On Saturday $51 outsider Beethog caused a stir when she claimed a shock victory in the $125,000 Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m).
Trained by Les Kelly, the lightly raced local filly showed her love for the Gold Coast track and her ability to step up to Group level as she went strongly to the line to deny Temple Of Boom ($5) by a long neck in the final few strides, with Fifteen Carat ($21) just a half-head back to finish a gallant third after coming from a wide barrier.
It was dead heat for fourth as Phelan Ready ($12) and the $4 favourite, the Chris Waller-trained Stryker crossed the line together ahead of Deer Valley ($5.50).
Despite the fourth place finish, it was an impressive run for last year’s Golden Slipper winner Phelan Ready who had his run hampered by a wide barrier draw.
There were 15 starters in the Guineas after four of the five emergencies didn’t get a start and Latin News and Spot On Target were also scratched.
The Bart Cummings-trained Latin News’s scratching allowed emergency Editave to gain a start, while Spot On Target was a late scratching at the barriers.
Beethog, a three-year-old Shovhog filly, has now won three of her seven career starts, running second in another two, and has secured $114,650 in prizemoney.
It was an all Queensland top three in the Guineas unlike in the other feature race of the day, the $300,000 Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) where Sydney runners Metal Bender, Road To Rock and Gold Water denied the locals.
Hollindale Stakes Day was the sole Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival meeting held at the Gold Coast, with the action now moving up to Doomben and Eagle Farm.
To stay up to date with the latest racing news, previews and results of the carnival visit Races.com.au.
2010 Carlton Mid Gold Coast Guineas Results
|Justin P Stanley||Les Kelly||$51|
TEMPLE OF BOOM
|Michael Cahill||Tony Gollan||$5|
|Brad Pengelly||Howard Wilson||$21|
|Stathi Katsidis||Jason McLachlan||$12|
|Jim Cassidy||Chris Waller||$4F|
|Jim Byrne||Steele Ryan||$5.50|
|Hugh Bowman||Gerald Ryan||$17|
SWISS ROSE (NZ)
|Michael Rodd||Gillian Heinrich||$26|
|Matthew Palmer||Kelly Doughty||$6.50|
SARGE IN CHARGE (NZ)
|Shane Scriven||Liam Birchley||$31|
|Michael Walker||Trevor Whittington||$101|
STREETS AWAY (NZ)
|Peter Robl||Alan Bailey||$26|
|Glen Colless||Liam Birchley||$8|
|Scott Seamer||Brian Gentle||$51|
|Damian Browne||Robert Heathcote||$21|
|SPOT ON TARGET (at Barriers)|