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This Saturday at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse Rob Heathcote’s progressive young filly Greytfilly will have her latest lead-up for next month’s 2013 Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast and her trainer is confident she’ll be hard to beat.
The daughter of Ferocity has had two previous runs backing up from a third on debut to win the Mastec 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Doomben on October 27 by an easy three lengths displaying a scintillating late burst of acceleration that Heathcote said only the “very good ones” posses.
“Only the very good ones can go `bang’ and put three or four lengths on them and put the race beyond doubt in 20 or 30 metres which she did,” he said.
She races for the first time since in the $50,000 New Sky Racing IPhone App QTIS 2YO Handicap over the same track and distance this weekend with her last start hoop Ryan Wiggins retaining the ride, Heathcote opting to give her a three week break between runs instead of taking her to last Saturday’s Calaway Gal Plate at Eagle Farm.
“I think I made the right call to give her a break because if I kept going with her, whilst I might’ve guaranteed her a start in the Millions, holding her together after she’d been up for so long would’ve been a bigger challenge,” Heathcote said.
“In hindsight the way the race was run last week my filly would’ve been right in the finish on the big track steaming down the outside but I chose the Doomben race for another reason.
“If I’d run her last week it probably would’ve meant running again in the (BJ) McLachlan (Plate at Doomben on December 29) which I’m reluctant to do because with these young horses they’re still pretty fragile.”
Despite having the second widest barrier to overcome, the field down to 11 following two early scratchings, Greytfilly has opened as the $3.30 favourite in the bookmaker.com.au markets for Saturday.
Her tidy last start victory, work since and a notoriously feisty attitude are just some of the reasons why Heathcote has so much faith in Greytfilly developing into a “serious racehorse”.
“She’s no angel in terms of being a pet but she’s a serious racehorse,” he said.
“She enjoys her work but if you invade her space she’ll kick you whether you’re a horse, a dog or a wall. She’s quite happy to be doing her own thing and that’s just her.”
Heathcote named the well-tried Craiglea Cruz ($6.50) and Kelso Wood’s last start winner Real Surreal ($4.40), who has blinkers added to her gear here, as the main dangers on Saturday, both also drawn in double digit barriers jumping from gates 13 and 11 respectively.
“The main chances in the race Craiglea Cruz and Real Surreal are also coming out of wide alleys so it balances things up,” he said.
While the class of the field is only moderate a first-up win here should see Greytfilly firm in her price for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 12, the filly currently paying $21 in the pre-field markets.
Assail is the new $5.50 favourite for the summer’s richest race after their runaway win in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Thursday.
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