Desleigh Forster rates Apache Chase chances in 3YO QTIS Jewel

Trainer Desleigh Forster admits she was bemused when her horse Apache Chase was posted at double figure odds in early markets for the $500,000 3YO Jewel (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Early markets for The Jewel were dominated by unbeaten filly Miami Fleiss who is rated a short priced favourite.

Apache Chase was posted at $12 in first markets and was still a $10 chance on Thursday.

Forster isn’t knocking Miami Fleiss but feels her gelding is very well in at the weights against the favourite.

“At the set weights we really do look well in against most of these,” Forster said.

“We are giving Miami Fleiss two kilos but I reckon if it was a handicap we would be giving her eight kilos.”

“My horse was placed in a Group 3, won a Group 3 and was then fourth in the Magic Millions Guineas at his three runs before a break.”

“Have a look at who he has been racing against – some of the best three year olds around.”

“In the Magic Millions race Amish Boy just beat us home and he ran third in the Newmarket at Flemington last week.”

“It’s not bad form is it for a three year old set weights race.”

Forster said Miami Fleiss might be something special but her two wins were in a Sunshine Coast maiden and a five horse Doomben three-year-old.

“She might be a future star but at the handicaps and on form I don’t see they should be so far apart in the market,” she said.

Miami Fleiss is the clear-cut favourite for Saturday’s $500,00 3YO Jewel. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

Forster has a big wrap on Apache Chase who has won three of his eight starts and just under $400,000 in prizemoney.

“I have been saying all along you would see the best of him when he got to be a late three year old,” Forster said.

“He has always shown ability but if he did have a problem it was that he wasn’t very big.”

“But he has furnished into a really nice three year old. You will see a bigger and stronger horse.”

Top jockey Jim Byrne will be having his first ride on Apache Chase on Saturday.

“Jimmy has been riding him in trackwork and got a real feel of him in a jump out,” Forster said.

“He likes the horse and we should get a good run from the barrier.”

Apache Chase led in the Magic Millions Guineas over the longer 1400m but Forster doesn’t expect him to be in front on Saturday.

“There is a lot of pace on Saturday so we should be able to get some nice cover,” Forster said.

“He will be strong at the finish when some others might have had enough.”

Apache Chase has never run on a soft or heavy track but he is another successful son of sire Better Than Ready.

The Lyndhurst Stud based Better Than Ready has already sired a 2Y0 Jewel winner in The Odyssey who won the race in 2019.

The Odyssey is regarded as one of the best wet track horses in Queensland and won the 2Y0 Jewel on a very heavy track.

Forster said most of the Better Than Ready horses liked soft to heavy tracks.

Well known owner-breeder Michael Sherrin paid $50,000 for Apache Chase at the 2019 Gold Coast sales.

Sherrin and his family have raced several more than handy horses but Forster is confident Apache Chase can go on to be their best.

Originally published asApache Chase ready for big QTIS prize

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