Golden Falls future in serious doubt
THE future of talented Brisbane mare Golden Falls is up in the air as the extent of her injury suffered at Doomben on Saturday is yet to be determined.
“The oncourse vet feels she may have cracked her pelvis … but we can’t x-ray that area without placing her on the floor and that is too dangerous,” trainer Kelly Schweida said.
“After 10 days you can get the test where they put dye in the horse and that shows up everything.
“She was pretty comfortable (yesterday) but she was 11/10 lame on Saturday and I just hope she can race again.
“It could even be a ligament ripped somewhere up high.”
THE new Racing Queensland board won’t be in place until 2016.
The recruitment process for the seven-person board isn’t at the pointy end just yet and time has run out for the board to be in place by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, Racing Queensland’s tracking to sustainability plan could be revealed as soon as later this week.
Finally, the State Government started advertising for a chief executive for the proposed Queensland Racing Integrity Commission late last week.
AUSTRALIA’S best-known bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse is set to field at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Magic Millions day in January.
Waterhouse’s bid to field at the meeting was approved by the Gold Coast Turf Club late last week.
THE Last Kiss was impressive at Doomben on Saturday but I want to see her again before we label her a real Magic Millions 2YO Classic contender.
Yes, she was slightly slow to begin and struck trouble in the middle stages but the overall time was six lengths slower than the other 1110m race on the same day and the strength of opposition she beat was questionable.
Heart Skipt A Beat was beaten on debut in a 900m Gold Coast maiden and sat four-wide without cover on Saturday and finished just 2 ¼ lengths behind The Last Kiss. Mishani Silva, second on debut at Rockhampton, was slow out by two lengths and was only beaten 2.6 lengths behind The Last Kiss as well. The Last Kiss is a $13 Magic Millions 2YO Classic chance with Sportsbet.
TERONADO is off to the paddock and will now target the Queensland winter carnival after he was found to have some fluid around his hock at trackwork last week.
PROMISING three-year-old Tarzan is also off for a spell. He will require a throat operation which could explain his plain fifth as favourite in a race at Doomben on November 7.
RIVER Lad, the 2014 Stradbroke winner, is now in the care of Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.
River Lad has been back in work three weeks and there are no set plans for him at this stage.
TALENTED apprentice Sairyn Fawke rode a winner with his first ride back at Gatton on Saturday.
Fawke, who suffered a fractured skull, bleed on the brain and a host of other injuries courtesy of a fall in the Rockhampton Cup in June, saluted aboard Chipewyan in race two.
LIAM Birchley is likely to look for a Class 6 Handicap in Brisbane next for enigmatic sprinter Gun Case after his comfortable first-up win at Kilcoy last Thursday.
WELL done to Gold Coast trainer Ben Hull for claiming his first city winner with the aptly-named Red Letter Day at Doomben on Saturday.
Kelly and Gary Doughty also deserve praise for their victory with Little Brown Horse in the Listed Tattersall’s Arcade Classic. The Doughtys don’t have huge numbers in work but they are never out of the winner’s circle long.
LET’S hope Magic Millions, Racing Queensland and the Gold Coast Turf Club get together to celebrate the presence of Buffering on the Coast in January.
The QTIS Open race on Magic Millions day could well be Buffering’s last run in Queensland and surely there should be some promo to honour our champ.
WHEN you’re hot, you’re hot.
Charcuterie’s win at the Sunshine Coast yesterday gave Kelso Wood his 17th winner from his past 50 runners. Gold Coast trainer Mel Eggleston is also in terrific form with 12 winners coming from his past 39 runners.
ROBERT Heathcote lost his best two-year-old filly, My Lucky Diamond to a snakebite yesterday.
“She showed a lot of promise and she ran second in a jump out behind Criquette,” Heathcote said.
“We will miss her.”
Column courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin