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Heathcote Gets Behind Origin Jockey Series
Leading trainer Rob Heathcote is hoping to play an early part in the Origin Jockeys Series which gets underway at Eagle Farm on Saturday, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Heathcote has genuine chances in both origin races after booking Queenslander James Orman and Victorian Chris Symons to partner Wicked Trilogy and Bidii Babe respectively. Orman will partner Wicked Trilogy in the Origin Jockey Series Class Three Plate (1600m), while Symons will be aboard Bidii Babe in the Origin Jockeys Series Benchmark 85 Handicap (1200m). Heathcote believes the Origin Jockeys Series is a great concept. "I like it. It's a good concept and is exciting and should be embraced," he said. Heathcote decided against starting Biddi Babe against her own sex at Listed level in preference to the Origin race. "Some suggested I should have run her in the Listed race but after her last run over 1350 metres I thought she didn't quite get the trip," he said. "So, I decided to freshen her up and drop her back in distance for the Origin race." Meanwhile, Heathcote can't fault Wicked Trilogy's consistency and believes the 5YO mare is a genuine chance. "She's been racing really well and I'm very happy with her," Heathcote said. The final two meetings of the Origin Jockeys Series will be held at Doomben on Christmas Eve and the Gold Coast on 7 January.