After looking a sure thing 50m from the line Real Good only just held on by a nose to win the Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic 2015 at the Sunshine Coast on Caloundra Cup Day.
The local Trevor Miller-trained Real Saga gelding was first-up not having raced since January and was ridden by Michael Cahill for his maiden victory in the $100,000 Listed Wimmers Premium Soft Drinks Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic (1200m).
In his fourth start he finally broke through for a win, but it almost wasn’t the case with Cahill taking off for the line a little early and opening the horse up to be a sitting duck for the fast-finishing Handfast.
However Real Good ($11) just held on by a narrow margin to defeat the John O’Shea-trained Street Cry colt Handfast ($5.50) while third in the Bruce McLachlan went to Mr Optimistic ($9) who came from a mile back on the turn to finish in the money.
Best out of the barriers and going up to lead them round in the two-year-olds’ set weights clash was the Less Ross-trained Frequendly and jockey Brad Stewart on the rails.
They sat in front of Real Good while Tony Noonan’s Mornington-based Domesday colt Mr Optimistic, coming off a win over the distance at the Gold Coast from April 29, dropped right back to second last with 750m to travel.
Frequendly was getting a good run on the inside of Jam Toast then as Bruce Hill’s Tailevent went up to lead.
On the turn into the straight eventual fourth-placed Frequendly fought back again to tackle the leader on the outside, dashing up to take front spot 200m out.
Fifty metres from home however Real Good, who had gotten a lovely run fourth throughout, jumped into the picture going on to win in a tight photo finish Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic result.
Next-up options for the better performed juveniles in the Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic include a possible Queensland Oaks Day back-up at Doomben on May 30 in the $100,000 Listed The Phoenix (1350m) or potentially a run in the $600,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) on June 6.
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2015 Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic Results
Sunshine Coast Race 4 – 16/05/2015
|1||3||REAL GOOD||Trevor Miller||Michael Cahill||–||4||57kg||$13|
|2||7||HANDFAST||John O’Shea||Timothy Bell||0.1L||9||57kg||$6|
|3||4||MR OPTIMISTIC||Tony Noonan||Jim Byrne||0.9L||7||57kg||$8|
|4||10||FREQUENDLY||Les Ross||Brad Stewart||2.4L||1||55kg||$3.10F|
|5||9||REDSSON||Bruce W Hill||Jeff Lloyd||4.2L||3||57kg||$5.50|
|6||13||STICK WITH ME||Chris Munce||Ryan Wiggins||4.4L||2||55kg||$41|
|7||5||TAILLEVENT||Bruce W Hill||Larry Cassidy||5.9L||5||57kg||$26|
|8||14||OPINIONATED||Andrew Williamson||Daniel Griffin||6.1L||8||55kg||$31|
|9||2||JAM TOAST||Ben Currie||Luke Tarrant (a)||7.4L||6||57kg||$11|
|10||11||BANDA SPICE||Stuart Kendrick||Matthew Cameron||7.6L||11||55kg||$10|
|11||16||TIMELESS LADY||John Holcombe||Robbie Fradd||10.4L||10||55kg||$61|
|12||15||RANI’S DYNASTY||Doug Duryea||Paul Hammersley||20.9L||12||55kg||$26|
|–||1||THE WILDMAN||Mick Mair||Tegan Harrison||–||0||–||–|
|–||6||CLOUT||John Johnston||Luke Nolen||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||OUR RACKETEER||Stuart Kendrick||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||LADY NO MORE||Ian Livingstone||Jason Taylor||–||0||–||–|