ROB Heathcote has told his owners he has no idea what to expect from his big team of runners at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The multiple premiership-winning trainer is usually frank in assessing his horses but with the way Eagle Farm has been in its first two months since returning, he has no confidence in how his runners will perform.
“On paper it looks like I’m taking a strong team to the races, but how would you know how they will handle this track?” Heathcote said.
“It’s a mystery. It’s disappointing the way the track has raced and I just hope it comes good in the next few months so we can have some consistency.’’
Oberland is the most fancied of Heathcote’s 10 Eagle Farm acceptors and the trainer feels he should be unbeaten this time in.
“Hopefully Sairyn (Fawke) can have him two off the fence in the run and then just bring him to the outside,” he said.
Kelly Doughty’s Flamboyer is on trial for a start in Newcastle’s Cameron Handicap when he runs in the Chairman’s Club Handicap.
He will be ridden by apprentice Matt McGillivray, who intends to take Saturday rides in Brisbane during Sydney’s spring carnival.
Two-state premiership winner Larry Cassidy will make a low-key return when he takes the mount on Les Kelly’s Forbidden Kisses at the Gold Coast (Race 7) on Saturday in his first ride since June last year.