It took 14 runs but the Mick Price-trained Jabali peaked at the right time to break his maiden status in Doomben’s lucrative Queensland Guineas 2015 on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
The Exceed And Excel colt prepared at Caulfield in Melbourne by Price had failed to finish better than fifth, which he ran last start behind Najoom in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m), in his two earlier Doomben runs this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Because of that and the fact he was winless before his run in the $400,000 Group 2 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1600m), the eventual winner jumped at $26 odds through Ladbrokes.com.au in Race 5 where it all finally came together for him.
“To win a Group race as your first race is always a great result,” Price’s racing manger Matt Finn said.
Given a gun run from Jim Byrne from an ideal barrier four draw in the capacity 16-starter Queensland Guineas field, Jabali raced worse than midfield throughout in the set weights race where Tony Gollan’s Group 1 placed filly Traveston Girl set a cracking pace.
Getting the horse to settle off the hot speed worked a treat and was exactly what Byrne had been keen to do from the start.
“He’s a little bit aggressive being a bull,” the hoop said post-win.
“But he’s well-credentialed.
“The horse raced really well today and he run the mile strong.
“Funnily enough he relaxed and enjoyed the good tempo.
“With that hot speed and me being able to hold him together as long as possible worked.”
After jumping from double digits, Flying Spur filly Traveston Girl raced up quickly from out wide to lead from one of the first out of the gates, the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Deiheros from barrier one pasted three deep behind the pacesetter.
After settling Traveston Girl held a tidy lead over the race’s $101 roughie Lucky Tom and Deiheros while Michael Moroney’s O’Reilly gelding Merion, out to improve on a seventh to subsequent Queensland Oaks winner Winx in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) last time out on May 16, travelled along in fourth.
With 400m left to travel it was Lucky Tom on the outside of Traveston Girl while Miss Cover Girl got into the clear seemingly at the right time as they started down the straight.
At the 300m Kelly Schweida’s Monashee Mountain filly Miss Cover Girl, second in the Fred Best Classic last time out, briefly hit the front joining Merion and his hoop Damian Browne in the lead.
Sweeping home down the outside with a late run though was Jabali who raced away to post an impressive victory over the Gerald Ryan-trained Sydney raider Bachman at the same $26 price to win as the favourite was at Ladbrokes.
It was a hugely improved effort from All American colt Bachman, third in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) two back at Rosehill, whose first run at Doomben a fortnight ago was a disappointing 13th when five lengths off the Peter Moody-trained Upham in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m).
Rounding out this winter’s Queensland Guineas trifecta in third was then market mover Merion ($7) who held to finish in the money after a photo for the last place with the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Awesome Rock ($10).
Finn was quick to credit the ride from Byrne, who has ridden a couple of other winners for the team in Queensland in recent seasons.
“Jim’s a great rider up here,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of faith in him.”
Last year’s Queensland Guineas winner was the Steven O’dea-trained Sir Moments backed up to win the Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes (1600m) next start.
This Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival the Daybreak Lover Stakes runs on June 20 at the Gold Coast, the $150,000 feature part of Tattersall’s Tiara Day program, and hasn’t been ruled out for Jabali next start.
“I haven’t spoken to Mick yet but there’s a race in a couple of weeks down at the Gold Coast,” Finn said.
“He’s obviously had a long prep so far so we’ll just see how he pulls up and go from there.”
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2015 Queensland Guineas Results & Finishing Order
Doomben Race 5 – 06/06/2015
|1||4||JABALI||Mick Price||Jim Byrne||–||4||57kg||$26|
|2||7||BACHMAN||Gerald Ryan||Michael Cahill||1.3L||2||57kg||$21|
|3||5||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Damian Browne||1.6L||8||57kg||$6.50EF|
|4||8||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||James McDonald||1.7L||12||57kg||$10|
|5||11||MISS COVER GIRL||Kelly Schweida||Glen Boss||3.5L||3||55kg||$6.50EF|
|6||13||HIJACK HUSSY||Tony Gollan||Michael Rodd||3.7L||6||55kg||$10|
|7||6||GOOD PROJECT||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||3.9L||16||57kg||$9|
|8||3||SURE AND FAST||Bede Murray||Blake Shinn||4.1L||7||57kg||$7.50|
|9||10||MURT THE FLIRT||Kelly Purdy||Chris Symons||4.9L||10||57kg||$21|
|10||14||TRAVESTON GIRL||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||5L||11||55kg||$18|
|11||2||TIME FOR WAR||Gerald Ryan||Zac Purton||5.1L||15||57kg||$13|
|12||15||TREE OF JESSE||Bart & James Cummings||Tim Clark||6.6L||13||55kg||$10|
|13||12||AIMEE||Noel Doyle||Jason Taylor||6.8L||9||55kg||$51|
|14||9||LUCKY TOM||Harold Norman||Rikki Jamieson (a)||6.9L||14||57kg||$81|
|15||16||WHATALOVELYDAY||Jon Walk||Craig Newitt||7.7L||5||55kg||$101|
|16||1||DEIHEROS||Lloyd Kennewell||Ric McMahon||10.2L||1||57kg||$15|
|–||20e||STAVIVA||Matt Laurie||Kerrin McEvoy||–||0||–||–|
|–||21e||RIGHT OR WRONG||Lindsay Gough||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||19e||FINAL DECISION||Jason Coyle||Tye Angland||–||0||–||–|
|–||17e||ULMANN||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||–||0||–||–|
|–||18e||REKINDLED POWER||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|