Kelso Wood-trained colt Sizzling is on track for the Group 1 2012 TJ Smith Plate after cruising to a comfortable victory in the 2012 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast today.
The son of Snitzel was odds-on bookmaker.com.au favourite to win his first start since January and he proved both the bookies and punters correct with a stellar four-and-half-length win.
Now a winner of two from five starts, the talented two-year-old was relaxed out of the gates and was well back from the leaders for a large portion of the race.
As they came to the final bend, leading jockey Chris Munce peeled him round the outside and from that moment on it was all Sizzling.
The Magic Millions fourth place-getter showed remarkable acceleration to gallop away from Kindergarten Stakes winner Dances On Stars and local hope Dansonate.
Trainer Wood said the sluggish start was typical of the horse who he expects to improve as he steps up in distance.
“He’s a very relaxed horse. The 1400 and the mile (1600) are going to really suit him,” Wood said.
Wood confirmed the target for the winter would be the $500,000 TJ Plate (1600m) which will take place as part of Stradbroke Handicap day at Eagle Farm on June 9.
Bought for $260,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, the promising colt has almost paid back his price tag having collected nearly $200,000 from just five starts.
It was a quality ride from Munce who has beeon on board Sizzling in all of his starts to date.
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Ken Russell Memorial Classic 2012 – Results
|1||1||SIZZLING||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||–||9||57kg||$2F|
|2||4||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||4.5L||10||57kg||$4|
|3||3||DANSONATE||Peter Balzen||Brad Stewart||5L||12||57kg||$14|
|4||11||DANSAL||Robert R Wilson||Larry Cassidy||5.1L||7||55kg||$13|
|5||13||MIDNIGHT FURY||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||5.9L||6||55kg||$31|
|6||17e||YOU’RE MINE||David Kelly||Luke Nolen||7.7L||3||55kg||$51|
|7||6||SALUTER||Jason McLachlan||Jim Byrne||8.1L||2||57kg||$21|
|8||7||BURLEIGH HEADS||Bruce W Hill||Grant Cooksley||8.6L||5||57kg||$26|
|9||5||CHARGE A FORTUNE||Rex Lipp||Eddie Wilkinson||9L||14||57kg||$21|
|10||15||UTILISM||John P Thompson||Glen Colless||9.4L||11||55kg||$15|
|11||14||HERE’S TO YA||David Kelly||Daniel Griffin||10.4L||8||55kg||$41|
|12||12||WOLFSBURG||John P Thompson||Jake Noonan (a)||15.2L||13||55kg||$31|
|13||2||NOOGOORA BURR||David Lawlor||Andrew Spinks||23.2L||4||57kg||$10|
|14||16||MARSA||Brendan Richardson||Josh Adams (a)||29.7L||1||55kg||$61|