Sunshine Coast: The late mail on the big Guineas meeting at Caloundra   Leave a comment

Sunshine Coast: The late mail on the big Guineas meeting at Caloundra

Glen Colless wins on Black Jet at Doomben. Picture: Annette Dew

Glen Colless wins on Black Jet at Doomben. Picture: Annette Dew Source: News Limited

THE Winter Carnival spotlight centres on the Sunshine Coast Guineas meeting tomorrow. Here are some final thoughts from key figures.

Liam Birchley

Black Jet, Race 7

“You only have to look at his first up run last preparation where he ran a great race over 1200m,” Birchley said.

“That was at Doomben, so even though this is a tougher race, he’s going to be better suited at 1300m on the big track.”

Damian Browne

Damian Browne Source: News Corp Australia

Damian Browne

Huka Eagle (Race 3), Merion (Race 5), Index Linked (Race 6), Dances On Stars (Race 7), Diamond Oasis (Race 8).

Browne has not ridden any of his rides in a race yet.

“I am pleased to have picked up the ride on each of them. They all look very well placed and hopefully I can continue with the good luck I’ve had at this meeting in recent years.”

Chris Munce

Perplexity, Race 6

“This race has been in our mind all along so he has had a good build-up to the 2400m. He has had four runs at the 2200m in the lead-up and gone well each time.

“I wouldn’t say he is getting better but he is getting more confident. And don’t forget he has won up to 2500m at Randwick.

“The way the race was run (last start) didn’t suit him and he got caught deep.”

Rob Heathcote

Volkhere (Race 6)

“He loves a fight. He will always fight to get past the horse in front of him, but if there’s two more ahead of that one, he will let them go.

“I think 2400m will suit him. He was strong on the line at Toowoomba. He was coming back at Pornichet on the line. Now it may well be right that Pornichet was kidding with them, but the form looks all right now doesn’t it.

“Tegan rode him on Tuesday and said he felt so strong.”

Worthy Cause wins at the Gold Coast. Pictures: Grant Peters/Trackside Photography

Worthy Cause wins at the Gold Coast. Pictures: Grant Peters/Trackside Photography Source: Supplied

John Zielke

Worthy Cause (Race 5)

“We gave him a few days off after he won at the Gold Coast and he started to get too fresh on us,” Zielke said.

“He just recovered from that run too well and I feared he needed another run before the Grand Prix.

“We know he backs up well, so we will run on Saturday and then back up into the Grand Prix, which will leave him another two weeks to the Derby.

“That said, I’m sure he still has enough speed to give this race a shake.”

Les Ross

Frequendly (Race 4)

“She’s gone well in a couple of jump-outs and worked well, (but) the 1200 metres is a real worry. It is hard to get a line on how she will go at the distance.

“It is an ask for a filly like her to tackle 1200 first-up but we had no choice with the races available.

“If she can’t run a strong 1200m we will have to look at the set-weight QTIS races. It wouldn’t be much use looking at races like the BRC Sires’ over 1350 (metres).”

Tom Bourke

Rocky King (Race 8)

“He was knocked about a bit in a trip to Melbourne where nothing went right.

“He came back to the Sunshine Coast and won well but his next two starts he was a bit flat so we spelled him. I get the feeling he is back near his best for Saturday and drawing the rails is a big plus.”

Allez Eagle during trackwork at Doomben. Picture: Darren England

Allez Eagle during trackwork at Doomben. Picture: Darren England Source: News Corp Australia

Tony Pike

Allez Eagle (Race 7), Huka Eagle (Race 3)

“(G1 winning stablemate) Sacred Star is a bit more brilliant than Allez Eagle but this horse has a lovely big action and over time he is going to win a nice race somewhere.

“He is a very good horse and it was just the heavy track and the step up to the mile that combined to get him beaten in the Group 1 here and he tried to lead them up and just knocked up the last furlong.

“If he was really impressive on Saturday then we might try sneak him into the Stradbroke.

“(Huka Eagle) just raced far too fresh in the Gold Coast Guineas and he pulled himself into the ground.

“He will improve a lot off that run and it’s a drop back in class on Saturday so he should prove hard to beat.”

Originally published as From the Horse’s Mouth

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Posted May 16, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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