Gold Coast review Saturday 26th July 2014

Track: Good (3) Rail: Out 2m 400m –WP, out 3m remainder Pen: 4.25

Bias/Pattern: Again most winners came from well off the inside section.


Race 1 Schneider Buildings Allstars Class 1 Handicap 1200m

RISA Time 70.16 (First 600 34.69/Last 600 35.47)  Tempo: Very good-

Ex interstate galloper GAME THIEF backed up his good trial run on Tuesday with a last to first victory here. He certainly had DRUM LINE to thank as that galloper sped along out in front setting the race up for something to get home hard & that was GAME THIEF who will now be looking for further. ISLA POPPY was a solid run off a 4 week break whilst STORM FIGHTER should be able to break through in a similar race shortly.

STEWARDS: Jockey J Morris (GAME THIEF) was fined the sum of $100 for using his whip in a forehand manner on more than the permitted number of occasions prior to the 100m.


Race 2 The Schneider Energy Cup 1200m

RISA Time 71.23 (First 600 35.31/Last 600 35.92)  Tempo: Genuine+

Local PERSIST took a long time to wear down FUN here however was able to do so right on the line. The best run in the race may have come from FEDSON who was resuming off some pretty ordinary form, he closed off strongly & if not for Scott Galloway’s saddle shifting over the last 200m arguably would have won the race.

STEWARDS: Approaching the 400m FEDSON (S Galloway) had to be steadied when tightened for room between GOLD SPUR (M Palmer) and SANDON RIVER (P Holmes) which shifted out to improve. Jockey Holmes was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in future.
Jockey S Galloway reported that FEDSON laid in under pressure over the final 200m which resulted in his saddle shifting thereby placing him at a disadvantage in riding FEDSON out over the concluding stages of the event.
When questioned as to the tactics adopted on FUN, App. M McGuren stated that the gelding had failed to finish off the race at its last start when ridden in the lead and as such the jockey on that occasion recommended to connections that they should try and ride the gelding with cover today. App. McGuren added that when trying to obtain cover behind PROSPECTING (C Schmidt), FUN was inclined to over-race and as such he was content to remain outside of PROSPECTING until that runner crossed to the lead leaving the 700m. App. McGuren added that FUN would be better suited without blinkers at its next start. Stewards noted the explanation.           


Race 3 Schneider Electric Benchmark 80 Handicap 1800m

RISA Time 110.78 (First 1200 74.63/Last 600 36.15)             Tempo: Genuine-

At only his 4th run for the Mary-Anne Brosnan stable PERFECT PUNCH was able to land the prize leading all the way just holding off the very consistent ANTON EN AVANT who had to come from last & did a terrific job as always. Hard to give anything else in the race a wrap, they all had their chances & were basically one paced.

STEWARDS: Shortly after the start DUILIO (B El-Issa) shifted out and bumped MIGHTYSUI (J Morris) which in turn bumped ANTON EN AVANT (C Schmidt).
EASY LAGER (J Greacen) over-raced during the middle stages of the event.
When questioned as to the seemingly improved performance of PERFECT PUNCH, Trainer M Brosnan noted that the gelding had not been suited to the shorter distance of 1300m at its last start. Ms Brosnan further noted that two starts ago PERFECT PUNCH had raced in a listed race and as such was dropping in class today. Ms Brosnan added that PERFECT PUNCH had also performed best when placed over distances similar to that of today and as such she had been confident of an improved performance. Stewards noted her explanation.
When questioned as to the tactics adopted on MIGHTYSUI, Trainer T Crane stated that he instructed jockey Morris to obtain a position with cover behind the leaders as he was of the view that there was early speed in today’s race and furthermore, that MIGHTYSUI over-raced in the lead at its last start. Mr Crane added that as a result of the strong tempo in the early stages today MIGHTYSUI was obliged to race further back than anticipated. His explanation was noted.
MIGHTYSUI cast its off hind plate in running.


Race 4 Schneider Buildings QTIS 2yo Maiden Plate 1400m

RISA Time 84.79 (First 800 48.34/Last 600 36.45)  Tempo: Genuine

ASTHECOURTCOMMANDS put the writing on the wall last time out at the Sunshine Coast when narrowly beaten off a 3 week gap between runs. He ran away from his rivals here & was quite soft over the concluding stages. LOST THIEF stuck to his task whilst TORPEDO ran a better race & is an improving type having had only the two starts to date.

STEWARDS: The start was delayed when GRAPPA BRANDY (M Hellyer) underwent a veterinary examination behind the barriers after making contact with the running rail during the preliminary. GRAPPA BRANDY was subsequently cleared to start.
The start was further delayed when LIGHT ‘N’ SHADE (S Galloway) had to be re-saddled before being placed in the barriers.
FLINDERS DRAGON (P Holmes) reared as the start was effected and lost considerable ground. Trainer D Bougoure was advised that a warning would be placed on the barrier manners of FLINDERS DRAGON.
IN HER ELEMENT (B El-Issa) and TALE BLAZER (G Cooksley) were slow to begin.
FREDRIKSEN (C Small), TALE BLAZER and MISS BELLA ROSA (T Treichel) raced wide throughout the event.
Passing the 700m LOST THIEF (M Vance) had to be eased when placed in restricted room between ASTHECOURTCOMMANDS (C Schmidt) and FREDRIKSEN.
Jockey M Hellyer reported that GRAPPA BRANDY was inclined to race greenly and was placed in restricted room during the middle stages of the event. As a result GRAPPA BRANDY lost ground passing the 500m.
Jockey V Colgan reported that it was not his intention to lead on LAREBIL today however, the gelding raced strongly during the early stages of the event and as such he allowed LAREBIL to stride forward to obtain the lead.


