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Eagle Farm’s Desleigh Forster is confident her young stable star Cylinder Beach is the one to beat in the upcoming Queensland Derby 2016 following his success over stablemate Too Good To Refuse in last Saturday’s Gunsynd Classic at Doomben Racecourse.
Forster was over the moon after preparing the quinella in the $125,000 Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1630m) on Victory Stakes Day, her progressive Showcasing gelding Cylinder Beach ($5.50) left with a short half-head to spare over Rothesay colt Too Good To Refuse ($5.50) in the set weights clash.
Third past the post in the blanket finish was the Liam Birchley-trained favourite Havasay ($5) who was just a half-length off the winner in the early Derby lead-up.
The $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) runs this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 11 as part of the Stradbroke Handicap Day action.
Forster is yet to saddle-up a Queensland Derby winner, but hopes her luck changes this season with the up-and-coming Cylinder Beach who lived up to his promising two-year-old form from last season.
As a juvenile he ran a good third in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) before a fourth to Press Statement in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m), but vies for his own elite level Brisbane win this winter when stepped out over further distance.
“He’s a good horse. All jokes aside, he probably should have won a Group 1 race last winter,” Forster told The Courier Mail.
“I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the world to have these horses at the moment.”
The Queensland Derby field is likely to attract a number of interstate raiders chasing the big prize money in Brisbane, but Forster believes her local youngster is the one to beat in the mile and a half showdown next month.
“They can bring whatever they like from down south, but they won’t beat Cylinder Beach in the Derby,” she said.
“I could have probably patched him up and taken him to Sydney (for an ATC Derby campaign) but I decided to wait and give him every chance to win a big one here in his home town.”
Jockey Michael Cahill replaced Robbie Fradd in the saddle for the Gunsynd Classic and is also confident Cylinder Beach is shaping up as a big Queensland Derby hope this season.
“You look at his pedigree and there’s a Sydney Cup winner close up and he gives me the impression he will run a trip,” Cahill said post-win on Saturday.
“He was a touch keen today, but that was probably more to do with him having not raced for so long.
“It was a great training effort to have him winning first up at the mile.”
Gunsynd Classic runner-up Too Good To Refuse lost few admirers after the brave second, his hoop Ryan Wiggins also suggesting Forster stick with a Queensland Derby campaign for the four-time winner.
“He really sprouted wings. He can win a Group 1 this horse and I just hope I’m the one on him when he does,” Wiggins said.
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