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On Saturday Alicia Willick’s local veteran Trombone Alley continued with their magic recent run of form finally saluting in their first black type with a win in the Goldmarket Handicap 2014 at the Gold Coast.
It was the Easy Rocking seven-year-olds’ 41st career start and they enjoyed a well-earned victory in the $100,000 Listed Carlton Draught Goldmarket (1300m) as a double figure outsider.
Having won four of their past five starts leading into the weekend’s major, Trombone Alley was paying $15 as they stepped up in class for a shot at the black type on their home track.
Ridden Jason Taylor, who only secured the ride 90 minutes before jump time, the gelding carried the 54kg minimum and led all the way in an impressive effort.
Taylor replaced fellow hoop Larry Cassidy for the ride, Cassidy unable to get down to the required weight due to the heat.
It was a race where those that could handle a seriously firm track, the Gold Coast rated a Good (2), and some very hot weather were the best home.
Despite the hot weather Trombone Alley was able to beat home fellow veteran, Tony Gollan’s Falvelon eight-year-old Gundy Son ($21) to win by a half length.
“I think everyone else decided leaders couldn’t win and let me get away a bit,” Taylor told AAP post-win speaking race tactics.
Finishing off the winning Goldmarket Handicap trifecta a further quarter length away in third was then $4.60 shot Morning Captain, Kelly Doughty’s Danbird five-year-old coming off a fifth in the Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben last month.
Disappointment of the race meanwhile was Gai Waterhouse’s visiting Sydney raider King Cobia ($3.20) who failed to handle the class rise or conditions crossing 10th to beat home just one other runner.
They were however still only defeated three lengths, with a total of just three and a half length separating the entire 11 runners.
The result was a good one for Taylor who only returned to racing in November after spending six months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
It also followed another off-season stakes win aboard Lucky Hussler in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m), but he rated Saturday’s higher being at his home ground.
“Everyone wants to win a feature race on their home track and I have been based at the Gold Coast for a long time,” Taylor said.
Also thrilled with the result was trainer Willick who secured Trombone Alley for a steal from owner Gary Pemberton seven months after the horse had been retired.
Previously prepared by Pat Duff the horse fell out of form in the spring – summer of 2012 – 13 and was sent out.
They came back nine months later however to join Willick’s lot and hasn’t put a foot wrong since in a serious form revival securing close to $100,000 in prize money since the start of their new career.
“He just seems to have thrived on the Gold Coast, ” Willick said.
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2014 Goldmarket Handicap Results & Finishing Order
Gold Coast Race 7 – 4:05pm (AEST) – 04/01/2014
|1||10||TROMBONE ALLEY||Alicia Willick||Ms Jess Taylor (a)||–||8||54kg||$15|
|2||3||GUNDY SON||Tony Gollan||Ryan Wiggins||0.5L||7||56kg||$21|
|3||2||MORNING CAPTAIN||Kelly Doughty||Jim Byrne||0.9L||1||59kg||$4.60|
|4||11||SPATHA||Maryann Brosnan||Michael Cahill||1.1L||10||54kg||$31|
|5||4||OLLIE VOLLIE||Sue Grills||Timothy Bell||1.3L||6||56kg||$11|
|6||7||DE DOZEN STARS||Barry Baldwin||Bobby El-Issa||1.6L||5||54.5kg||$15|
|7||5||MISHANI WARRIOR||Les Ross||Anthony Allen (a)||1.7L||11||55kg||$5.50|
|8||1||FACILE TIGRE||Jason McLachlan||Eddie Wilkinson||2.1L||4||59kg||$26|
|9||9||LITTLE BROWN HORSE||Kelly Doughty||Ms Tegan Harrison (a)||2.2L||9||54kg||$13|
|10||8||KING COBIA||Gai Waterhouse||Chris Munce||3L||2||54kg||$3.20F|
|11||6||SIGNIFIED||Kelso Wood||Ric McMahon||3.4L||3||55kg||$7|
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