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David Pfieffer’s Group 1 performing mare Gai’s Choice will return to Queensland this summer preparing for the riches of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Racing Carnival 2013 in January after enjoying success at her last campaign in the sunshine state.
The now five-year-old daughter of General Nediym was sent to Brisbane this winter after the formerly Brett Partelle-trained galloper won her opening two starts for Pfieffer at Rosehill in May.
She continued the winning streak at Ipswich in June with an impressive win at Ipswich in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) before her close third when beaten under half a length by Pear Tart in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) on June 23.
Unfortunately for connections her three spring runs were far less rewarding as she failed to finish better than sixth in her three new season runs, Gai’s Choice last seen finishing a hapless seventh in the Group 3 Herald Sun Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.
“She didn’t really have a lot of luck,” Pfieffer said of her spring campaign.
“She got back in the big fields and just never got clear.
“Brett Prebble rode her on Cup day and he came back in and said ‘forget she went around, she’s probably seen every arse in the race’.
“She was still close to the tail of the field at the furlong and she finished seventh and she was still working home strongly.”
The mare had a Rosehill barrier trial on Tuesday however where she finished a good third over 1030m giving Pfieffer hope she will come on better during the warmer months in Queensland.
“She trialled well,” Pfieffer said.
“She was restrained to about the middle of the field, worked home nicely without being pushed along too much in what was a strong enough sort of heat and she was doing her best work late.”
She will be kept ticking over before running at Eagle Farm in the $80,000 Listed Tatersall’s Classic (1200m) on December 1 after which the Gold Coast’s famous Magic Millions 2013 Race Day on Saturday 12th January.
“There is a race for her on the first of December in Brisbane,” Pfieffer said.
“A fillies and mares race which is her immediate plan and then we’ll end up at the Magic Millions.”
Exactly which Magic Millions race Gai’s Choice will target is still being decided with connections looking at both the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) and the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap (1300m).
“We will look at both the Cup and the fillies and mares race,” Pfieffer said.
“We’ll work out what we will do closer to it. If she wins a race on the way she will probably be weighted out of the fillies and mares race.”
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