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Gold Coast a finely cut mission for Pike

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike is keen to run stakes performer Indecision at the Gold Coast on Saturday, but there is little room for error in terms of the travel arrangements. 

Pike has seven horses set to fly to Brisbane from Auckland on Friday and can ill afford any delays with the duo set to compete 24 hours later.

“The trip over is probably no different to going to Wellington for a meeting down there. It is probably easier,” Pike said.

“She will run on Saturday as long as the plane schedule goes to plan. I think they are due to arrive about 10:50am Queensland time. As long as all that goes to plan and they travel well and I am happy with her over night, then she will run on Saturday.

“We are staying at Eagle Farm which is quite handy as it is only 10 minutes from the airport.”

Three-time Listed winner Indecision, who runs in the Trelawney colours, will be ridden by Leith Innes on Saturday and Pike believes the daughter of Per Incanto is well-placed to perform at her best fresh-up.

“She trialled very well at Waipa and then had an exhibition gallop at Te Rapa last Saturday,” Pike said.

“She always goes well in a fresh state and we probably couldn’t have her going any better to be fair.

“It is a step up to Australian sprinting company, but she is against her own sex and has drawn a good gate in barrier three. If she could gain some Australian black-type before heading to stud then it would be a huge benefit for Brent and Cherry (Taylor of Trelawney Stud who own the mare).

“The fillies and mares are probably the best horses to take over there, there is pretty much a race for her every week for the next two months.

“There are plenty of options but it is the start of the carnival and the interstate horses are coming up so we will see where she fits in the scheme of things.”

Trelawney will also be represented in Queensland by the Robert Priscott-trained Igraine who holds a nomination for the Gr.1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 18. – NZ Racing Desk