Ross hoping for Total Authority at Doomben

BRISBANE Aug 26 2016

As would be expected from a more than handy boxer Les Ross has climbed off the canvas to be back in business in the Brisbane training ranks.

Ross, who is still a member of a Brisbane boxing club, recently split with his biggest owner Mick Crooks after a highly successful partnership.

"I had a bit of a lean spot and Mick wanted to try something different," Ross said.

The Eagle Farm trainer has been in top form with six winners in the past four weeks including a double at Caloundra last Sunday.

"Things have been going OK in recent times and I hope it continues. In this business you have to take wins when they come," Ross said.

"I've got some nice horses including River Racer who is pretty handy."

One of the mainstays of Ross's stable has been six-year-old mare Total Authority in the Jim Beam Open (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

"She was a good third at Doomben in an open handicap behind some handy horses and then won well in restricted class at Eagle Farm," Ross said.

"The thing about her is she can get out and make her own luck."

Total Authority is raced by her breeder Eugene Nolan who will eventually also breed from the mare and Ross would love to add to her stud value with an Open win.

Flamboyer is edging Total Authority for favouritism with his trainer Kelly Doughty hoping to get him to next month's Group Three Cameron Handicap at Newcastle.

Flamboyer won his first two starts back from a spell and has been far from disgraced with a recent fourth at 1600m and a third over 1400m at Eagle Farm.

"If he races well on Saturday we will head to the Cameron otherwise he could be ready for a break," Doughty said.

Nolan also bred and races another of Ross's horses, Dandy One, a last-start Caloundra winner, who will contest the Coke Zero Plate (1350m).

"Dandy One has always shown potential and he was an easy winner last Sunday so he can back up here," Ross sad.

Ross has 16 horses in work which he says is manageable.

"But I have 20 boxes so there is always room for another good one," Ross said.

Mark Oberhardt - AAP

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