Trackwork Confidential: 6 things you need to know from around the tracks in Brisbane
THE Gold Coast Bulletin’s Brad Davidson pinpoints the things you need to know from around the tracks in Queensland.
1. THREE of Queensland’s most promising horses tuned up for their spring assignments in heat one at the Gold Coast trials on Tuesday morning.
Epsom contender Rudy won the trial by two lengths but VRC Oaks hopeful Sagaronne came from last to grab second in the 1000m heat, which was run in 59.36 seconds.
Comeback galloper Teronado rounded out the top three in heat one and all three horses trialled well enough to suggest they will be competitive in Sydney and Melbourne this spring.
2. STEER clear of horses first-up from a spell in Queensland metropolitan races. It might sound a bit broad but punters were given another example of this when Vienna Queen was backed like she was unbeatable but could only manage fifth in a benchmark 75 (1050m) at Doomben on Saturday.
She trialled the house down before Saturday and sure, she was taken on in front but the simple fact is most horses aren’t fit enough to win a city race first-up from a spell.
Yes, there are exceptions to the rule, such as Architect at Doomben on Saturday, but as a rule backing horses to win first-up in metropolitan races is a quick way to the poor house.
A total of 614 horses have tried to win first-up in Brisbane metropolitan races in the past 12 months and only 46 have won. That’s a strike rate of 7.5 per cent.
The winning strike rate of first-up horses at Queensland provincial tracks is a bit higher (9.2 per cent) but you won’t go far wrong if you stick to this rule in city races at least.
3. A FUNDRAISER for Queensland jockey Bobby El-Issa will be held at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on August 24. El-Issa was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia recently and has been having treatment in recent months.
The fundraiser, which starts at 7pm, costs $65 a person and includes a two-course meal, light entertainment, a charity auction and more. You can also make donations. Ring Kerry Hartley on 0402 064 623 or visit the Bobby El-Issa fundraising auction page for more details.
4. A RECENT jumpout victory at Toowoomba has trainer Steve Tregea confident Love Rocks will be a sharp improver at Doomben this Saturday.
“He won the jump out by about one length and there were a few handy horses in there and the guy who clocked the jump out said he ran very slick time,” Tregea said.
Love Rocks finished a distant eighth first-up in a city race at the Sunshine Coast back on July 25 but didn’t have any jump outs or trials in the lead up to his first race in eight months.
5.VELROSSO and Didntcostalot are the latest horses to be transferred to trainers up north.
The former Chris Waller-trained Velrosso is now with Matt Dunn at Murwillumbah, while the former Marc Conners-prepared Didntcostalot is now with the Tony Gollan stable.
Both have been nominated for races at Doomben this Saturday and 2014 Magic Millions Cup winner Velrosso is set to head towards Magic Millions day once again.
Another former Waller-trained galloper, Said Com, is set to make his Rockhampton debut at Rockhampton on Thursday. The seven-year-old, who finished second to Mosheen in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas in 2012, is now prepared by Lyle Rowe.
6. FORMER Queensland Thoroughbred Racing Board chairman Peter Boyce hasn’t been lost to Queensland racing and has been welcomed back onto the Sunshine Coast Turf Club board.
Boyce lost his position as chairman of the QTRB when the board was abolished by the State Government in June along with the rest of the RQ boards at the time.
Meanwhile, Mary Henzell has been appointed as interim chairperson of the SCTC following the resignation of Harry Reed, who is cutting back his workload due to medical reasons.