Gunsynd Classic transferred to Eagle Farm, Wednesday May 2

The rescheduled Group 3 $125,000 MacArthur Museum Brisbane Gunsynd Classic (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Wednesday has attracted a field of seventeen, almost identical to last Saturday’s race which was programmed on the abandoned Eagle Farm meeting.

Racing Queensland Limited moved quickly to transfer the Gunsynd Classic to Wednesday, May 2 after the Eagle Farm meeting was abandoned after heavy rain on Friday night and Saturday morning.

The Gunsynd Classic is s stepping stone for the three years olds leading up to the major feature races over the Brisbane Winter Carnival including the Group 1 $400,000 Treasury Casino Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 2 and the Group 1 $500,000 Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.

Brisbane’s leading trainer Robert Heathcote is expecting his three year old Trump to be competitive throughout the winter and has elected to start him on Wednesday along with his stable mate Vacallo who is being tested in tougher company after winning his last two starts at the Gold Coast and Doomben.

Heathcote has a big opinion of Trump and even though he didn’t measure up in the Spring in Melbourne with two unplaced runs, he feels that he is a horse on the improve.

The Written Tycoon gelding will be nominated for the Queensland Derby but Heathcote is not confident he will run 2400m and will make a decision later in the Winter if he goes around in the three year old classic.

Trump has come up with barrier seven in the big field and will be ridden by Damian Browne while Vacallo has barrier eleven with Glen Colless on top.

“I took him down for the Norman Robinson last year and he didn’t see out the 2000 metres but he’s more mature now,” he said.

“I thought he was very unlucky behind Morning Captain last run. He copped some interference at the 800 metres which cost him his position right behind Morning Captain.

“He was only beaten a neck and came home very strongly.”

“He’s come back a lot stronger this campaign and his first run back with 59 kilos when he came from last to finish sixth at Eagle Farm last month was very good on a leader-biased track.

“I think you’ll see him run a very strong race over 1600 metres which I think is his best distance.”

The Peter Moody trained Brambles (10) will have Joshua Parr to ride and looks one of the main chances coming off a fourth to Fat Al in the Group 3 $125,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 14.

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2012 Gunsynd Classic Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 22X8828X70 NOISY OCEAN Bryan Guy Larry Cassidy 13 57kg
2 410X231716 OUTBACK GRANDE Michael Nolan Ms Maija Vance (a) 8 57kg
3 3X11377X62 TRUMP Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 7 57kg
4 92210X0810 PEPPERED BLACK Lawrie Mayfield-Smith Jason Taylor 5 57kg
5 3237X30377 DENWOOD Troy Hall Eddie Wilkinson 9 57kg
6 3112X24 BRAMBLES (NZ) Peter G Moody Joshua Parr 10 57kg
7 12525X3933 SLYSERA Ron Macrae Brad Stewart 14 57kg
8 822X4216 O’GRADY (NZ) Brett Baker Grant Cooksley 3 57kg
9 X9X2115461 JACK’S BACK Kevin Kemp Jim Byrne 6 57kg
10 74832125X0 NO MORE BULL Lindsay Gough Ryan Wiggins 17 57kg
11 3X322341X4 VOODOO BLACK MAGIC Jeffrey Caught Dale Missen 15 57kg
12 4X15211 VACALLO (NZ) Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 11 57kg
13 2X134264 ARCTIC Brian Smith Scott Galloway 12 57kg
14 67512X5 RETUNE David Kelly Timothy Bell (a) 4 57kg
15 71X211333 QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ) John Sargent Chris Munce 16 55kg
16 111X115400 GOLDSLICK Liam Birchley Paul Hammersley 1 55kg
17 148X0X2442 VORTEX Howard Wilson Andrew Spinks 2 55kg