Schweida Confident of Success for Cape Kidnappers in 2014 W.J. Healy

June 20th, 2014

Queensland-based trainer Kelly Schweida is confident of another polished performance from in-form sprinter Cape Kidnappers in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday, despite being charged with carrying a race-high weight of 60kgs.

Cape Kidnappers has contested a near-perfect lead up to the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes

Cape Kidnappers has contested a near-perfect lead up to the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Returning to the track in great form this season, Cape Kidnappers was unlucky to finish seventh when blocked for a run in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1110m) first-up on May 10th, but will be aiming for a third consecutive race win in the W.J. Healy Stakes after strolling home to claim the Listed Chief De Beers (1110m) and Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) most recently.

Yet to contest an event over 1200 metres this time in, Schweida said Cape Kidnappers will have no issue in stepping up in distance for the W.J. Healy Stakes, but would prefer a fair running surface at Eagle Farm.

“He has earned it and he has gone up in the ratings while a few others have come down,” Schweida told AAP of the Commands gelding’s 60kg handicap.

“But he has won his past two starts at Listed company so you can’t complain.

“I am worried about the track. We just haven’t had any rain and it could be rock-hard again.

“They keep predicting rain and none comes. So if you water it and it actually does rain everyone complain.”

Claiming a total of nine wins and three minor places from just 13 competitive race starts to date, Cape Kidnappers has contested just one event over 1200 metres previously; the Prestwidge Financial Services Handicap in the spring of 2011, for a comfortable half-length victory.

Allocated the central barrier 6, Cape Kidnappers has been confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Damien Browne and is currently sole occupant of the second line of betting for success in the W.J. Healy Stakes at a quote of $4.20.

Returning to racing in great form this season, Bennetta is outright $3.70 favourite to win the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes.

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