Brisbane’s big-wet has played havoc with recent racing schedules and Eagle Farm trainer Desleigh Forster can attest to that after having Adebisi all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Adebisi (3c Shovhog – Hell For Leather by Sanction) was drawn to win the Gold Edition Stakes at Doomben last Saturday before the meeting was called off. He was due to jump from the inside gate but, when the race was redrawn for this Saturday, he got gate 14.
At his best, Adebisi has enough ability to see off his rivals tomorrow but the colt has been a handful since resuming from a spell in October. He choked down first-up at Eagle Farm and followed up with a wayward display when a tongue-tie was applied at Doomben last month.
“Adebisi was good enough to go south for the spring carnivals,” Forster explained. “But we decided not to rush and gave him a good spell instead.”
Forster always had the Gold Edition as his goal but she had him primed to peak a week ago.
Adebisi won juvenile events at Eagle Farm and Doomben before bumping into Pressday at the last winter carnival. He wasn’t far away from Sydney’s top-shelf colt in the G2 Champagne Classic, G2 Sires’ Produce Stakes and G1 T J Smith.
“He’s a late October foal and was still a baby,” Forster added. “I’ve found if you look after babies they’ll look after you in the long run.”
Adebisi is by deceased Raheen Stud sire Shovhog and is a younger brother to stablemate The Gingermeister who has won at Doomben and Ipswich in the last month.
Raheen studmaster Basil Nolan took The Gingermeister back home when she failed to reach a $15,000 reserve at the 2008 Magic Millions Winter yearling sale. But he sold Adebisi to Forster when she bid $15,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Summer yearling sale.
Forster will nominate the The Gingermeister for a Metro Class 3 for Fillies & Mares later this month.
As for Adebisi, Forster is still quietly confident he will make the grade next year. “After this campaign, I will give him another good spell. Hopefully, he will measure up to the better races at the 2011 winter carnival.”