Felix is Warwick's best Boxing Day hope if track dry
RACING: Warwick trainer Len Bryant won't be complaining if the rain holds off to Saturday night, his horse Felix likes a dry track.
The five-year-old gelding is owned by Freestone couple Cliff and Donna Shelley and has two wins, one second and two thirds in 11 starts for $17,850 prize money.
Felix was third in Beaudesert over 1100m late November with jockey Michael Hellyer on board and Bryant said it appeared the gelding needed more distance.
So connections are giving Felix more distance in the Boxing Day races on Saturday at Allman Park, 1350m, for the first time.
"His longest distance previously has been 1200m."
Two weeks later, Bryant started Felix at a TAB meeting in Warwick and said his run was very ordinary when he finished 12th out of 14.
"I put that down to a wet track, there was a storm during the race meeting and our race was after the rain," he said.
"His two runs on a heavy track haven't been good."
The horse has experienced a bit of Australia in his career. He was bred by Ged and Jan Nolan at Gladfield, raced in Western Australia, then bought by Freestone connections and trained in Warwick.
"Felix won a maiden at Pinjarra in Western Australia," Bryant said.
"He has been lightly raced and we are keen to start him in Warwick on Boxing Day."
There were eight additional nominations after nominations for five races were extended taking the total to 107.
Bryant expects a top day of racing, especially as Gold Coast and Warwick are the only two meetings in South Queensland on Boxing Day.
"We get a better quality field when there is better prize money due to the meeting having TAB status," he said.
Racing has been in the news in recent weeks with changes in the wind to all levels of racing.
Bryant said he was very concerned about the announcements which talked about lower prize money and less meetings.
"I wouldn't like to be a young person investing in the industry now," he said.
Felix is in the Brian Bunch Plumbing Class 2 Handicap and his horse will come up against two Warwick horses, Ollie Runs Riot trained by Les Clarke and Sorority Sister trained by Garry Schwenke.
Race 1 Hope's Body Repairs/Lang and Walker Country Qld Showcase BM 79 Handicap 1200m - 15 nominations.
Race 2 Warwick Daily News BenchMark 60 Handicap 2000m - 17 nominations.
Race 3 PSP Video Happy New Year Class 4 Handicap 1500m - 12 nominations.
Race 4 Steele's Bakery and Cafe Class 3 Plate 1100m - 12 nominations.
Race 5 Brian Bunch Plumbing Class 2 Handicap 1350m - 15 nominations.
Race 6 Hynes Newsagency/Carey Bros Meats Maiden Handicap 1200m - 16 nominations.
Race 7 K and R Plumbing Supplies QTIS Three-year-old Maiden Handicap 1100m - 20 nominations.