It’s no coincidence that consistent mare Margie Bee produces her best on the state’s tighter tracks and trainer Kristen Buchanan hopes a short break and a return to a compact circuit like Gosford can do the trick.
The six-year-old rarely puts in a below-par effort and, while a couple of her early wins were at Newcastle and Kembla, for the most part when she does it is on a large track like Randwick which was the case at her last appearance as she faded to be beaten almost six lengths in an 1800m Midway a month ago.
That run was a week after a bold front-running display to finish runner-up to So Wicked also at Randwick but Buchanan said Wednesday’s XXXX Handicap (1600m) is an ideal race to re-emerge in.
“She’s free-running and a very genuine front-runner so the shorter straights make it harder for others to pick her up,” Buchanan said.
“She’s had a couple of weeks out so she might be a bit soft still but that aside if she put in an average effort we’d spell her.
“She’s not going to the breeding barn, she’s modestly bred so we’re not in any rush to retire her.”
Buchanan says Margie Bee may not have backed up as well as she had hoped with the seven-day turnaround into her last run but she has previously backed up without an issue.
With the 3kg claim for apprentice Ellen Hennessy, Margie Bee will carry 56.5kg so Buchanan said she will get every chance to bounce back to her best.
“I think she went a bit hard, they weren’t far outside the record and it was pretty a solid run,″ the trainer said.