Kiernan hopes to be toast of Ferguson Park
LEE Kiernan's future is looking brighter than he would have expected back in December, 2015 somehow opening with a flurry of positive outcomes.
The momentum for the Gladstone trainer started back at Gladstone's last race meeting, where his horse Base Jump narrowly won by 0.2 length.
At the time, Kiernan was unsure just how his horses were going to perform, fearing they were 'under done'.
Since Christmas though, operations have returned to normal, with daily trackwork now completed.
He is more optimistic, even though Base Jump won back in December.
"I have been doing well since Christmas, we have been getting them run around and getting them back on the track," he said.
"They will all give a good account of themselves."
Another positive for Kiernan is a stable newcomer.
After four runs outside Queensland, Miss Sappy was welcomed to Gladstone a month ago.
Today will be her first run under Kiernan's watch.
"She has not run in Queensland before, that can get to them, the heat," he said. "The track too, we will see how she handles it."
But the trainer is not expecting Miss Sappy to set the world alight.
Running from a wide barrier, the going is always hard to make up in Gladstone.
"Out in nine it is hard," Kiernan said. "But she has hard four starts, she ran a third in Melbourne, so there is potential."
He also thinks there is a chance he could celebrate two or three wins today.
Always confident about track specialist Base Jump, Kiernan is waiting for Northern Shift to break his drought.
Jumping from barrier one inside Fraha in race one, now could be the time.
"He is due sometime, he has run two seconds in Gladstone at his last two starts," Kiernan said.
The only other Gladstone horse running at the five-race meet is Denis Schultz-trained Azahara.