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Weir aims for Stradbroke with Rageese
16 May 2016 | By

  Street Cry's stakeswinning son Rageese (Image:Racing Photos)

Darren Weir has Rageese (Street Cry) on a path towards the Stradbroke Handicap and the rejuvenated three-year-old can qualify for Brisbane’s biggest race with a win in Saturday’s Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m). 

With Brad Rawiller in Adelaide to ride Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars) in the Goodwood, Weir has booked Kerrin McEvoy to partner Rageese in the Group 3 contest at Doomben. 

Should Rageese win the Fred Best Classic and gain exemption from the Stradbroke ballot, McEvoy can also ride light and would be able to continue the association in the feature Group 1 on June 11. 

“He’s been competitive at the top level from an early age and it looks like Darren has him firing again,” McEvoy said. 

“He looks a nice ride for Saturday in what should be a very competitive race.” 

Hugh Bowman is returning to Australia from Japan to ride Counterattack (Redoute's Choice) in the Fred Best Classic for Chris Waller, who will also have Sir Bacchus (Sebring) in the race. 

Blake Shinn has been booked to ride Spieth (Thorn Park) for young Sydney trainer Bryce Heys while Sold For Song (Collate) and Takedown (Stratum) are also expected to line-up. 

Rageese had accepted to run at Morphettville on Saturday but Weir elected to scratch to focus on Brisbane. 

Rageese is unbeaten in two starts since joining the Weir stable. 

He recorded a dominant win first-up at Sandown before crushing his rivals in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville on April 30. 

Rageese is rated a $17 chance in Stradbroke betting with Crownbet.