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
|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|