Glenn Davis November 18, 2012
Desleigh Forster is set to test former Kiwi mare Poste Restante in the G3 Summer Cup at Randwick on Boxing Day following the mare's brilliant victory at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
With jockey Michael Cahill riding a cool race near the tail of the field, Poste Restante exploded after straightening to score a short neck over Dane Princess in the Harvey Bay Hotel Handicap (1830m).
It was Poste Restante's second win in three starts for Foster who continued her remarkable strike rate with the four-year-old's victory.
Forster is riding the crest of a winning wave and arguably has the best strike rate of any trainer in the country after notching up her 13th victory from her past 20 starters.
Foster's main concern before the race was a massive downpour which forced the track to be downgraded from good to a slow seven.
"She doesn't normally like the wet but she got through it okay because she was the class runner in the race," Forster said.
"I wasn't worried about her big weight nor with her wide draw as she always gets well back and runs home strongly."
Poste Restante was left in Forster's care after New Zealand trainer Howard Matthews brought her to Australia last season on a Queensland Oaks mission.
However, the daughter of Postponed was ridden upside down and led in the Queensland Oaks before weakening to finish eighth to fellow Kiwi filly, Quintessential.
Her Oaks defeat came after an eye-catching third to Brambles in the G3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) at Doomben which prompted Matthews to give her another chance to redeem her Oaks performance in the Queensland Derby.
However, Poste Restante's campaign had come to an end and she could manage only 12th to Brambles in the Queensland Derby.
Forster plans to run Poste Restante in a 2100-metre Class Six before heading to Sydney for the G3 Summer Cup (2400m) at Randwick on Boxing Day.
"Provided she runs well and comes through her next race she'll go to Sydney for the Summer Cup," Forster said.
"She'll only have the one run in Sydney before she spells to get ready for the Brisbane winter carnival."
Age: 4yo Sex: m Colour: b Prizemoney: $110,275
Sire: Postponed (USA) Dam: Little Tee (NZ) (by Volksraad (GB)
Trainer: Desleigh Forster at Eagle Farm
Colours: Light green and dark green quarters, light green sleeves and cap
Owners: Blair Racing Trust, D W Butler, A J Conner, M G Curtis, W D Macdonald, Dr L Rajpal & G K Ritson
Winds: 1 (1830m), 1 (1600m), 2 (1200m)