Goulburn trainer Kurt Goldman has an ambitious Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival bid in mind with his impressive Inglis Dash winner Hellbent heading towards the Stradbroke Handicap 2016.
The three-year-old I Am Invincible colt enjoyed his third win at start number six at Flemington on Saturday’s Chester Manifold Stakes Day meeting with a one length victory over progressive filly Mossin’ Around in the $250,000 Inglis Dash (1100m).
It was his first run since going down as the beaten odds-on favourite in Randwick’s $250,000 Inglis Sprint (1100m) back on December 12 and had Goldman talking up the colt’s chances in upcoming Group 1s this season.
A $95,000 buy from the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Summer Sale Book, Hellbent has now won $273,550 in prize money after his classy win over the weekend.
Ridden by Dwayne Dunn on Saturday the up-and-comer settled just off the pace before pulling away for a win in what Goldman said was ‘Plan B’ for the horse.
“It was an afterthought coming here to this race, obviously the one back at Randwick was our main target and things didn’t go to plan,” the 30-year-old trainer told Racing Victoria on Saturday celebrating his maiden Flemington win.
“In horse racing, sometimes you’ve got to go to Plan B, Plan C or even Plan D.
“He’s definitely the best horse I’ve had the pleasure of training but until they come out and do it on raceday, there’s plenty of horses that are great at trackwork and don’t come out and produce.
“He’s a nice progressive horse heading in the right direction.
“Obviously after last start you can never be too confident.
“I was very confident going into that run at Randwick and he let me down so to speak.
“It was good to see the real Hellbent come out today.”
There are plenty of next-up options for Hellbent now including the $150,000 Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on February 6 and the lucrative Scone Guineas depending on how well the youngster pulls through his weekend win.
“I did say that we’d likely go into the Eskimo Prince next start but there’s every chance he might go to the paddock and come back for the Scone Guineas, which is another Inglis race worth $400,000,” Goldman said.
“That would give us a nice lead-up into Brisbane and he might even be able to contest a Stradbroke or a BTC Cup.”
The Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) runs at Doomben Racecourse in early May followed by Queensland’s richest race, the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) scheduled for Eagle Farm the following month.
The last three-year-old BTC Cup winner was the John O’Shea-trained filly Sea Siren (2012) while Sincero (2011) was the last of that age group to take out the Stradbroke Handicap.
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