic; a race which delivers its winner ballot-free entry into the Stradbroke Handicap, will likely suit the son of Redoute’s Choice far better.
“He lost his rider before the Newmarket Handicap so he didn’t get to run there,” Waller said.
“He is a Group One horse in the making but whether it’s this season or next, I’m not sure.
“He drew badly in the BTC Cup so he needs a bit of luck with the barriers.”
Producing a number of typically smart efforts as a two-year-old through the 2015 edition of the Brisbane Winter Carnival, Counterattack returned in spring for success in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m); progressing to fifth in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) before again taking out the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes (1200m).
Having ended his year third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Counterattack ran third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) first-up this time; placing fifth in the Listed Darby Munro (1200m) before running an agonizingly-close second in the Group 2 Arrowfield Sprint (1200m) most recently on Day 2 of The Championships.
Counterattack ran second in a talent-rich Randwick barrier trial on May 6th, and appears primed for a return to winning form in Saturday’s 2016 Fred Best Classic.
The 2016 Fred Best Classic final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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