Ben Ahrens’ always gallant galloper from Beaudesert Spechenka enjoyed the third stakes win of their career on Saturday taking out the Queen’s Cup 2012 at Eagle Farm Racecourse.
The Danachenka six-year-old capped off a typical hit-and-miss campaign as they relished the step up to 3200-metres and posted their 12th turf triumph in the $150,000 Group 3 Queen’s Cup (3200m).
It was the third time Spechenka, rated a $9 chance on Saturday, rose up to the challenge in a black type following their 2011 Caloundra Cup and 2010 Summer Cup wins.
The gelding again came off a run in the Caloundra Cup, Spechenka only managing to finish 10 lengths away fourth to Shenzhou Steeds after failing to let down on the Heavy (10) track.
Jockey Ryan Wiggins, who retained the ride for the Queen’s Cup win, convinced connections based on their effort at Caloundra that Spechenka would be suited to the Group 3 race and their prediction proved right.
“He got beaten a fair way, but the winner is pretty smart and this was always going to be a drop in grade,” Wiggins said.
“I told them they would be mad if they didn’t back up.”
In a well-timed ride by the hoop notable backmarker Spechenka cruised up behind the frontrunners and outstayed his rivals with a genuine staying finish.
“From the half mile I knew he was going to win,” Wiggins said.
“I was just going so easy.
“He just did it all himself.
“I had cruised up behind the leader and hadn’t even asked my horse to go.”
On the line Spechenka ($9) had one and a quarter lengths to spare over the Michael Moroney-trained $2.30 favourite Maythehorsebemagic with Fantastic Blue ($14) a further three lengths away third.
It was a great improvement from some of their other less impressive runs this time in including their distant 17th to Lights Of Heaven in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), Ahrens crediting the inclusion of a tongue tie to their gear for the improvement on Saturday.
“He hasn’t really flopped this time in, but a couple of those runs were below his best,” Ahrens said.
“I never really lost confidence in him and he’s one of those horses that bobs up every now and then.
“He’s been a great horse for me.
“He’s won the Summer Cup, a Caloundra Cup and now this.”
Ahrens was also happy with the patient ride from Wiggins.
“It was a nice and patient ride and he had all the favours,” he said.
“He rode it cute and it worked out.”
The full 2012 Bmag Queen’s Cup finishing order and results are listed in the table below.
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2012 Queen’s Cup Results
|1||4||SPECHENKA||Ben Ahrens||Ryan Wiggins||–||6||54kg||$9|
|2||6||MAYTHEHORSEBEMAGIC (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Jay Ford||1.3L||7||54kg||$2.30F|
|3||2||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||Timothy Bell (a)||4.3L||10||55.5kg||$14|
|4||5||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||Ric McMahon||5.3L||2||54kg||$26|
|5||1||BOOMING (NZ)||Jeff Lynds||Chris Munce||9.8L||1||59kg||$3|
|6||9||HANDSOME DANE||Owen Glue||Jason Taylor||18.3L||9||54kg||$26|
|7||3||HUME (NZ)||Brian Smith||Scott Galloway||29.5L||8||55.5kg||$8|
|8||8||SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE||John P Thompson||Jim Byrne||32.5L||5||54kg||$61|
|9||7||ROI D’JEU (NZ)||Craig Ritchie||Eddie Wilkinson||33L||3||54kg||$8|
|10||11||FAMOUS FORTUNE||Lyn Paton||Micheal Hellyer||46L||4||54kg||$101|
|11||10||WHITE CITY||Bryan Dais||Ms Rosie Myers (a)||78.3L||11||54kg||$41|
Eagle Farm Race 6 – 07/07/2012