Top stayer Kaiser Franz (Savabeel x Call Me Lily), who resumes racing on Saturday, is typical of
horses who are disadvantaged by the closure of Eagle Farm racetrack.
Kaiser Franz, who was sold for $65,000 from Trelawney's 2012 NZB Premier draft, has had 39 race starts but only four of them have been at Eagle
Farm which has been closed for long periods in the past three years.
Ironically Kaiser Franz's best effort was a win in the Gr.3 Premier's
Cup (2200m) on May 27 which was the last day Eagle Farm raced before being shut
down for a second time.
Trainer Robert Heathcote points out Kaiser Franz's other Eagle Farm runs
were a third in a winter carnival lead-up race, a close-up fourth and an
unlucky fifth in unsuitable races.
"He went up 13 ratings points for the Premier's Cup win. But he was one
of the few horses to handle Eagle Farm and now it is closed for who knows how
long," Heathcote said.
"His rating would be fine if he were able to race at Eagle Farm but while
he has won twice at Doomben he is nowhere near as effective there."
Kaiser Franz, who hasn't run since finishing midfield in the Ipswich Cup in
June, will be ridden by Emma Ljung.
Heathcote said Kaiser Franz would find Saturday's race too short but was going
along nicely and had won first-up..
"He isn't a Magic Millions horse and I don't think he is up to a Summer
Cup or Christmas Cup in Sydney," Heathcote said.
"So we will just potter along and try to pick up some summer staying
races. Hopefully Eagle Farm will be open for him next winter." AAP