In-form trainer Desleigh Forster reckons her lightly-raced sprinter Khaleeq will win better races than a midweek maiden at Sunshine Coast.
The Bianconi gelding had finished down the track on debut at Ipswich last month but the real Khaleeq turned up for the Blacklaw Blake Hcp (1000m) on Wednesday. He jumped straight to the front and extended in the straight to score by nearly three lengths.
“He’s a promising young horse and we were very disappointed at Ipswich,” Forster said. “We went there thinking he would just win but he was bumped from the inside and outside and just turned it up. The blinkers went on today and that made a difference.”
Khaleeq’s older half-brother Shafeeq (Refuse To Bend) won a Sunshine Coast maiden as a three year-old and went on win 7 races including 3 in Brisbane.
They were both bred and part-owned by Kevin Anderson who raced their dam Tahitian Affair (Hula Chief) to win her first two starts at Eagle Farm and Doomben in March 2003.
Bianconi (Danzig) has sired 536 individual winners at a 61% strike-rate in a stud career that’s still going strong at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East. He will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee this year.