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Liesele Chasing More Stakes Success At Home
The vagaries of the Flemington straight proved too much for talented Queensland sprinting mare Liesele (Exceed and Excel-Love's Here, by Dehere) last start, but trainer Liam Birchley is expecting a much improved performance back on home soil at Doomben tomorrow, reports sportsnews.com.au. Liesele, whose only black-type success to date was in the Listed Alinghi Stakes two starts ago, finished seventh to Dystopia in the GH Mumm Stakes on November 7 and Birchley is prepared to put a line through that performance. "It was a bit of a non-event and she never seemed to get into rhythm at any stage at Flemington," Birchley said. "It's a funny sort of situation with horses in straight races. They either handle it or they don't and unfortunately she fell into the category that doesn't." With regular rider Damian Browne suspended, Birchley has booked top Queensland hoop Glen Colless for tomorrow's Listed Travel Associates Classic (1200m) at Doomben in which Liesele has drawn favourably in barrier five. "The alley is perfect for her because she likes to get a suck run in behind them and she's got a good sprint at the end of her races," Birchely said. "If she can be saved for one run at them in the straight she's pretty hard to stop." Liesele has hitherto won 9 of her 38 starts for $419,600 earnings.