Brisbane lead-up race for 2016 Golden Rose contender

Impressive Brisbane three-year-old Oink is expected to have his lead-up race to the Group One Golden Rose in Brisbane rather than Sydney.

Trainer Kelly Schweida has a big opinion of Oink who resumed from a short break with a strong third at Doomben last week.

Schweida had considered running Oink in the Group Two Run To The Rose at Rosehill on Saturday but is now leaning to a Brisbane start.

The options for Schweida at Doomben on Saturday are a Plate over 1350m and a Three-Year-Old race at 1110m.

“Things are a bit rushed. But I think he might be better in Brisbane and then if he races well we can head to Sydney for the Golden Rose,” Schweida said.

“I have always said he would be a top three-year-old but maybe not this soon.”

Oink raced well during the winter with his best effort a second in the Group Three Ken Russell Memorial at the Gold Coast.

He was not disgraced in Group One company when sixth to Sacred Elixir in the J J Atkins Stakes in June.

“The J J Atkins run was good and he did get home well when third first-up at Doomben last week. He had to come from a bad barrier so it was a handy run,” Schweida said.

An $80,000 yearling, Oink is raced by a syndicate which includes Grant and Keiley Bell, the parents of jockey Tim Bell who died in an accident in Singapore last November.

Bell’s partner Heidi Whalley is also in the syndicate which bought the horse for Bell to ride in Group races.

Oink races in a special set of colours which incorporate a bell.

“The horse was bought to run in Group races and he is showing he is up to it,” Schweida added.

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