Gold Coast colt earns Pat O’Shea Plate start

Syn City (inside) defeats Bam’s Princess in last year's Clifford Park Hopeful Plate.
Syn City (inside) defeats Bam’s Princess in last year’s Clifford Park Hopeful Plate. Kevin Farmer 


The race which traditionally opens the Australasian two-year-old racing season at Clifford Park each year will be run on Saturday week.

Red Wayne earned a ballot-free entry into the Plate with his nose win in today’s 850-metre trial for jockey Jackson Morris and trainer Stephen Jones.

Morris said the brother of Toowoomba filly Sarisara was on track for the Plate.

“He’ll definitely be coming up provided he pulls up okay,” Morris said.

“He did everything wrong today and still won. He’s only had one jump-out prior to today and this is his first time around a corner.

“He’ll have the blinkers on next time and I think you’ll see a different horse.”

Today’s second trial winner Hannah Banana will bypass the Plate as she chases an Inglis Classic start in Sydney during December.

“I’d dearly love to win the Plate again and we’re aiming that way with Greyt Start,” trainer Michael Nolan said.

“But this filly will follow another path in Brisbane the following week.”


Story courtesy Glen McCullough ‘The Chronicle’ Toowoomba


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