Trackwork Confidential: 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.
1. YOU couldn’t wipe the smile off Gold Coast trainer Gillian Heinrich’s face when she returned to trackwork on Tuesday after getting the all clear in her battle with bowel cancer on Monday.
Heinrich returned to trackwork for the first time since she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in early March. The 57-year-old was swamped by well-wishers at the track on Tuesday morning and will ease back into training in the coming weeks after getting the all clear.
2.BUFFERING and Hopfgarten won jumpouts in Brisbane on Tuesday but trainer Robert Heathcote concedes star sprinter Buffering is “behind where I wanted him”.
Buffering was tested significantly by Tony Gollan’s talented filly Secret Saga in the 800m jumpout but still held on to score.
Heathcote will lift the intensity of Buffering’s work in the coming weeks and may trial him again in two weeks before a likely first-up tilt at the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on October 2.
Hopfgarten is more forward than Buffering, winning his 1000m jumpout by three lengths.
Heathcote is planning a first-up assault with Hopfgarten on the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 26.
3. THE proposal to extend the Queensland winter carnival from nine to 12 weeks is a silly one.
While there were still some teething problems this year with race programming, the carnival benefited from being shortened significantly to nine weeks.
Going back to the old approach will only set racing in Queensland back further. Finally we had a rejuvenated carnival and now it looks like it is going to be “too long” once again.
4. ANOTHER promising Queensland horse has been sold but not to Hong Kong this time.
The Ben Currie-trained Point, a winner of two from three starts and a promising stayer in the making, was sold for a six-figure sum to high-profile Perth owner Bob Peters, who also owns two-time Group 1 winner Delicacy among several other nice horses.
The result was a good one for Victory Thoroughbreds, who purchased the former Lloyd Williams-owned galloper for $32,000 at the Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale in Melbourne earlier this year.
5. FORMER Hong Kong galloper Charlie Cat turned heads with an impressive three-length trial win at the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning.
The five-year-old won three-straight races under former Gold Coast trainer Les Kelly mid-last year, including a Saturday city race over Architect, before being sold to John Moore in Hong Kong.
He didn’t settle into Hong Kong life though and is now being trained by Bryan Guy on the Gold Coast. Charlie Cat was slow to begin in the trial and rounded the field three deep to go to the front early in the trial before kicking clear under a nice hold in the straight.
6.TERONADO has improved significantly since his first-up seventh over 1200m last month but trainer Bruce Hill is worried 1350m might still be too short for him when he lines up at Doomben this Saturday.
7. GOLDEN Slipper winner Vancouver has drifted in betting for Saturday week’s Golden Rose after his average trial in Sydney on Tuesday. Vancouver had the blinkers on and was slapped with the whip when running third in a 1030m open trial at Rosehill.
Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin