Trackwork Confidential: Brisbane
THE Gold Coast Bulletin’s Brad Davidson pinpoints the things you need to know from around the tracks.
1. POPULAR Queensland jockey Damian Browne could return to the races as soon as this Saturday. According to reports, Browne, arguably Queensland’s best jockey, still needs to get a clearance from his doctor on Wednesday but is confident he will be able to take rides at Saturday’s provincial meeting on the Sunshine Coast. The 42-year-old, who has been suffering a knee injury, hasn’t ridden in a race since June 21.
2. QUEENSLAND star Buffering and stablemate Hopfgarten will have a jumpout in Brisbane next Tuesday after they stepped up their spring preparations with a gallop between races at the Doomben meeting on Saturday.“They both went super,” trainer Robert Heathcote said.
Buffering is likely to run first-up in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October, while Hopfgarten is being set for a first-up tilt at the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 26.
3. FLYING mare Satirical Lass won’t be seen until the latter stages of the spring, according to trainer Tony Gollan.
“She will be back in the stable next Monday and she was just starting to feel the affects of fast times on the firm tracks,” Gollan said. Stablemate Bentles is having a three-week freshen up after suffering an elevated temperature last week, while My Girl Hayley is likely to run at Doomben this weekend after being scratched on Saturday.
4.LESLEY’S Choice is headed to Melbourne for the spring carnival after her photo finish win in the Class 6 Plate (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
“There is a race down there every week for Lesley’s Choice and we want to try and get a bit of black type with her to enhance her pedigree,” trainer Toby Edmonds said. “She is also Magic Millions so she could go to the $1 million sprint in January and I know she only just won (on Saturday) but that was a good field she beat.”
Lesley’s Choice will leave for Melbourne next week, while stablemate Sagaronne will leave for Melbourne Tuesday night. JJ Atkins runner-up Sagaronne finished an eye-catching second in a Gold Coast trial behind Rudy earlier this month and the filly continued her spring preparation with a gallop between races at the Coast on Saturday when she clocked 34.47 seconds, 21.6s and 11s for her last 600m, 400m and 200m respectively.
Sagaronne will kick off her spring campaign in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on September 5, with her main goals being the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10 and the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on November 5.
5. THE QUEENSLAND thoroughbreds awards night is still expected to go ahead and is likely to be held at Doomben racecourse. In a statement on August 4, Racing Queensland confirmed the awards night would go ahead after it was initially postponed. The awards night is set to be delivered in a cost-neutral fashion, according to RQ. No date for the night has been set just yet.
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin