Scone trainer John Ramsey is never shy about taking a long-shot throw at the stumps with a three-year-old and he's hoping for a second hit when Love Me Quietly contests the group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Ramsey took $41 chance Never Listen to the VRC Oaks last November and came back with second place and $180,000 in prizemoney. That came after In Good Health was unplaced in the Queensland Oaks in June.
Love Me Quietly, with wins at Tamworth, Scone and Dubbo, was a $151 TAB chance for the Vinery, where Funstar and Probabeel dominate betting.
Ramsey believes she can finish in the money after a win and third over 1600m at her past two starts.
"I don't expect to be beating [Funstar and Probabeel], but I'd like to be running third or fourth and I reckon she's got the ability to do that," Ramsey said.
"She'll get the distance I reckon. Out at Dubbo, it wasn't a really strong race but she did win it pretty easy, then the other day, if Digger [McLellan] had his time again, he probably would have ridden her a little different and she probably nearly wins.
"She's fit and ready to rock'n'roll so we'll have a throw at the stumps."
AAP reports: Queensland's major race clubs will lose millions in revenue and sponsorship and shed hundreds of staff after the winter carnival was scrapped on Thursday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The carnival will be replaced by metropolitan races and some feature events.
The move will free up $9 million prize money which the clubs hope will be put back into the industry on a relief package.
But the major clubs will shed at least 500 casual and full-time staff and face joint losses running into the millions.
Racing Queensland also announced it would implement new zones for the state's racing industry from this weekend, banning movements of horses between these zones.
Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell said the decision to scrap the winter carnival was obviously disappointing for sponsors, members and the public.
"The BRC has always supported the health of our society and our industry in any measures taken in recent weeks," he said.
"We understand the seriousness of this situation. And we're not in this situation alone."
Bell said the announcement would have a significant financial impact on the club of around $3 million in sponsorship and revenue loss.
"We face tough decisions as we review our immediate operational costs to ensure that we are acting responsibly in these coming months," he said.
Gold Coast Turf Club chief executive Steve Lines said as a major function centre as well as racing precinct the club had been hit hard.
"We have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars already and it is heart-breaking to be laying off staff," Lines said.
"That isn't to mention the impact on our loyal sponsors who have supported us for years.
"But it is important to keep going and at least having some revenue income.
"We will all need some type of financial support and we aren't the only ones affected."
The Sunshine Coast Turf Club chairman Peter Boyce said it was a tough time which called for tough decisions.
"We feel for the entire industry at this time but it is vital we keep going," he said.
The Ipswich Turf Club has already announced a reduced Cup meeting in June and is hoping for a big Spring Cup meeting in September to boost its income.