By Tony McMahon
Gypsy Toff, a graduate of Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) has thrown down the gauntlet to challenge Cyclone Topgirl for honours as Rockhampton’s leading three-years-old filly.
This Gypsy Toff (pictured) did so audaciously with an all-the-way 3.5 lengths win in a $28,500 QYIS 3YO Handicap (1050m) at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse on January 25.
To say Gypsy Toff made light of her 61.5kg impost would be putting it mildly, while what is more, she really sunk in the hoof running a breezing 59.70 seconds for the 1050 metres journey.
“It was an impressive win and she ran good time as well,” her trainer Tom Button said.
Sectional times confirmed that testimony beyond doubt as Gypsy Toff was low level flying running home the last 600 metres in 32.74 seconds which was by far the best such split on the seven-race card.
Gypsy Toff, a $20,000 purchase at the 2017 CYS in Rockhampton has repaid her purchase price around 10-fold with six wins from nine starts as well as a Brisbane placing.
The Lyle Wright trained Cyclone Topgirl is the flagbearer for her age and gender among the Rockhampton equine ranks with eight wins from 10 starts with stakes around the $300,000 mark.
While Cyclone Topgirl has had an interrupted preparation but seems to have overcome her latest minor setback, Button plans to press the accelerator with Gypsy Toff with a feature Gold Coast race the immediate goal.
This he plans to attempt by qualifying Gypsy Toff automatically for the $165,000 QTIS 3YO Jewel (1200m) to be run at Aquis Park, Gold Coast on Saturday, March 16.
“There is a QTIS Jewel 3YO Qualifier over 1100 metres here at Callaghan Park on February 7. Should she win that she gains automatic entry in to the big race at the Gold Coast,” Button said.
He said Gypsy Toff had matured during her spell prior to her first-up win last week and had become stronger.
A half- sister to Gypsy Toff by Sidereus will be offered on account of Oaklands Stud for sale at this year’s Rocky CYS.
It was a good result all round for graduates from the CYS at Callaghan Park last week with the Fred Smith trained Tycoon Flyer winning the QTIS 2YO Handicap for his connections.
Tycoon Flyer (b g 2 Tycoon Ruler-Princess Cinders x Outback Prince) was having only his second race outing and has now earned over $18.000 for Smith, Merv Ison and the Livinadream Syndicate.
A full brother to Last Chance who incidentally finished second to Gypsy Toff later last Friday, Tycoon Flyer cost $14,000 at last year’s Rocky Sale.
Yet another yearling from the same sale in the Ben Currie, Toowoomba trainer Jelviss (b c Hvasstan-Big Jet Plane X Jet Spur) won the QTIS 2YO race at Beaudesert on January 28.
Offered on behalf of regular CYS vendors Tullyard, Boodua, the colt earned $22,500 for his debut win at Beaudesert after having failed to fetch his $25,000 reserve at the CYS.
This year’s CYS will be held at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 14.