22.2.19

Big weekend for Qatar Racing trio

Endless Drama, Charge and Zousain will all carry the Qatar Racing claret and gold in Group races in Australasia on Saturday.

First up is Endless Drama who runs in the Group 1 Haunui Farm Classic over 1600m at Otaki Racecourse in New Zealand. The race is due off 03:14 GMT and features 14 runners, with seven-year-old enture Endless Drama bidding improve on his fifth in a Listed race last time - which was his first start in a race since June.

Endless Drama is the only runner in the race representing Chris Waller, and he'll be ridden by Larry Cassidy. Jockey Opie Bosson has won every Group 1 in New Zealand except this race and the champion jockey will try to complete the set aboard star mare Melody Belle, who looks the chief danger to Endless Drama.

Zoustar's sons Zousain and Charge (who also represent Chris Waller) both run at Caulfield in Australia, with Zousain likely to start a very short price in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (03:55 GMT) over 1200m - especially with news having broken that Godolphin's Tin Hat is under offer to Asian interests and thus won't run in the race. Spin has also come out, which just leaves four rivals against Zousain, though they do include the unbeaten Terbium.

Charge goes in the 1100m Oakleigh Plate (05:50 GMT) which forms the middle leg of the autumn sprinting series over the Melbourne Autumn Carnival, preceded by the Group 1 Lightning Stakes and followed followed by the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap in the first week of March. The Oakleigh Plate has been won by the likes of Fastnet Rock (2005), Snitzel (2006) and Starspangledbanner (2010).

Unsurprisingly, this year's renewal looks very competitive, with Charge's stablemate Nature Strip coming into the race on the back of a Group 2 win and clear favourite from Eduardo, who also won a Group 2 last time, albeit in October (won barrier trial this month). Charge is around a 25/1 shot so will need to up his game but he remains lightly raced after 10 starts so is not without a chance.