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Brisbane First Priority For Stud Bound Gesemi
A trip across the Tasman for a romantic rendezvous might yet produce racetrack success for Cambridge mare Gesemi, reports NZ Racing Desk. Raced by the families of long-time Murray Baker stable clients Alistair Lawrence and John Rattray, the 5YO Ekraar mare will tackle tomorrow's Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm. Baker and co-trainer Andrew Forsman have pencilled in a start in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on 2 July should Gesemi perform well this weekend. However, a winter campaign is not the primary reason for the trip. "She's probably going to stud in Australia and it makes sense to send her now with these couple of races that suit. Hopefully she can pay her expenses," Baker said. Gesemi flew to Australia on Sunday and has pleased the stable in the lead-up to the Tatt's Cup but Baker admitted he didn't know how she would measure up. "We've just got to see," he said. "She doesn't do the really heavy tracks we've got back home at the moment and this a $200,000 race with just seven runners so we think it's well worth a shot." Baker added: "I don't really know how she'll go, to be honest. But she ran a good third at Te Rapa in the Travis Stakes at Group Two level on a better track. She's run fourth in the Rotorua Cup and third in the Cornwall [Handicap] since, but the tracks were just too heavy for her. It's a slow track over there at the moment but a slow 7 in Australia isn't like a slow 7 at home." Gesemi, who again races in blinkers on Saturday, has won six of her 24 starts. Among her rivals are the Adrian and Harry Bull-trained last-start Brisbane Cup winner Benzini and former Kiwi galloper Brave Ali.