Profit likely to target Queensland Derby over Australian Derby

Immediate plans for promising Brisbane three-year-old Profit are unresolved despite his impressive trial win at Eagle Farm.

Trainer Chris Anderson took blinkers off Profit in Tuesday’s barrier trial to assess how he would handle it in a race.

Profit was about five lengths off the early pace but came wide in the straight to win in a slick 58.25s for 1000 metres.

At his first run back from a spell, Profit was second to Naval Strike in a three-year-old handicap at Eagle Farm last Saturday week.

Anderson said Profit had become a bit cagey with racing and it was a test to see if he could be switched on without blinkers.

“It was a good trial and he got to the line strongly. It gives us plenty of options,”Anderson said.

“He will probably accept for a three-year-old at Eagle Farm on Saturday but he’s only 50/50 about starting.

“I want to see how he recovers before deciding on Saturday. We might even go a month between runs.”

Anderson said a trip to Sydney with Profit was a possibility but the Brisbane winter was a stronger option.

“We could go for the tail end of the Sydney carnival and then come back for the winter.”

Profit is entered for the Australian Derby but the Queensland Derby is looming as more likely.

“The next few days will probably make things clearer but at least he has trialled well,” Anderson said.

“I am not ruling out anything right at the moment.”

Profit’s stablemate Ballistic Boy is a definite starter in Saturday’s three-year-old handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm and his performance will decide whether he goes to Sydney this autumn.

Older sprinter Chapter And Verse was seen in a new role when he led most of the way to win his trial on Tuesday.

The Desleigh Forster-trained Chapter And Verse is likely to resume at the Gold Coast on Saturday week in the Listed Goldmarket or an open handicap.

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