Queensland has a new ‘princess’ of the turf after Isotope stormed to the top of Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas betting after producing an arrogant win in the Listed Mode Plate at Doomben.
The Deep Field filly has given trainer Tony Gollan more than a few sleepless nights with her barrier manners but a barrier blanket, blinkers and a brow band ensured she was on her best behaviour.
She looked the winner a long way out as Ryan Maloney eased her into the clear and she surged to a dominant three-length win to the cheers of those who backed her from $1.80 into $1.55.
Bookies were taken by the imposing manner of her win and shortened her from $8 to $5 favourite for the $2 million Guineas on Magic Millions Day in January, overtaking last year’s 2YO Magic Millions winner Away Game who is now $6.
Trainer Tony Gollan has a very smart filly on his hands.Source:The Courier-Mail
“We had to buy her a nice new dress (the barrier blanket) … she was like a real princess today and she performed accordingly,” Gollan said.
“That was a good bunch of fillies and she really made light work of it.
“The idea was to ride the speed and get her into a comfortable position.
“Ryan Maloney doesn’t make many mistakes, he just puts them where they need to be.
“A long way out she had the race in her keeping.”
Earlier, another Queenslander showcased Magic Millions Guineas credentials when Shooting for Gold scored a narrow victory in the Winning Rupert Plate.
However Steve O’Dea admits the jury is still out over whether his classy three-year-old may be too brilliant to run a strong 1400m.
But he will be given every chance to find out, given there could be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on Magic Millions day in January.
Shooting For Gold ($3 favourite) had his backers hearts in their mouths as he was back third last the fence before apprentice Justin Huxtable found a narrow gap on the inside and the gelding looked to have the race shot to bits.
But he then had to fend off a storming finish from narrow runner-up Safework, the Scott Morrisey-trained son of Spirit Of Boom who was a flashing lights run and firmed from $101 to $26 for the Guineas.
Shooting For Gold firmed from $26 to $15 in Guineas betting although O’Dea, who co-trains with Matt Hoysted, concedes there remain some doubts about his ability to shine over 1400m.
“There is a little bit of a query, his Mum (Amber’s Crown) was a 1000m horse and it is possible he could be too brilliant and he is that 1000-1200m horse,” O’Dea said.
“But he is by a Caulfield Guineas winner (Shooting To Win) so there is a bit of stamina there.
“You only get one crack at a three-year-old Guineas so he will go that way for sure.
“The more racing that he gets, the better he is going to get.
“He will switch off in the run, the good thing is he doesn’t want to get too aggressive in the run.”
The O’Dea-Hoysted trained filly Gotta Kiss is also on target for the Guineas after finishing strongly for second to Isotope in the Mode.
HARD STRIDE DOES IT EASY
Hard Stride probably wasn’t pegged for the Queensland bush circuit when he was winning stakes races in Melbourne six years ago, but he’s proven a little gem for Toowoomba trainer Jason Judge.
Hard Stride had his biggest payday for Judge when he crossed from an outside gate for jockey Paul Hamblin (pictured) to lead throughout in yesterday’s $50,000 Country Stampede (1110m).
The Contract Racing-bred gelding started with the Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable at Flemington, where his wins included the 2014 Listed Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield, before shifting to Tony Sears in 2016.
picked him up from Sears two years ago and yesterday’s Doomben win was the 10-year-old’s seventh for the new stable, having won at Roma, Caloundra, Calliope, Chinchilla, Moree and Gympie.
“Tony told me I would win some races with him and he and the whole family have taken a keen interest in him the whole way through,” Judge said.
Originally published asRacing’s new princess making waves en route to Coast
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