Sizzling Tops 2012 Gold Edition Plate Nominations

December 11, 2012

Sizzling Tops 2012 Gold Edition Plate Nominations

Kelso Wood’s exciting colt Sizzling is set to make his Queensland return in Saturday’s Listed $100,000 2012 Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm where he is likely to start a strong favourite.


Sizzling heads nominations for Saturday's Gold Edition Plate at Eagle Farm

The son of Snitzel starred as a two-year-old at the Queensland winter carnival and hardly disgraced himself in two starts against the top three-year-old sprinters in the land at the recent Melbourne spring carnival.

He returns to the track he excelled at in June with highlight victories occurring in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and the Group 1 TJ Smith.

His winter form gave Wood the confidence to test him during Australia’s premier racing period where he bolted home to finish within a half-length of Snitzerland when fourth in the $250,000 Blue Sapphire and sixth to Nechita in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

One of the top likely challengers to Sizzling on Saturday is the Patinack-owned Reflectance who boasts an impressive early career resume of three wins and two minor placings from six starts.

The John Thompson-trained colt was particularly impressive during a Brisbane spring campaign where he chalked up two wins and two narrow runner-up finishes from four outings.

Exceed and Excel filly Sunset Affair showed she was up to stakes level as a two-year-old when finishing second to the well-regarded Hoss Amor and is coming off a strong win in a Class 3 Handicap at Doomben last month.

Also bringing good form into the race is Matthew Dunn-trained colt Qfighter who won first-up at the Gold Coast in October and has since produced two runner-up performances at Doomben and Eagle Farm.

Qfighter is likely to get the chance to exact revenge on The Conspirator who defeated him at his last start and is chasing a third consecutive victory.

Other nominated horses include the out-of-form but talented Snipzu and Kelly Schweida’s consistent filly Discreet.

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Gold Edition Plate 2012 – Nominations

Horse Trainer
1 AIN’T SHE SWEET Daryl Peckett
2 CLASSIC BEND Barry Baldwin
3 DISCREET Kelly Schweida
4 GRAYSON SQUARE (NZ) Brian Wakefield
6 INDUBIOUS Len Treloar
7 LUCKY HUSSLER Kent Fleming
9 NOOGOORA BURR Darryl Hansen
11 PLAYERS CHOICE Jai Phillips
12 QFIGHTER Matthew Dunn
13 REFLECTANCE John P Thompson
14 SALUTER Jason McLachlan
15 SIZZLING Kelso Wood
16 SNIPZU Liam Birchley
17 SUNSET AFFAIR Gillian Heinrich

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