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Wheeler Quietly Planning Brisbane Raid
Astute NZ trainer John Wheeler has earmarked the $1 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 8 for versatile performer and Gr1 ARC Railway Stakes runner-up Jetset Lad (Elusive City-Jetset Lass, by Jetball). Wheeler has an enviable record when preparing for Queensland winter carnival raids, with dual Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, triple Gr1 Doomben Cup and Gr1 Queensland Derby legend Rough Habit (Roughcast-Certain Habit, by Ashabit) the obvious example. Jetset Lad was placed three times at stakes level from four Brisbane appearances in 2012 and Wheeler commented on his impending 2013 campaign: "He's the author of his own destiny and he's got a gorgeous nature everywhere except on raceday when he really gets aggressive… Generally it's his own fault, but he's a really good horse and he's right up there with Veyron and company… When he sees daylight you can't hold him so the Stradbroke will suit him ideally – they go hard from start to finish and when he's in that cruise mode he can find the line."