The Queensland Derby 2016 this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is the long-term goal for Bryan Guy’s weekend winner at the Sunshine Coast Eagle Way.
The nicely-bred More Than Ready gelding had his eighth career run and posted his third win on the trot to take his prize money up to close to $100,000 with an impressive two and three-quarter length effort in last Saturday’s $65,000 Coastline BMW QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1800m).
Jockey Paul Hammersley continued his successful association with the up-and-coming stayer as Eagle Way thrived in his first look at further than a mile, overcoming a run that sway him trapped three wide but with cover.
Overcoming barrier 12 of 12 the horse backed up from December wins over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast and 1615m at Doomben to keep the winning streak going ahead of his winter campaign later this year.
The Canungra-based Guy has big year planned for the $200,000 buy from the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale including his first Group race assignment.
After kicking off his career in Sydney with a string of unplaced runs, Eagle Way has found form with Guy in Queensland after leading Hong Kong trainer and the three-year-old’s owner John Moore sent him north.
Eagle Way’s latest win booked him a shot at the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) in June on Stradbroke Handicap Day, Moore quick to make the recommendation to Guy after Saturday’s success.
“John owned him when he was in Sydney and sent him to me because he wasn’t happy being boxed,” Guy told Racing Queensland.
“He’s got a big yard at Aquis Farm (formerly Patinack Farm) and he’ll be in it straight after this race.
“I spoke to John immediately following the win and he said he could take him back to Hong Kong and race him with some of his clients.
“But he was very happy with the way he won so we’ve decided he’ll probably spell now and have a crack at the Queensland Derby.”
Guy has been based at Aquis Farm since October, the former Brisbane premiership winning trainer previously training at the Gold Coast where he enjoyed the 2009 Magic Millions Cup win with Masai Pride.
This weekend the Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day offers up a record $10 million in total prize money over nine races making it Australia’s richest race meeting.
Guy will be represented in the now $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) this summer by six-year-old Spurtonic who defends the title he collected in the same race 12 months ago when prepared by Sydney’s Gai Waterhouse.
He could also accept for fellow six-year-old Regular in the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open Plate (1300m) that is full of depth this season thanks to the inclusion of Robert Heathcote’s six-time Group 1 winning sprint champion Buffering.
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