A number of possible Queensland Derby contenders will face off on the Gold Coast this weekend in the Gunsynd Classic 2015 including two for premier Brisbane trainer Rob Heathcote.
Kicking off the action of Saturday’s A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day in Queensland, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Surfers Paradise RSL Gunsynd Classic (1800m) is due to run as Race 1 at 11:42am (AEST).
A final field of 10 three-year-olds, many heading towards the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben on June 6, is accepted for the set weights clash including Heathcote-trained stablemates Fusina and Gid Up Strop.
Drawn wide in barriers eight and nine respectively, the duo both come off last start victories including Glen Colless’s mount Fusina who has won his past two on the trot.
The latest win by the Nicconi gelding was at the Sunshine Cost on a muddy Heavy (10) track at the start of the month where he saluted over the mile, any rain around leading into Saturday’s race to suit.
Gid Up Strop meanwhile has Damian Browne in the saddle, the progressive son of Pendragon having won over 1630m at Doomben on April 11 with the same hoop aboard.
Easily the top-rated of the Gunsynd Classic runners this season meanwhile is the John Zielke-trained Worthy Cause in gate seven for jockey Justin Stanley.
The Sunshine Coast-based Choisir colt ran third to Mywayorthehighway in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at this track last December and is three runs into this latest campaign having run a first-up second and enjoyed a second-up win just last Saturday on a rain-affected Doomben track.
The other two last start winners in the field are then the Sam Kavanagh-trained Invinzabeel (barrier two) and Upham (barrier four) for Peter Moody.
Ultra-consistent I Am Invincible gelding Invinzabeel won over the Warwick Farm mile on April 8 while Kerrin McEvoy’s mount Upham also won over the same track and distance three days later in a Class 2 by a narrow margin.
Moody has also accepted for nicely-bred Sebring colt Ulmann jumping from the inside alley with Luke Nolen in the saddle, the youngster chasing another win after Nolen rode him to victory over 1600m at Sandown-Lakeside earlier in the month.
Rounding out this year’s Gunsynd Classic hopes are then Ben Aherns’ Beaudesert-trained colt Chillin With Dylan coming off a second to Gid Up Strop in Brisbane, the Gerald Ryan-trained third placegetter in that same lead-up race Brewery and Canongate whose jockey is still to be announced.
The full 2015 Gunsynd Classic field, barriers and jockeys are detailed in the table below with odds to follow shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2015 Gunsynd Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw
Gold Coast Race 1 (11:42am) – 25/04/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||122×43621||WORTHY CAUSE||John Zielke||Justin P Stanley||7||57kg||77.5|
|2||251×034911||FUSINA||Robert Heathcote||Glen Colless||8||57kg||70|
|3||1443×41||GID UP STROP||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||9||57kg||70|
|4||47x2141x3||INAUGURATION||Peter G Moody||Hugh Bowman||6||57kg||72|
|5||3x44242x21||INVINZABEEL||Sam Kavanagh||Blake Shinn||2||57kg||69|
|6||7x125x591||ULMANN||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||57kg||71|
|7||x33321x323||CHILLIN WITH DYLAN||Ben Ahrens||Ryan Wiggins||10||57kg||67|
|8||67×1212||BREWERY||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||3||57kg||69|
|9||217×31||UPHAM (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Kerrin McEvoy||4||57kg||67|