This Saturday John Thompson’s progressive young filly Pretty Pins will take her next step towards a start in the lucrative Queensland Oaks during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival when she takes on a quality field in 2012 Gold Coast Bracelet.
The Pins three-year-old goes into the $125,000 Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m), running as the Gold Coast Race 6 at 2:35pm on Saturday, second-up for the season after a credible fifth finishing two and a half lengths off the winner Morning Captain in the Listed National Jockey Celebration QLD Day Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on April 14.
“It was only her first run back and it was a good run,” Thompson said of Pretty Pin’s last start effort.
“She’s done well since and she should run a big race again.”
A winner of four of her eight career starts to date Pretty Pins officially sees her home Gold Coast track under race conditions for the first time in the Bracelet drawing barrier 10 in the bumper 14 starter plus five emergency field.
With all the emergencies coming out Pretty Pins will move into barrier seven, Michael Cahill riding her for the first time.
Cahill returns to his home track at the Gold Coast this week after a successful stint riding in Mauritius, and will join South African hoop Jeff Lloyd as one of the primary jockeys for Nathan Tinkler’s goliath racing operation – Patinack Farm.
For her most recent rides Pretty Pins was ridden by crack apprentice Timothy Bell, however Bell was sacked this week as main Queensland stable rider for Patinack Farm.
“Tim has had several warnings after missing a lot of trackwork lately since he moved off the farm (at Canungra) three months ago to live on the Gold Coast,” Thompson said of the sacking.
“He’ll be better off with a master who can keep an eye on him.
“I specifically asked him to turn up for trackwork last Sunday after the Eagle Farm meeting was washed out but he failed to show.
“I wanted him to ride Pretty Pins who is in at the Gold Coast on Saturday; as far as I’m concerned that’s blatant disrespect.”
During December Pretty Pins won back-to-back Doomben races over 1600m and 2020m respectively, both on Slow – Heavy ground, and so the 1800-metres on Saturday with the Gold Coast currently rated a Slow (7) looks ideal for her.
Pretty Pins main aim for the season is of course the $400,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 2, a race the bulk of the Gold Coast Bracelet field is heading towards.
Peter Snowden’s Sydney visitor Divorces won the Gold Coast Bracelet last year going on to run third in the Group 3 The Roses (2020m) and fourth in the Queensland Oaks, beaten both times by Kiwi filly Scarlet Lady.
This year’s The Doomben Roses runs on May 19 and is the logical next step for Pretty Pins and her fellow Queensland Oaks-bound rivals following Saturday’s GC Bracelet.
Like Scarlett Lady last year on Saturday another crack New Zealand filly will look to steal the Aussie’s thunder heading into the Oaks with Shaune Ritchie’s NZ Oaks winner Miss Artistic.
Other top chances in the Gold Coast Bracelet field this year include the recent winning Princess Stakes trifecta of Hidden Jewel, Rocksan and Tycoon’s Heart.
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