Garry Frazer took a sick Spright back home to Hawkesbury and it proved a winning tonic as she closed the Brisbane winter carnival with a win in the Healy Stakes at Doomben yesterday.
After a couple of sixths in the Glenlogan Park Stakes and Dane Ripper Stakes against the mares, Spright was showing signs she didn’t like the life up north.
Northern exposure: Spright wins the last in Doomben after a quick trip home to Hawkesbury.
‘‘We took her home and she was back in her routine there and it made the difference’’ Frazer said.
‘‘She was back to her old self, and I actually thought of running her in the Tiara, bit she is very good at 1200m.’’Spright ($9) beat Tumbler ($1.75 fav) and Havasay ($4.80), and Michael Cahill admitted that he was confident in the run.
‘‘I was going to come through them but the way the race worked out I went to the outside and she just did the rest,’’ Cahill said.
QUIRKY THOUGHT PROCESS
The real I Thought So stood up and spoiled the Jungle Edge party at Randwick, taking out the open sprint yesterday.
With heavy conditions to suit, Jungle Edge was the $3.90 favourite but even with Georgina Cartwright’s three kilogram claim he had to give IThought So 6.5kg. Jungle Edge led as expected but in the final 200m the weight difference told and Glyn Schofield steered I Thought So to a 1-1/2 length win with Faraway Town another neck third. I Thought So has developed a reputation as a non-winner. Yesterday’s victory was his third from 17 starts, which include eight minor placings.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said IThought So had his quirks but also an abundance of talent.
‘‘He is the sort of horse you have to take as you find him,’’ he said.
‘‘He can get a bit bubbly on race day, but in the stable butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.’’
WIN ON THE WIDE SIDE
Dio D’Oro claimed his second wet-track win at Randwick but his jockey Rachel King scouted a little wider than she planned. The Gary Portelli-trained youngster was sent out the $3.90 favourite in yesterday’s Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200m) after his win in similar heavy conditions two weeks ago. The field ended up splitting into two divisions, with Dio D’Oro being taken out by the leader and eventual third-placed Silent Explorer ($6.50).
‘‘I think the middle of the track is probably the best going but Josh [Parr] was having trouble and I ended up a lot wider than I wanted to be,’’ King said.
‘‘It certainly wasn’t intentional.’’
WEIR’S NATURAL APPROACH
Untapped sprinter Nature Strip toyed with his rivals at his first start for Darren Weir, giving the Flemington 1100m record a shake yesterday.
Despite a 60.5kg impost, Nature Strip surged clear over the final 200m to win by 4-1/2-lengths, only 0.11 seconds outside the course record in 2013.
‘‘I just wanted to see him do it because there’s such a hype on him,’’ Weir said. ‘‘He’s been galloping like a good horse at home but we’ve never let him off the bridle. To me he looked to really enjoy it today.’’
COSTA’S DOUBLE DELIGHT
Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa is planning for next season after his first Saturday double with Malahide and Manaya at Doomben yesterday.
“It is probably our biggest day, being a group 1 day and having a double,” said Costa, who moved north from Sydney 2-1/2 years ago.
He has a handy two-year-old on his hands in Maladine, which is unbeaten in two starts after coming from last to win.
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