Hot pots fail to deliver as gluey track sticks punters
PUNTERS were left skinned when hot pots Teronado and Pinch River performed below expectations in consecutive races at Doomben on Saturday.
Teronado had been well supported leading up to the meeting, but was friendless on Saturday and eased from $2.20 to $3.50 on track and was displaced by Lauterbrunnen as favourite.
Neither made any impression, as My Quilter ($16-$13) controlled the race from the front and landed a few nice bets in the process.
Jockey Jim Byrne had a similar story for connections of Pinch River after the $1.55 favourite laboured into third behind evergreen Steel Zip.
“He never travelled at any stage,” Byrne said. “It’s disappointing, because I know how good this horse is.
“He tried to surge, but he was just floundering.”
Chief steward Allan Reardon pointed out Pinch River had performed well on similar ground, but suggested the “gluey” type conditions on Saturday didn’t suit some.
It mattered little to Pat Duff, who was happy to send his warrior Steel Zip into battle under 60kg against Sunday’s opposition.
“I had a close look at the field and felt it didn’t look much stronger than a good Class 6 and he has been going so well for Jeff (Lloyd), so I didn’t see any need to change the jockey,” Duff said.
Lloyd was thrilled to win for the third time on Steel Zip in his past four starts. “The weight wasn’t worrying him and I was pretty confident halfway up the straight he was going to win,” Lloyd said.
Damian Browne ensured punters went home on a winning note and challenged Brad Stewart for ride of the day after extricating the heavily backed Forgotten Years from a potentially tricky position on the turn.
Trainer Andrew Williamson claimed he “was never worried” despite the traffic jam ahead.
“He (Browne) just doesn’t make mistakes and keeps them so well balanced,” Williamson said.
Browne tipped more wins ahead for Forgotten Years.
“That’s the first time I’ve ridden him and he took me by surprise at how quickly he picked them up,” he said.
ROBBIE Fradd has ridden champions in many different parts of the globe, so it’s worth noting when he gets excited about a young horse the way he praised Too Good To Refuse.
Fradd looked in a spot of bother coming to the turn on the $1.30 favourite but had the confidence to ease around the trio that headed him and let the son of Rothesay’s turn of foot put the race to bed.
The overall time was never going to be fast like he clocked last time, but the final 600m sectional of 33.92sec underlined the merit of the performance, especially under the burden of 59kg.
“The good thing about this horse is that he’s only going to get better,” Fradd said. “His work on Tuesday was amazing and he has this great turn of foot. This win really impressed me.”
Too Good To Refuse is now destined to be thrown into the deep end in next month’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney.
“It was just a matter of getting clear. Robbie was kidding to him late,” trainer Desleigh Forster said.
“As long as he pulls up good, we will assess him and then the plan is to go to Sydney.
“The only thing is the three weeks between runs.”
The win captured the attention of bookmakers, with Sportsbet slashing Too Good To Refuse’s Spring Champion odds from $26 to $9.
Forster has a wealth of three-year-old talent at her disposal and will run impressive Beaudesert winner I’m Belucci over the Doomben mile in a fortnight.
Fradd on Saturday rated Too Good To Refuse the most exciting horse he has ridden since basing himself in Australia, before putting a proviso on the statement.
“I’m Belucci could be better. I think this horse has the better turn of foot, which suits around Doomben, but when I’m Belucci gets on to a bigger track, he’s going to be a very good horse.”
I’m Belucci is also nominated for feature races south of the border, but Forster will monitor how he performs next time out before making any decisions.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Sunday Mail