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.
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
|1||AIN’T SHE SWEET||Daryl Peckett|
|2||CLASSIC BEND||Barry Baldwin|
|4||GRAYSON SQUARE (NZ)||Brian Wakefield|
|5||HOLEY GADOLEY||Pat Duff|
|7||LUCKY HUSSLER||Kent Fleming|
|8||MISHANI PERSUADER||Les Ross|
|9||NOOGOORA BURR||Darryl Hansen|
|10||PLATINUM STATE||Bryan Guy|
|11||PLAYERS CHOICE||Jai Phillips|
|13||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson|
|17||SUNSET AFFAIR||Gillian Heinrich|
|18||THE CONSPIRATOR||Tony Sears|