While his name may be something of a joke, stunning grey Lota Creek Gold’s serious win at Rockhampton’s St Patrick’s Day races last Saturday was indeed no laughing matter.
However, it must be said that his winning connections including Rockhampton’s Joe Ireland and Richard Featherstone as well as Mt Morgan’s Mike Rowe were indeed chuffed.
“We were all over the top by the win. He is a very smart horse”, Ireland said last night.
Ridden by Dale Evans and trained by Rockhampton’s Kevin Hansen, Lota Creek Gold (gr g 3 Instinction-Remembering (NZ) x Don Eduardo (NZ) finished fast to win the S26,000 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m).
It was Lota Creek Gold’s third win from just six starts but more impressively the striking individual was having his first start since a forgetful sixth at Doomben on December 20.
‘’His jockey that day Jimmy Orman apologised to us a few times after the race as he got trapped three wide in the race and the rail was right out that day. He told us to totally disregard the run”, Ireland said.
With that in mind the group of owners that include a syndicate from Wynnum Manly in Brisbane were very confident of success in last Saturday’s race.
Back to that name.
“The boys from Wynnum are keen fishermen and they reckon they are always catching crabs in their local creek which is called Lota Creek. The truth is there are no crabs in Lota Creek. Anyhow for a joke we called him Lota Creek Gold”, Ireland explained.
It may turn out that Lota Creek Gold is a little goldmine as his three wins from six starts have been in QTIS company thereby ensuring he claimed prize money bonuses so much so that he has earned around $50K.
Significantly his three wins have been over 1200 metres which augurs well for his next start which will be in the $62,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales Championships QTIS 3YO Handicap (1300m) at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 7.
Ireland said Lota Creek Gold was originally purchased as a weanling at the Gold Coast and came out of the 2016 CYS where he fetched $10,000.
The rise in distance to 1300 metres in the 3YO Championships at his next start should not bother Lota Creek Gold in the slightest.
He is a grandson of the brilliant staying three-year-old of his year, the 2002 AJC GR 1 Derby (2400m) winner in Don Eduardo.
On his third remove in his pedigree, Lota Creek Gold is infused with the same blood as the champion New Zealand stayer in Nom Du Jeu.
Like a good red wine Lota Creek Gold should get better with age and handle a middle distance when fully matured.
Ireland was full of praise for Lota Creek Gold’s trainer Kevin Hansen.
“Kevin has done a great job with the horse as he is a very patient trainer and that pays off”, he said.
Dale Evans will retain the ride on Lota Creek Gold in the rich three-years-old race on April 7.
That event is the co-feature to the $118,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) which highlights a magnificent days racing.
The rich six race April 7 card is preceded by a seven event TAB race program at Callaghan ark racecourse on the Friday.
It is all part of a huge weekend for the local racing industry as the 2018 Capricornia Yearling Sales will be conducted at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 8.
Among the 113 yearlings on offer are three by Lota Creek Gold’s sire Instinction.
Clear Summer Lodge, Beaudesert will sell Lot 78 and Lot 105 while Morinish breeders the Hall’s will offer Lot 93 a filly from a Stravinsky mare.
A win by Lota Creek Gold in his race on the eve of the CYS would see the value of that trio of yearlings rightly enhanced as the Instinction breed have been surprisingly getting under the radar of far too many buyers.