Badham trio on plate
ACCLAIMED "king of the twoyear-olds'', Rockhampton trainer Dave Badham may have three starters in Saturday's $27,000 Breeders Plate (1000m) at Callaghan Park.
Badham has Deceiving, Forade and Netori among the 14 entries for the Plate ? the first race for juveniles for the 2005-06 season in Central Queensland.
In recent years the Breeders Plate could easily have been renamed the 'Badham Plate' as his record in the time-honoured race for two-year-olds is nothing short of freakish.
Badham will be chasing his fifth consecutive Breeders Plate after winning with Evading (2004), Kai Cibo (2003), Kai Chow (2002), and Waiter (2001).
Badham has won the Plate six times as he also trained winners Revenue Raiser (1995) and Misreal (1999).
His three entries for Saturday's race, all started and were placed in the recent Breeders Plate trials over 900 metres at Callaghan Park on Sunday, October 2.
Netori (Nediym-Vitner) finished 3.75 lengths second behind boom youngster Private Ascot which is a Breeders Plate omission after suffering some soreness problems.
Deceiving (Dodge-Rory's Delight) finished 4.25l away third behind Netori while Forade (Forever Regal-Herarde) finished second, beaten a half-length by Clem Jackson's Spectrum(IRE) gelding Cariboo Hills.
As well as Cariboo Hills, the wily Jackson will also start Allan and Jennifer Acton's expensive Canny Lad filly Rubies and Gold in the Breeders Plate.
Jackson, who has cut his string down considerably in recent years, has won the Breeders twice ? Drive On James (1981) and Bamako (1991).
Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe is likely to have two starters in Lazlo (Fine Action-Kaffryn) and Beg My Pardon (Royal Handout-Always Opera).
Entries for Saturday's glitzy St Peters program at Callaghan Park are excellent and a record crowd is being tipped.