One-paced stayer Iggi Pop was able to outstay their rivals and snare a black-type victory when stepped up to the two miles by trainer John Sargent in the Queensland Cup 2014 in Brisbane over the weekend.
The former John O’Shea-trained Savabeel gelding had their first look at the 3200m in Saturday’s $150,000 Listed bmag Queensland Cup, a distance they proved more than capable of.
In a well-timed ride from Jim Byrne, the rising six-year-old was there to take control when Astro Avalanche failed to back up from their Stayers Cup second over the same distance last start and faded out of contention over the final 800m of the Queensland Cup.
Coming off a lacklusture 10th in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on June 21, Iggi Pop returned to the track on Saturday and this time were up front earlier, holding to win the staying showdown.
Only rated a $10 chance, Iggi Pop had three and a half lengths to spare of the John Thompson-trained three-year-old and equal favourite Pop ‘N’ Scotch ($5) on the line.
A further one and a half lengths away in third was then Barry Mitchell’s Caloundra Cup winner Brayroan ($5.50) who was on the short seven day turnaround.
Many, winning hoop Byrne included, expected the finish to feature the Sam Kavanagh-trained runaway leader Astro Avalanche after their exciting up front display the run before.
But the equal favourite couldn’t repeat that performance and dropped right out to run dead last walking home over 70 lengths off the winner.
“I was surprised Ryan [Wiggins on Astro Avalance] wasn’t going harder, but even from the 1600m I could see him slapping it up,” Byrne told The Courier Mail.
“I didn’t want to be in front that far out, but I could see he was in trouble soon after the 1000m and I just said ‘bugger you Wiggo, I’m off’.
“Fortunately, he [Iggi Pop] was able to outstay them.”
After studying videos of his mount pre-race, Byrne knew he had to be close to the lead in the two mile event and he was rewarded for his research.
“He has no turn of foot at all, so I wanted to be up there and just hope he could outstay them,” Byrne said.
“Fortunately it worked out that way.”
Their Sydney-based trainer Sargent had been eyeing the Queensland Cup since taking over their preparation earlier this year when former trainer O’Shea took up a private position with Darley.
There is a chance Iggi Pop could back-up this Thursday then in the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) for which they are nominated.
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2014 Queensland Cup Results & Finishing Order
Eagle Farm Race 7 – 05/07/2014
|1||7||IGGI POP (NZ)||John Sargent||Jim Byrne||–||12||54kg||$10|
|2||11||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||John P Thompson||Ric McMahon||3.5L||7||54kg||$5EF|
|3||2||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Barry A Mitchell||Chris Munce||5L||4||55.5kg||$5.50|
|4||1||MILITARY MOVE (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Damian Browne||5.4L||9||58kg||$11|
|5||12||MAJOR MAJOR||Bryce Heys||Glen Colless||6.7L||13||54kg||$12|
|6||5||RAEBURN||Brian Smith||Vinnie Colgan||8L||16||54kg||$14|
|7||8||DODGING EDDIE||Michael Nolan||Skye Bogenhuber||8.4L||6||54kg||$51|
|8||14||ROCK THE PAC||Lindsay Gough||Anthony Allen (a)||8.6L||10||54kg||$101|
|9||3||THE INVENTOR||Bevan Laming||Tegan Harrison (a)||9.4L||14||54.5kg||$13|
|10||10||EIGHT’S A PARTY||Darren Bell||Timothy Bell||9.5L||3||54kg||$11|
|11||15||UNSPOKEN||Ben Currie||Nozi Tomizawa||9.7L||11||54kg||$101|
|12||16||DUELLING GODDESS (NZ)||Dean S Smith||Patrick Holmes||10L||2||54kg||$201|
|13||13||BACK TO ABILENE||Robert Lyford||Eddie Wilkinson||10.8L||5||54kg||$101|
|14||4||WAZN (IRE)||Tony Newing||Andrew Gibbons||24.6L||15||54.5kg||$12|
|15||9||CLONMACNOISE (NZ)||Alan L Jones||Kelvin Wharton||31.6L||8||54kg||$101|
|16||6||ASTRO AVALANCHE (GB)||Sam Kavanagh||Ryan Wiggins||71.6L||1||54kg||$5EF|