The Tony Gollan-trained Alma’s Fury continued their good late season form at the Sunshine Coast over the weekend scoring another feature race win in the Glasshouse Handicap 2014.
The Refuse To Bend six-year-old jumped the favourite in Saturday’s $175,000 Listed Reed Property Group Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) on Caloundra Cup Day and won running away.
Last start the Jim Byrne-ridden gelding won the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich and with their Glasshouse Handicap success they repeated the double achieved by Belltone two years ago.
“The feeling in the stable was that he would be even better suited on the bigger track,” Byrne told The Courier Mail.
“We got into a good position and it was then only a matter of getting a break.
“He really put a gap in them quickly.”
On the line Alma’s Fury ($4.60F) had one and three quarter lengths to spare over the Michael Moroney-trained New Zealand import Spitfire Lady ($18) who put in a good late challenge.
Rounding out the Glasshouse Handicap trifecta just a long neck further back again was then the Kelly Doughty-trained Black Cash ($6.50) who improved on a luckless 12th in the Eye Liner.
Byrne has now ridden a total of three Glasshouse Handicap winners and was happy with Alma’s Fury’s effort this year carrying the 59.5kg top weight, 5.5kg more than runner-up Spitfire Lady on the 54kg minimum.
“It was basically the same group of horses he beat at Ipswich,” Byrne said.
“It did take him a longer to pick up under the weight, but once he did he was too good.
“Steel Zip (eventual fifth placegetter) made it a bit uncomfortable for a while, but his quality shone through once he picked up under the weight.”
While the honeymooning Gollan wasn’t trackside to enjoy the win, stable rep John Fleming said it was a great feeling to have the horse repeat their winning efforts from last start and win the races they’d been targeted for all Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
“You couldn’t say he had improved from Ipswich, but his coat had come on and that’s always a good sign with these older horses,” he said.
Now with 53 wins for the season, Gollan has a handy lead in the Queensland Trainers’ Premiership for the season eight ahead of Matt Dunn.
He does however have a tough next race decision to make with Alma’s Fury who is starting to get weighted out of contention for the Queensland races.
“He will be hard to place at the weights and they might want to take him back south,” Fleming said.
“But he has done very well with us so you they might stay here.”
Alma’s Fury has been with Gollan in Brisbane for just the three runs having been transferred from Paul Murray in Sydney earlier this year.
They’ve been thriving in the sunshine state however with two of their eight career wins having come since the move.
“Alma’s Fury has really bloomed here,” Fleming added.
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2014 Glasshouse Handicap Results & Finishing Order
Sunshine Coast Race 6 – 28/06/2014
|1||1||ALMA’S FURY||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||–||11||59.5kg||$4.60F|
|2||13||SPITFIRE LADY||Michael Moroney||Jason Taylor||1.8L||8||54kg||$18|
|3||7||BLACK CASH||Kelly Doughty||Ryan Wiggins||2L||4||54kg||$6.50|
|4||8||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||Anthony Allen (a)||2.1L||1||54kg||$10|
|5||4||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||Justin P Stanley||3.4L||13||55.5kg||$17|
|6||5||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill||Timothy Bell||3.6L||12||54.5kg||$9|
|7||10||PLAYITSTRAIGHT||Barry Lockwood||Ric McMahon||4.6L||9||54kg||$8|
|8||11||BILLY AUCASH||Brian Smith||Vinnie Colgan||4.8L||7||54kg||$41|
|9||6||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Eddie Wilkinson||4.9L||10||54kg||$19|
|10||12||ESCOFFIER||Len Treloar||Geoffrey Goold (a)||5.3L||15||54kg||$10|
|11||14||THAT’LLBGOOD (NZ)||Paul H Duncan||Samuel Payne (a)||5.5L||5||54kg||$71|
|12||16||AUGUSTE||Len Treloar||Rikki Jamieson (a)||6.3L||3||54kg||$31|
|13||2||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||6.5L||14||58.5kg||$10|
|14||9||ELLAWISDOM||Trevor Thomas||Kelvin Wharton||6.7L||2||54kg||$17|
|15||15||NOOGOORA BURR||David J Lawlor||Larry Cassidy||7.2L||6||54kg||$21|
|SB||3||MUIR (GB)||Trevor Miller||Matthew Morris||–||0||57kg||$101|