Frequendly gives Queensland trainer Les Ross something to smile about despite short quote

Jockey Brad Stewart guides Frequendly to victory. Picture: Jono Searle.

Jockey Brad Stewart guides Frequendly to victory. Picture: Jono Searle. Source: News Corp Australia


LES Ross vowed not to trial any more of his untried two-year-olds this season after Frequendly lived up to expectations in winning comfortably at the Gold Coast.

Always in the red, Frequendly mustered speed quickly and never gave her backers any cause for concern, clocking a slick 51.43 sec (home in 33.22) for the 900m.

By contrast, Wicked Intent went 52.1 sec (33.71) in winning the colts and geldings division.

All week, Ross had tried to hose down the boom on the daughter of Sequalo, but punters were having none of that and backed her into an odds-on quote after $3.50 had been bet — briefly — in some places earlier in the week.

Frequendly had come under the notice of punters after winning a barrier trial comfortably last month, beating last week’s Toowoomba winner Syn City.

“I’ve got 10 other two-year-olds at home and none of them will be trialling,” Ross said.

“What’s the point? I get up at 2.40am every morning and someone else gets $3.50 and we have to put up with $1.80.”

Trialling unraced two-year-olds is one of the big talking points in Australian racing at the moment.

In Sydney, all horses have to trial, but not so in Victoria or Queensland.

Either way, Ross has a very promising filly to console himself with.

Frequendly, who was passed in at the sales, is being set for the Magic Millions in January, which will determine her autumn path.

“Unfortunately I missed the nomination for the Golden Slipper, so she has to win the Magic Millions to pay for the late entry fee into the Slipper,” Ross said.

“I always knew she was good. We jumped her out one day and she ran similar time to what Buffering did.”

Winning rider Brad Stewart, who also partnered Wicked Intent, said it was almost an armchair ride, but for a scare at the start.

“She jumped a bit awkward and I nearly came out of the saddle,” Stewart said.

Wicked Intent is also on his way to the Magic Millions.

The Barry Mitchell-trained colt had not trialled publicly, but insiders were quick out of the blocks when Sportsbet put up $11 on Thursday.

He justified the early move when getting the better of easing favourite Redsson midway up the straight before going on to win by more than two lengths.

Story courtesy  Nathan Exelby Courier Mail


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