Race 5 The Bluestar Cup Ratings Band 0-62 Handicap 1800m

RISA Time 113.23 (First 1200 77.26/Last 600 35.97)             Tempo: Leisurely

Backmarkers were no hope here the way this race played out with the on pacers advantaged heavily. GOOMAH GIRL was able to run down LIFE PATROL right on the line however I doubt either will reach any great heights. HAKAKUNA didn’t had to alter course late in the straight & should have finished closer whilst LEPRECHAUN LAD whilst disappointing on face value was never a chance racing back in the field, happy to give him another chance.

STEWARDS: LEPRECHAUN LAD (M Hellyer) over-raced in the early and middle stages of the event.
PEPSTEP (V Colgan) raced wide throughout the event.
LEPRECHAUN LAD was held up rounding the home turn and upon straightening had to be steadied when tightened for room between HABSBURG (G Cooksley) and HAKAKUNA (S Fawke) which shifted out. App. Fawke was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances in future.
Approaching the 100m HAKAKUNA had to be steadied when tightened for room between LUCK AND FAME (B El-Issa) and ALL IN TIME (P Holmes) both of which shifted ground when under pressure.
When questioned as to the disappointing performance of ANONYMISS KITTY, App. C Schmidt stated that from the wide barrier today, she was obliged to take up a position at the rear of the field. Nonetheless, she expressed her disappointment in the filly’s performance. Trainer K Schweida will be interviewed at a later date.
Jockey P Holmes (ALL IN TIME) was fined the sum of $300 for weighing back in, in excess of the permitted ½ kg.
Jockey J Morris (MAXIMUM CASH) was fined the sum of $100 for using his whip in a forehand manner on more than the number of permitted number of occasions prior to the 100m.


Race 6 The Industry Class 2 Handicap 2200m

RISA Time 140.32 (First 1600 104.18/Last 600 36.14)           Tempo: Genuine-

Winner BILLABONG BIRD was always travelling n the run & looked to be bolting on the home turn before unleashing in the straight, didn’t beat a lot however did so in good style. INIQUITY whilst no match for the winner took care of the rest quite easily & continues to race consistently. Hard to wrap anything else.

STEWARDS: KEY LODGE (J Morris) and KAZAN (M Hellyer) were slow to begin.
ROYAL LAKE (B El-Issa) raced wide during the early stages of the event.
KEY LODGE which over-raced during the early and middle stages of the event improved onto the heels of ELEGANTLY (V Colgan) approaching the 1200m, shifted out and inconvenienced KAZAN.
When questioned regarding the tactics adopted on LUCKY DAY KID which settled towards the rear of the field today in contrast to its recent starts, App. C Schmidt stated that after beginning only fairly from the wide barrier she was concerned that she was going to be caught 3 wide so she elected to restrain LUCKY DAY KID to obtain cover. As a consequence LUCKY DAY KID was forced to race further back in the field than originally anticipated. Her explanation was noted.


Race 7 The Logan City Electrical Class 3 Handicap 1300m

RISA Time 78.11 (First 700 43.15/Last 600 34.96)  Tempo: Leisurely

Leader FOXBAT certainly didn’t set any records out front here in a race run to suit the on pacers which was exactly how things panned out with the first three in the run supplying the placings. RAINBOW MAGIC never looked like reaching the leaders until right near the line & made it two straight wins. TURIFF & DOLPHUS made ground from the back which was no easy task whilst NEPTUNE PALACE just couldn’t get on the track at any stage, well worth forgiving.

STEWARDS: Trainer T Edmonds advised that his instructions would be for DOLPHUS (J Morris) not to lead today as it had at its last start and instead would instruct the rider to obtain cover should circumstances permit. When attempting to obtain cover DOLPHUS was caught wide in the early stages when over-racing and as a result Jockey Morris was obliged to further restrain DOLPHUS near the 800m to obtain cover behind ROMAN WATERS (B Powell).
RAINBOW MAGIC (J Kokotajlo) and NEPTUNE PALACE (C Schmidt) were slow to begin.
I AM BUT A FOOL (M Hellyer) and NEPTUNE PALACE raced wide throughout the event.
When questioned as to the tactics adopted on CASH IN, Jockey V Colgan stated that he rode the gelding in a similar position outside the leader at its last start. Jockey Colgan added that despite the slow tempo in the early stages he was content to sit off FOXBAT (B El-Issa) instead of allowing CASH IN to stride forward to the lead. His explanation was noted.
I AM BUT A FOOL (M Hellyer) lost both hind plates in running.


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