Memorable Day At the Gold Coast
by KEITH MCMAHON – Follow him on Facebook
The saying , ” A Great days racing ” gets thrown around a lot these days and quite frankly in my opinion it’s not used all that accurately.
Boxing day at the Gold Coast turf club was Goldmarket handicap day. One of Queenslands oldest handicaps run over 1300 metres at listed level was backed up by The Vo Rogue and Bruce McLachlan at group 3 level, The Bat out of Hell and The Driefontein for the fillies and mares. With all due respect to the horses who raced on the day, I think it’s fair to say they played second fiddle to legendary Queensland racing and sports broadcaster Alan Thomas calling his last race.
The track was rated a good 3 for the entire program of 9 races and to my eye the track played very well. Winners came from everywhere and quick times were clocked all day.
The weather was hot but sunny and the racing was not restricted to horses purchased at the magic millions sales.
It really was a great days racing.
Race 1 )
The opening race was run over 2200m at benchmark 75 level and was won by the locally trained Mr Lebrock. He had been racing very consistently and seems to appreciate racing on his home track. The 4 year old More than Ready appreciated the early strong tempo set by Kobi Creek. The key to the result for mine was the tempo which was strong. Kobi Creek knocked up and ran last. I thought fourth place getter Lascar did a good job to settle 2nd and finish 4th given the first 3 across the line came from worse then mid field. I think he is the horse to follow out of the race. The other horse worth mentioning is Annaman which after winning by 5 lengths 4 starts ago has been a costly conveyance for punters. The smart punters latched onto him the day he won by 5 purely on the way the track had been playing. It was a leader, on pace bias accompanied by a rail bias that day and he fit the bill. It enhanced his win visually. On Saturday he started $5 after opening $2.80 with corporates on Wednesday afternoon. Those that had not figured out this horse in the previous 2 starts obviously had figured out by now and the drift was telling.
Race 2 )
race 2 was run over 1200 metres at benchmark 75 level. Ex Victorian mare Double Banger won impressively. Trainer Jim Jarvis has this Dubleo mare airborne. She has had 4 starts for him now for a second and 3 wins culminating in this metro meeting win. She went straight to the front , kicked strongly on the corner and then kept going all the way to the line to stop the clock at 1.09.31 and breaking 34 for her final 600. The sectional breakdown illustrates how difficult it was for her opposition to run her down. Running good time and also sprinting home from the top is a recipe for success. It shaped as a cracking betting race. With $6 the field, however 3 of the 4 favorites ran the trifecta and both the place getters will have lost no admires. However I am labelling the winner and the fourth horse Right or Wrong as the two horses to follow out of the race. Right or Wrong settled last and swung for home in the same position before attacking the line when it was all over out wide for fourth. He will appreciate getting out in trip later in the preparation and has enough class to give trainer Lindsay Gough options.
Race 3 )
race 3 was a One metro win and run over 1400m. Again time was ran 1.21.31 and that was set up early by Siegfried who was the class runner and heavily backed commodity. Alongside him was Igneous who had a 5 kilo pull off the favourite. These gallopers did well to finish second and fourth but betting firmer Legendary Luke under the urgings of Jim Byrne came from just behind the speed to land the prize. Siegfried also had to give him 5 kilos and was only narrowly defeated. I think if he had 0.5 kilo less he would have won. He is a handy galloper but may not be the easiest to place in the coming weeks. Well back in the field was an interesting galloper called Napashini. I will be keeping an eye on him in coming weeks. Trainer Stephen Lee brought him to town fresh and he bumped into a heavy track and looked to flounder in the going to my eye. Second up here at the Gold Coast he travelled much better on top of the ground mid field but found traffic problems after straightening up and then raced a bit ungenerously. I am not convinced with him but I could easily find a sneaky spot in a quaddie for him.
