THE pink and black silks of Heinrich Bloodstock were back to the fore at Doomben yesterday, with True Moonlight showing a clean pair of heels on debut in the 2YO Fillies Plate and setting herself on a Magic Millions path.
True Moonlight trialled on the same day as subsequent Breeders’ Plate winner Shaquero and ran almost identical time to him, so she did arrive with strong credentials and she did everything right to win.
Heinrich will monitor how True Moonlight recovers from this run before deciding how she will progress to January’s Magic Millions.
“I would probably like to give her the two runs IF everything is perfect and then give her a break. Then bring her back and give her one more run going into the Magic Millions,” Gillian Heinrich said.
“It just depends how she pulls up after this.”
Gillian Heinrich. Picture: Grant Peters/Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied
Heinrich’s colours have been synonymous with success over the past two decades in Queensland racing. They aren’t as prominent now as they once were, with the trainer and her husband Hoss selling much of their bloodstock assets while she fought cancer – and beat the disease twice.
Heinrich is now happy training again and would desperately love to get to Magic Millions – a race she won in 2010 – with another couple of chances.
Her stable only narrowly missed pulling off the two-year-old double yesterday, with Prime Asset gunned down in the last 50m of the colts and geldings division by the Brian and Daniel Guy trained Golden Eighty.
“He might have just had to do a little too much work from the barrier. He will improve a lot,” Heinrich said.
Golden Eighty and Prime Asset finished behind Shaquero in their trial, giving the Coast a clean sweep of the juvenile races yesterday.
Daniel Guy said Golden Eighty would now be given his chance to chase Magic Millions success, having been a $100,000 graduate of the January sale.
“He will probably get a fortnight off. We will work that out now,” he said.
“We didn’t really have a plan going forward, it would have been a good break had he got beat, but you’ve got to give them a chance.
“We felt like we had a chance. His last 75m in that trial was really good.
“He’s a nice horse and he was so sensible. Everything went wrong in the enclosure with everything else and he just walked around unbothered by it all.”
Grey Lion saluted in the Queensland Cup. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The 50 Cups of Grey
Grey Lion had run in Melbourne Cups, Geelong Cups, Brisbane Cups, Warrnambool Cups, Ballarat Cups, Pakenham Cups, Cranbourne Cups and Port Adelaide Cups, but finally had his Cup runneth over in yesterday’s re-positioned Queensland Cup.
The grey nine-year-old was asked to carry 59kg, but kept finding under Robbie Fradd to post his eighth win in 45 career starts.
The import has had a few stable changes, but Matt Smith has been able to rejuvenate his career over the past 12 months, where he has been competitive in some nice races in the three eastern states.
The Queensland Cup has been shortened to 2200m this year and Robbie Fradd was able to get just enough out of Grey Lion to deny Desleigh Forster’s Free Fly Too.
He was stabled at Barry Lockwood’s Eagle Farm stable on Friday night, with the trainer noting he went straight to sleep and was still asleep when he arrived on course yesterday.
“He’s a lovely old horse,” he said.
Jadenton salutes for Hatch
Lindsay Hatch had the last laugh again as Jadentom proved her Weetwood success was much more than a home track advantage when she bowled over her rivals at Doomben yesterday.
Jadentom was slugged 3kg for the Weetwood win and met runner-up The Odyssey 4.5kg worse for it and the market shied away from her too, sending her to the post a $9.50 chance.
But it made no difference as Andrew Mallyon again handled her confidently as Jadentom landed her 12th career win.
Trainer Lindsay Hatch. Picture: Kevin FarmerSource:News Regional Media
Hatch said it had always been a matter of getting the mare trouble free, specifically with her feet, so she could showcase her real talent.
“She was always going to do this. It was just a matter of me getting her right,” he said.
“She’s a good mare and it’s been a great ride.”
Hatch said Jadentom did not have a gallop between the Weetwood and yesterday, instead, just trotting, cantering and swimming.
She will now go back on to the water walker and be aimed at another stakes race in late November and then into the summer carnival.
Huxtable keeps kicking goals
David Murphy became the latest trainer to heap praise on apprentice Justin Huxtable in the wake of Genzai The Wolf bursting through the pack to win the Class 3 Plate.
Murphy specifically sought out Huxtable for the ride because he has been impressed how he handles himself on horses back in the field.
He said a lot of jockeys are now riding horses “like motorbikes” because of the amount of racing at Doomben, where it’s an advantage to be on speed, but he’d noted Huxtable was a little different.
“I think he’s a terrific young rider,” Murphy said.
Mark du Plesis and Desleigh Forster.Source:The Courier-Mail
Stretching the Soul
Desleigh Forster thinks Soul Dancer will have no trouble stretching to 2000m after the filly bowled over favourite backers in the opening event yesterday.
The daughter of Sizzling relished the solid tempo and jockey Taylor Marshall tracked the favourite Magic Conqueror ($1.90 for much of the journey.
Forster had been confident of Soul Dancer’s chances stepping up from 1400m, despite going into the race as a maiden.
Shaluna done for speed
Ben Thompson said the well-backed Shaluna was just beaten for speed yesterday, as opposed to her recent trial where she dominated from the front.
Shaluna started the $2.80 favourite and ended up in a reasonable settling position. She made a fleeting challenge soon after turning before finishing fourth.
“There were a few zippier than her early. She will come into her own when she gets to 1200m and 1400m,” Thompson said.
Future bright for Batangas
Batangas Entry may have only won a couple of minor races to date, but trainer Kelly Schweida is steadfast in his belief he is a good horse in the making.
“He’s still six months away. He doesn’t know what he’s doing yet,” Schweida said.
Schweida said he doesn’t normally like to back horses up just 10 days after their first up run, but he was keen to secure some prizemoney with his eye on some of the summer features coming up.
“He will have a week to 10 days off now and come back for some of those better races. I’m sure he will be a miler in time,” he said.
The new mural at Doomben.Source:Supplied
New mural at Doomben
Racegoers were greeted by two huge murals at Doomben yesterday of people and horses synonymous with the track.
They were painted by Brisbane artist James Ellis, who did the two over a period of 12 days. Ellis came in at night and projected images onto the wall before beginning his sketches.
One features the thrilling 2014 Doomben 10,000 finish of Spirit Of Boom beating Temple Of Boom and Buffering.
The other has a huge cast of stars, including Black Caviar, Apache Cat, Might And Power, Falvelon, Chief De Beers, Redzel, Takeover Target, Winx and Bernborough, along with legendary jockeys Mick Dittman and George Moore, as well as revered broadcaster Wayne Wilson.
Tycoon’s massive breeding success
Written Tycoon has come a fair way since he stood one lone season in Queensland earlier in the decade.
Now a resident of Arrowfield in the Hunter Valley as part of a strategic alliance with Victoria’s Woodside Park, Written Tycoon had both Group 1 Guineas winners at Caulfield yesterday in addition to Dirty Work winning the Group 2 Schillaci.
He is standing at a fee of $77,000 this year after standing at just $6600 a decade ago.
He is one of Queensland breeding’s biggest success stories of the moment, being a son of the former Oaklands Stud based Iglesia. He was bred by Jan Clarke’s Daandine Stud, who also bred his Slipper winning son Capitalist.
Originally published asThe Verdict: Heinrich back in the spotlight at Doomben
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