09/30/2001 11:00PM

Attard worries over post, weight


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Nandi Stakes winner Jade Eyed should be favored in Wednesday's $103,900 Victorian Queen Stakes, a six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

Jade Eyed pulled off a 28-1 shocker when she won her debut against $80,000 maidens July 12. She won that six-furlong event by five lengths, running six furlongs in 1:13.20.

Jade Eyed proved that race wasn't a fluke when she tested Ontario-sired opposition in the July 28 Nandi. She led during most of that six-furlong race, and prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths over two of the rivals she will face Wednesday.

Jade Eyed was a disappointing fifth as one of the favorites most recently, on Aug. 25 in the Critical Miss Stakes at Philadelphia Park. Trainer Kevin Attard said she didn't have the smoothest of journeys in that six-furlong race.

"She broke poorly and then rushed into contention and got covered up," Attard recalled. "She had no room, got squeezed back and folded up from there. It wasn't a very good trip, and I don't think she really handled the track."

Attard has some reservations about running Jade Eyed, the

121-pound highweight, on Wednesday.

"She's come up to the race in good shape," said the trainer, "but she's giving weight to the rest of the field, and she drew the one hole, which isn't the most pleasing thing in the world. She's easy to train and does everything right," he added.

Gerry Olguin reacquires the mount after a one-race absence on Jade Eyed, a Stronach Stable


Rounding out the Victorian Queen lineup will be Matter of Law, with Jono Jones aboard; Tower of Honour, Jim McAleney; Friendly Slew, Ray Sabourin; Parisia, Constant Montpellier; My Valley Girl, Steven Bahen; and Galadriel, David Clark.

Matter of Law graduated her first time out against $80,000 opposition for trainer Reade Baker, and was

2 1/2 lengths back in second in the Nandi after a posting a dull effort in the Shady Well Stakes.

Matter of Law was absent for nearly six weeks heading into her most recent start on turf in the one-mile Natalma Stakes, in which she finished up the course after stalking the early pace.

Parisia, who remains a maiden after four starts, was a fading third in the Nandi. She added Lasix for her latest venture in the seven-furlong Muskoka Stakes, in which she broke slowly before closing inside to finish a lapped-on second to Miss Noire. Mike Mattine trains.

Friendly Slew won her lone outing with the aid of a speed bias against $50,000 maidens Aug. 22.