Queensland Guineas 2022 Results: Character Earns Shot at Queensland Derby

April 30, 2022

Queensland Guineas 2022 Results: Character Earns Shot at Queensland Derby

The Godolphin-raced Character looks likely to be given another shot at a Derby distance after a powerhouse win in the 2022 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm by the beautifully-bred youngster on Victory Stakes Day.

Character | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes

Character (pictured at Newcastle) was strong winning the 2022 Queensland Guineas over a mile. Photo: Steve Hart.

The James Cummings-trained son of super sire Teofilo was given a gun ride by James Orman and was good late charging into the clear and hitting the line strongly to win the Group 2 $350,00 Queensland Guineas (1600m).

“He came here well-prepared by James (Cummings) and his team at home,” Orman told Thoroughbred Central post-win.

“I was the winner a long way out, I just had to find a run and away he went.”

One of the first lead-up races into the richer events of the upcoming Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, the Queensland Guineas serves as a good preparatory run for three-year-olds eyeing a start in the Group 1 $1 million Queensland Derby (2400m) over the mile and a half back at Eagle Farm on May 28.

The Queensland Guineas – Queensland Derby double however has not been completed since Camarena back in 1999.

Character lined-up in Melbourne’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at double-figures in the spring and failed to challenge finish a well-beaten eighth behind Hitotsu.

Now a gelding, he came back to win the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (1850m) at Newcastle third-up this campaign.

He failed to produce again in another disappointing staying test last time out when over 17 lengths beaten behind the same Derby champ – Hitotsu – in Sydney’s ATC Derby over the mile and a half on April 2.

Back to a mile in the Queensland Guineas and he was too strong for his rivals, Orman giving the eventual winner a patient ride just off the moderate speed before balancing up nicely and punching through the middle the closing stages.

The Auckland Guineas winning Kiwi raider, Dark Destroyer, presented as the only danger late but couldn’t catch Character who went on to win by a good margin displaying a lovely big action.

In a distant third rounding out the Queensland Guineas trifecta was the local Tony Gollan-trained Dundeel colt Ashgrove.

Orman remains hopeful Godolphin will give Character another crack at the mile and a half, the jockey believing the horse could be up to the distance based on how he won the Guineas.

“The way he ran through the line today, you’d probably have to have another crack,” he said.

“He gave me a good feel running through the line.

“Hopefully they keep prepping him towards the Derby.

Character has firmed in from $15 to $7 in the latest all-in 2022 Queensland Derby odds at Ladbrokes.com.auavailable in full here.

2022 Queensland Guineas Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 CHARACTER James Cummings James Orman 1 57kg $6
2 4 DARK DESTROYER (NZ) Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Sam Weatherley 0.75L 4 57kg $18
3 12 ASHGROVE Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 3L 6 57kg $10
4 1 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Jim Byrne 3.1L 8 57kg $5.50
5 5 CAPE BRETON Chris Waller Luke Dittman 3.3L 7 57kg $18
6 7 SOUTHERN STOCK (NZ) Chris Munce Larry Cassidy 4.05L 10 57kg $21
7 8 MENAZZI Stuart Kendrick Ms Tiffani Brooker 4.15L 12 57kg $26
8 15 FESTIVAL DANCER Matthew Smith Ben Thompson 4.35L 13 55kg $7
9 13 ANTONIO GIOVANNI Chris Waller Ms Samantha Collett 4.85L 11 57kg $26
10 6 RED WAVE Tony & Maddysen Sears Andrew Mallyon 4.95L 5 57kg $17
11 3 BEND THE KNEE John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 5.05L 2 57kg $4.40F
12 16 SEA RIPPLE Chris Munce Mark Du Plessis 5.55L 3 55kg $26
13 14 KIPLING’S JOURNEY Peter & Will Hulbert Ryan Wiggins 5.95L 14 57kg $151
14 9 WHITEWATER David Vandyke Boris Thornton 6.25L 9 57kg $26
11 THREE WISE MEN Edward Cummings 0
10 GREEN BELT (USA) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jim Byrne 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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