Trainer hopes Doc’s a tonic

Updated November 6 2012 - 11:26am, first published February 22 2008 - 6:00am
WHAT’S UP DOC? Emma Donaldson with galloper Doc Searle.

BENDIGO trainer Graham Donlaldson is hoping for a change of luck with Doc Searle in tomorrow’s $75,000 Country Showcase Final (1300 m) at the Bendigo Jockey Club. Three weeks ago Donaldson’s best performed horse Sanireka, which earned about $140,000 in stakemoney, escaped from his Epsom property and was hit by a car on the Midland Highway.The veteran galloper was killed.‘‘Losing Sanireka knocked us around a bit,’’ Donaldson said yesterday.‘‘He was a great horse for us and you don’t replace horses like him easily.’’ A win for Doc Searle, Sanireka’s brother, tomorrow would go some way to erasing the disappointment.‘‘We had Doc Searle in at Donald on Saturday in an easier race, but the race at Bendigo is $50,000 to the winner and we think he’s a good chance,’’ Donaldson said.‘‘He’s drawn well (barrier three) and he should get a nice run in the race.’‘ For that sort of money you have to have a go.’’ A good run tomorrow from Doc Searle is likely to convince Donaldson to make the long trek to Broken Hill for the Broken Hill Cup (1600 m) on March 8.‘‘Sanireka ran second in the Broken Hill Cup last year and I think the race would suit Doc Searle,’’ Donaldson said.‘‘He’s won five races at 1200 m, but I think he’s starting to look for more ground now.’’ Donaldson has high hopes for another runner from his stable tomorrow - Sweet Svengali.The four-year-old mare will run in a 0-68 Handicap after running third at its first two starts this campaign.Donaldson’s daughter, Emma, is a part-owner of Doc Searle and Sweet Svengali and rides both horses in trackwork.‘‘Both horses have worked really well,’’ Emma said.‘‘They worked together the other day and there was nothing between them.’’Emma said Doc Searle can get fired up on race day.‘‘He gets stirred up and has to be led all the way to the barriers,’’ Emma said.’‘ Usually it’s a good sign. When he gets fired up he tends to race well and when he’s quiet he doesn’t run so good.’’ The BJC will also the stayers $75,000 Country Showcase Final (2400 m) tomorrow.Bendigo will be represented by the Jamie Scott-trained Let’s Have Lunch.A last-start winner at Swan Hill, Let’s Have Lunch will be ridden by Bendigo jockey Wayne Hokai.Marong Cup winner Done And Dusted, trained at Bendigo by Allen Browell, is first emergency for the staying event.

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