By Glenn Davis
Desleigh Forster will reward Shafeeq with a well earned rest if the consistent five-year-old can return to winning form at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Shafeeq will be chasing his sixth win from 14 starts when he lines up in the Retailquip Handicap (1000m).
The son of Refuse To Bend will again be ridden by apprentice Kirk Matheson who piloted the gelding in his last fourth to the Liesele in an 1100-metre Class Six Plate (1110m) at Doomben on August 18.
Shafeeq is owned by a syndicate of four headed by popular racing identity, Kenny Anderson.
"He's coming back in distance to 100 metres and is going up in grade but he'll run very well," Forster said.
"I was going to run him in a Benchmark 80 over 1200 metres last time but he had 57.5 kilos and he's not very big.
"We're taking three kilos off him again with Kirk's claim and the race isn't that strong.
"The owners are a great bunch of people and I'll be delighted if he can win for them again."
Forster believes Shafeeq is maintaining his form despite being in work a long time.
Shafeeq started his campaign finishing fourth in a 1010-metre Doomben Dash on May 12, the same day Forster's stable flag bearer Adebisi finished sixth to Sea Siren in the G1 BTC Cup (1200m).
"That was his first run for me since he was transferred from Matty Tremble and he's only been out of the prizemoney twice since then," Forster said.
"He's got barrier seven which is an awkward draw and I thought he was a run short last time and needed the run.
"He'll be hard to beat but he'll go for a break after this before he comes back to racing and hopefully go through the grades."
Forster is hoping Starlin will be on his best behaviour when he backs-up in the Mt St. Michael's College Handicap (1400m).
"I put a crossover nose band on him when he ran fourth at Doomben last week but he was a bit rude and didn't like it," she said.
"All he wanted to do was hang and he proved a bit of a handful for Rosie Myers.
"Hopefully with the gear off he should race a lot better."
Starlin is owned by Gold Coast retiree Peter Wildman who has plenty of fun with the son of Starcraft, earning almost $60,000 during his career.