Adrian Coome hopes for a case of ‘One Upmanship’ at Doomben Saturday.
Published 17 August 2022
Although he didn’t say so, Callaghan Park trainer Adrian Coome is hoping it will be a case of “one upmanship” when he starts his in-form pair Plenty and Executive Stress at Doomben on Saturday.
Over the last two weekends, fellow Rockhampton trainers Tom Smith and Clinton Taylor made the trip with Better Rain and Betterdeel to Eagle Farm where both horses were runners-up.
Coome has taken this on board especially with Executive Stress (Race 2 -TAB 3) which won and relegated Betterdeel into second placing over 1200 metres at Callaghan Park on August 1.
Prior to that Executive Stress, raced by Brisbane Racing Club chairman’s Neville Bell’s Kilto Park Thoroughbreds, had won for Coome and Saturday’s jockey Brad Pengelly in Rocky on July 19.
“Executive Stress has been going well, actually every bit as good as he has done in the last few wins. When Clint’s horse (Betterdeel) ran second down in Brisbane the other day I thought why not give him a go in Brisbane as well”. Coome explained.
He believes the race in question, the $125,000 3YO BM 72 (1350m) is very suitable while noting “it is not an easy one in any way”.
However, Adrian explained that it is in the back of his mind that Executive Stress ran a strong third on his debut behind trainer Tom Button’s subsequent Sydney placegetter Jemeldi.
“That’s good form”, he said.
Stablemate, Plenty (R 3 -TAB 5) contests the $75K Open Handicap (1350m) and will be ridden by Jim Byrne who is riding in vintage winning form.
Last start Plenty was an eye catching third in the $100K Cleveland Bay Handicap (1300m) at Townsville on August 6 and according to his trainer has “come through that race really well”.
“Open handicaps are always tough in Brisbane, however really apart from Go Wandji this race isn’t the strongest I have seen. Plenty is a very honest horse and deserves a crack down there”, Coome said.
Coome as a trainer is yet to win a race in Brisbane after only having saddled-up a few horses there.
“I did ride a few winners down there though”, Coome said.
A few – I don’t think so Adrian! Very modest Adrian as you rode 33 metropolitan winners in Brisbane among a list of around 1000 all up.
Adrian will start two horses, Chesto’s Dream (R 3 -TAB 10) and Brazetti (R 6 – TAB 6) at the RJC’s Callaghan Park TAB races on Thursday.
Robbie Fradd rides both.
“Chesto’s Dream is an honest little horse and will try his heart out. Brazetti is going really well and I reckon he will be hard to beat”, Coome said.
Racing commences at Callaghan Park at 12.55pm and concludes at 5.10pm.