A strong performance in the Scone Cup by More Energy will confirm a return to Queensland for the Jason Coyle-trained gelding.
The seven-year-old tackles Friday’s Listed Scone Cup (1600m) after a freshen-up with the goal of heading to stakes races during the Brisbane winter carnival.
More Energy started his racing career in Sydney with John Thompson and then had nine starts for Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson before being transferred to Coyle at Warwick Farm.
“If he runs well we can think about shooting him up to Queensland. There’s nothing picked out but he’s been there before and he seems to get around those tracks no problem,” Coyle said.
More Energy has recorded four of his six wins in Queensland with one apiece at the Sunshine and Gold Coast and two at Doomben in 2016.
Coyle took More Energy north last winter when he finished second to Rudy in the Group Three Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben.
Although the Scone Cup is shorter than ideal, Coyle thinks More Energy can be competitive.
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“Generally his best form is over further but you’d think on the freshen-up a mile should suit him,” he said.
“The Scone Cup is generally a nice tempo. The big track will suit and it plays fair so it’s the sort of track he could probably go quite well at.”
Coyle is also optimistic Siren’s Fury can make her presence felt in Saturday’s Group Three Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) providing she makes the field.
The four-year-old is equal 17th in the order of entry for the race which has a capacity field of 16.
Siren’s Fury resumed with a win in a 1300m-race at Hawkesbury on April 28.
“She was strong through the line and this was always the target second-up, she just has to get a start now,” Coyle said.
“Our other concern is getting a jockey to ride 53 kilos.”