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Shafeeq1By Glenn Davis

Desleigh Forster was back in the winner's still at Eagle Farm last Saturday with her under-rated sprinter Shafeeq.

Shafeeq landed a well-timed plunge to score a commanding 1-1/4 length win in the Retailquip Open Handicap (1000m).

Forster, who is one of the quiet achievers among Brisbane's trainers ranks, was reluctant to take all the credit after Shafeeq landed his sixth win from 14 starts.

"He can be a real difficult horse to handle on the track and his work rider, Shaun Cooper has done a great job to get his mind on the job," Forster said.

"I'm delighted for his owners and I think they've all had something on him."

Shafeeq is owned by a syndicate of four headed by popular racing identity, Kenny Anderson.

Forster also praised apprentice Kirk Matheson who gave a polished display on the five-year-old son of Refuse To Bend.

"Young Kirk rode him a treat. He never panicked and you couldn't have got a better ride," Forster said.

Forster believes Shafeeq, who has only been in Forster's stables for one preparation, will come back better next campaign.

"He's only a midget but what you see is what you get with him," Forster said.

"He's a real speed horse and he never gives in.

"Unfortunately he's not a Magic Millions horse so I'll give him a break now.

"I'd like to be proven wrong but I doubt he'll be back in time for the summer sprints but I think he'll make an even nicer handicap horse next campaign."

 

SHAFEEQ:

AGE: 5yo SEX: g COLOUR : b PRIZEMONEY: $100,000

SIRE: Refuse To Bend (Ire) DAM: Tahitian Affair by Hula Chief (NZ)

TRAINER: Desleigh Forster at Eagle Farm

COLOURS: Orange, purple diagonal stripes, pink sleeves, orange cap, purple pom pom

OWNERS: K J Anderson, I Chant, B A Gilbert, A M Stanton, S J Drury

WINS: 1 (1110m), 3 (1050m), 2 (1000m)

Photos Courtesy of Trackside Photography

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