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The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Hightail shapes up as a nice potential light weight chance in the upcoming Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane following his dominant win in the 2020 Gold Coast Guineas on Saturday.
The markets for this season’s Group 3 $125,000 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) suggested the in-form Written Tycoon gelding was the one to beat and Hightail didn’t disappoint, saluting for the punters with a late win over a brave The Odyssey.
Hightail continued his good form at the Gold Coast track where his two previous runs produced the third in the 2019 Magic Millions Classic as a two-year-old and the fourth behind superstar Alligator Blood in the Magic Millions Guineas this January.
Freshened-up after that run, Hightail returned at Randwick’s Kensington track on May 2 to win a Benchmark 88 over 1250m.
He made it two on the trot in the Gold Coast Guineas results given a peach of a ride by jockey Ryan Maloney just off the pace.
In a surprising move, it was the Tony Gollan-trained Garibaldi who lead the Gold Coast Guineas field around ahead of Kelly Schweida’s flying Better Than Ready colt The Odyssey, the Chris Munce-trained Stampe who was well positioned in third and Bellevue Hill for the Bott-Waterhouse stable.
Hightail sat just behind the leading quartet, before moving up out wide on the straight and charging home over the final 150m.
The Odyssey, who was chasing a fourth straight win, did all the work but Hightail was building the late momentum and had the finish lunging right on the line to get up in a photo following a high-pressure race.
It was a brave second for The Odyssey who took his prize money up over the million-dollar mark with the close placing beaten only a half-head, while third in the Gold Coast Guineas trifecta went to Exhilarates out wide a length further back.
Hightail now looks nicely placed heading towards a potential Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap run over 1400m at Eagle Farm on June 6 where he would get in with practically no weight should connections head that way.
2020 Gold Coast Guineas Results
|1||2||HIGHTAIL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ryan Maloney||–||8||57kg||$3.60F|
|2||1||THE ODYSSEY||Kelly Schweida||Ms Stephanie Thornton (a)||0.1L||12||57kg||$7.50|
|3||10||EXHILARATES||James Cummings||Robbie Fradd||1.1L||13||55kg||$4|
|4||7||SCATHING||Chris Munce||Justin Huxtable (a)||1.9L||6||57kg||$41|
|5||15||READY BABE||Mark Currie||Matthew McGillivray||2.4L||14||55kg||$51|
|6||6||RUUCA||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Brad Stewart||2.7L||7||57kg||$31|
|7||5||GARIBALDI||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||2.8L||4||57kg||$19|
|8||8||COMMAND’N’CONQUER||Steve Tregea||James Orman||3.3L||9||57kg||$6|
|9||4||BELLEVUE HILL||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Michael Cahill||4L||2||57kg||$13|
|10||3||STAMPE||Chris Munce||Sean Cormack||5L||1||57kg||$26|
|11||13||ZAC ATTACK||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Baylee Nothdurft (a)||6.5L||5||55kg||$51|
|12||12||BARODA||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Andrew Mallyon||7.3L||11||55kg||$21|
|13||16||ELEGANT GRACE||Kris Lees||Larry Cassidy||10.5L||10||55kg||$151|
|14||17e||FINAL DECLARATION||Kacy Fogden||Jag Guthmann-Chester||11.5L||3||57kg||$151|
|–||9||FISTICUFFS||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Matthew McGillivray||–||0||–||–|
|–||14||SWAN ISLAND||Beau Gorman||–||–||0||–||–|
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