Gillian Heinrich and Ben Rodgers secure trifecta on the Gold Coast
Heinrich and training partner Ben Rodgers had the trifecta of Roses of Joy, Sugar Ray Red and Moonlight Rain in the Colin Biggers & Paisley Maiden Plate (1200m). Picture credit: Jessica Hawkins, Trackside Photography.
PROMINENT Gold Coast trainer Gillian Heinrich already has a wall full of pictures of her achievements at home and she knows exactly where the next one will sit.
Heinrich and training partner Ben Rodgers celebrated one of their biggest achievements since joining forces on Saturday when all three of their runners came through for the trifecta in the Colin Biggers & Paisley Maiden Plate (1200m).
Jockey Nathan Thomas won on race favourite Roses of Joy while stablemates Sugar Ray Red and Moonlight Rain came second and third respectively.
Heinrich said the photo showing a line of pink and black silks would sit proudly alongside her $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) win with Magic Rose and her five winners at Ipswich.
“We have picked a good spot,” Heinrich said.
“It’s a good photo to have because it’s hard to train a trifecta. It’s nice to see all the black and pink colours in a line.
“You can train winners but it’s a bit different when you train five on the day or get one, two and three in same race. It’s a different feeling.”
The trifecta came just a day after they got the quinella in the Oddi’s Angels Maiden Handicap (1200m) at Ipswich with winner Arrogant Boy and runner-up The Exhibitionist.
Heinrich said she expected Roses of Joy and Sugar Ray Red to race well but was pleasantly surprised by Moonlight Rain’s run.
“We really thought the filly that won would have won and really thought the second horse was a chance but the third horse is a little bit of a mystery so it was really good to see him hit the line and run really well,” Heinrich said.
Heinrich said Roses of Joy, purchased at last year’s 2YO Magic Millions sale along with Sugar Ray Red, wouldn’t be rushed back to metropolitan racing where she finished sixth at Eagle Farm at the start of November.
“She is a three-year-old and won an open maiden which is quite a big feat so we will probably try and go to a Class 1 and see where we sit,” Heinrich said.
“If she can win her next start then we will move along. I do like to take them through their classes and take them slow so that they don’t bite off more than they can chew.”
Story courtesy Tom Boswell Gold Coast Bulletin