Race 4 )
The babies final lead up to the Magic Millions. It was a cracking betting race. And was easily one of the highlights of the card. The winner was just about assured second favouritism for the millions behind Capitalist. The clock was stopped at 1.09.94 which was good but the last 600m was over 36 in 36.01. These figures back up what my eye told me and that was that the Gai Waterhouse trained Slumber party was the run of the race. She was outstanding fresh and one must surely be able to gamble that she will go forward off the run and not backwards. To run along on a solid tempo and keep kicking was tough. I think she is a super bet at $13 each way in the magic millions. She is the clear cut second elect for me and double her price for mine. The race on Saturday was won by smart unbeaten filly Zelady’s night Out. At her first two runs she showed great zip early but could not go with them early here. She showed versatility and is clearly above average. I am concerned that she may not be able to bounce off that run. I am imagining Gollan will keep her pretty fresh. But he is a very good trainer and I am sure he will have a good plan to get her into the magic millions ready to deliver her best.
Race 5 )
Was run over 1800 metres at open level. Class mare Tinto prevailed under the big weight and despite the betting drift. I thought it was an arrogant ride from gun jockey Damien Browne and was probably the difference between winning and losing to the gallant Retune which ran an almighty race at 100-1 and gave backers some very exciting moments. Tinto will go onto the magic Millions cup now over 1800 and be one of the major players. Jumbo prince was heavily backed Friday night and basically halved his price. He raced alongside Tinto but she left him standing at the top of the lane. He finished fourth. Landlocked and Our Boy Nicholas had betting support and finished 5th and 6th. Both of these gallopers are worth following if placed right.
Race 6 )
Bat out of hell 900m jump and run affair. Gojo Mimo made the speed and was left a sitting shot for talented Sydney galloper Diamond oasis. Diamond oasis went for a drift in the betting on Saturday morning but trimmed up late. The run of Felines the Newcastle mare was very good given she went around about 4 and 5 wide the trip. She was set an impossible task by jockey Kerrin McEvoy but in his defence she drew the outside marble and his ask was always going to be a big one. She ran very well and is one to follow.
Race 7 )
was for the fillies and mares at 1200m and Tina Melina was one of the more impressive winners on the day. She broke 1.09 in a quickly run race and showed an impressive turn of foot cutting loose down the centre of the track. The place getters were the two that made the speed. I’m thinking because the time was quick and the first 4 across the line included 2 that got well back and 2 that made the speed that the race will be a good form race. She may be under rated Tina Melina. I think Eloping can improve for the run in the area and Miss Cover girl surely has her hoof on the till. She will certainly appreciate some cut out of the track. One other galloper I want to mention is the last placed Magic I Am. I am not sure how she pulled up but she raced ungenerously the whole way and things did not go her way. It was a total forgive run.
Race 8 )
Was the Vo Rogue for the 3yo’s at group 3 level. Again a quick time was clocked 1.15.38 Egyptian Symbol was the well backed favourite. Madotti was specked late at a price. Shot across the Bow was solid and Privlaka was a touch easy. The Sydney filly Egyptian Symbol had a stranglehold on betting after opening $4 with corporates on Wednesday she was sent out a $3.30 clear cut favourite. Unfortunately she was tardy at the beginning and made her task a lot harder. Jockey Glyn Schofield snuck runs up on the fence though and one felt she was still in with a chance if she could negotiate traffic. Alas shortly after straightening up she got into all sorts of trouble and could only manage third place. She would have lost no admirers and in my humble opinion was a good thing beaten. She will finish top 3 in the 3 yo magic millions and hopefully win it. The winner Madotti gave her followers a good day pay day. She had her hoof on the till and looked to have a lot of boxes ticked on Saturday.. She got the good track she craves, a good gate and gun ride on her home track. Not giving up on Privlaka even though disappointing on face value. He certainly appreciates some sting out and was 3rd up on Saturday after racing 3 deep with no cover second up and running a tremendous race he might of been flat.
Race 9 )
The Goldmarket ended the days racing and Alan Thomas’ race calling career. Great call and a great finish. Bachman put the writing on the wall with a determined win fresh in Sydney with 61 on his back and came here a well backed second favourite. It was understandable given he dropped 7 kilos and had form around this years Stradbroke favourite Najoom before she was sensationally pulled out. Corporates bet $5.50 but he started $4.20 by race time. They ran 0.17 seconds slower then the 3 year olds but sprinted home 0.93 seconds quicker giving the winners effort some real stand up and take notice about it. Saluter looked to have his chance but was in trouble a long way out. He did however show some ticker to battle on into fourth position. 5th place getter Baligari is certainly one to follow out of the race.