Eagle Farm Double

Jul 30, 2014

While we may have had to wait until the final two races of the day, it was well worth the wait as we ended the day with a race double, and in fact the quinella in one of those races.

The seventh race, the Hamilton Hotel Plate over 1200m saw our mares Quick Witted (Rock Of Gibraltar) and Gundy Gal (Aussie Rules) go head to head.

With the Miss J Edmonds, P O'Shea, Ms T A O'Shea, Mrs S Dobie, S I Hargreaves, Ms D J Rochfort, C M Casey & A K Warren-owned Quick Witted starting the race favourite due to her recent barrier trial performance and her very good first-up form, it was in fact our other mare that came out on top, at the very exciting odds of almost 201/1.

Quick Witted settled closer in the run, but she could not hold off the finishing burst of the P W Lewis, G W Jacques, J D Handley, R B McCrory & N H Stedman-owned Gundy Gal, who was also racing first up, pictured below.

Carrying 59kg and ridden by Chris Munce, it was a great effort by the grey mare who has not won since November, but took her record to four wins and three placed efforts from 16 starts to date.

We all hate to run second, but in this case, the result was a little easier to take when we also ran first!

The next race of the day, the Food/Wine Raceday 30th August Class Three over 1200m saw the Segenhoe Stud and Gerry Harvey raced More Than Ready colt Our Boy Nicholas start first up for the stable.

Having finished second in his only barrier trial for the stable since transferring from a Sydney stable, the well-bred rising-four-year-old settled at the tail of the field, but came home at a strong rate to take the race by a half-length margin for leading jockey Jim Byrne, pictured below.

A very talented colt, who is only lightly raced with two wins and a third from six starts, we are excited about his prospects moving forward, especially when you note in his race record that at his first ever career start he finished third to Eurozone,  with that colt going on to be one of the best of his age group before retiring to stud for this coming season.