Frequendly makes lie of recent loss when romping home with Magic Millions Plate
LES Ross may have been the Cunnamulla Fella last night but he was dreaming of the Gold Coast as Frequendly made a lie of her recent defeat when romping home with the Magic Millions Plate at Toowoomba.
The prophecy made by Ross on the Gold Coast last Saturday after Mishani Honcho had defeated hotpot Wicked Intent that he had “a better one at home” rang true when Frequendly strolled away from some handy rivals to pocket the $54,500 first prizemoney with ridiculous ease.
Ross watched the race 620km away in Cunnamulla, having locked himself into the 50th birthday party for his sister Caroline and brother-in-law Robert six months ago.
“I’m half dirty. You wouldn’t believe you’d have a date clash like that but I’m just so happy to see her bounce back,” Ross said.
Frequendly, who is now a $7 Magic Millions chance with TattsBet, had been the benchmark two-year-old in Queensland until Pepperano — among the vanquished last night — lowered her colours at Doomben in November.
The run was panels below the Sequalo filly’s previous two runs, which included a nine lengths Doomben win and first up Gold Coast success, where she clocked clearly superior time to Wicked Intent on the same day.
“I walked away shattered the day she got beaten,” Ross admitted. “I couldn’t put my finger on it, but maybe it just comes down to the fact she had 10 days in the paddock and just wasn’t fit enough.
“I didn’t think she could win (last night). I was hoping she would run in the first four and then improve out of sight for the Millions.
“She has to run an extra 150m next Saturday and that’s the obvious question. But I don’t see why she won’t handle it and if she can draw an alley, there’s not a two-year-old in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne I’d rather have. She’s a little bomb.”
In a role reversal, Pepperano started the short-priced favourite last night, but her supporters were never comfortable, with Damian Browne urging the filly along from the outset before running fourth.