Highly promising Brisbane filly Tiger Love has become the first high profile casualty from the line-up
of Saturday week’s $125,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) and will not be running.
The Better Than Ready filly burst into calculations for the Classic when a brilliant first-up winner at
the Gold Coast recently and was immediately set for the feature race.
Brisbane trainer Chris Munce and managing owner Robbie Zuttion have a very high opinion of Tiger
Love, the highest priced yearling from last year’s Rockhampton CYS.
Zuttion explained last night that while disappointed he believed that Tiger Love would
make a full recover from the knee injury which has come against her.
“She walked out of her box (stable) this morning and there was something wrong with
the off-side knee. We had it X-Rayed and a chip was discovered and she was sent to the University
(Gatton) to undergo surgery.
It is unfortunate as I have won my share of GROUP races and I really believe that this filly (Tiger
Love) is something very special”, Zuttion said.
However, all is not lost in relation to the Classic for Zuttion and he will still be represented by
Hezhome who he leased out to connections of Roma trainer Craig Smith.
Also sired by Better Than Ready as is Tiger Love, the gelding Hezhome has won his past two
Callaghan Park starts at Rockhampton in stylish fashion and looks a genuine Classic winning
“I am told he (Hezhome) is going very well so I am looking forward to coming up and seeing him race
as well as buying at the sales”, Zuttion said.
Three of the progeny of Better Than Ready will be sold at the 2019 CYS at the Rockhampton
Showgrounds on Sunday week.
Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan holds one of the keys to the CYS Classic with his Husson -Mel’s
Pocket x Redoute’s Choice youngster Pull Anchor.
Raced in partnership by a group of friends with Central Queensland interests, Pull Anchor, twice
placed in Brisbane is partly raced by the unofficial “Mayor of Blackwater” in Tommy Whitehouse.
Whitehouse and some of the group were previously associated with the multiple Brisbane winner
Pull Anchor’s Brisbane placing’s behind Hit Snooze have been over 1200 and 1400 metres so the
1200 metres distance of the Classic at which most runners will be untried will be in his favour. At last year’s CYS in Rockhampton, Pull Anchor was part of the supplementary catalogue and when
bidding halted at $10K he was passed in on a $15,000 reserve.
He was subsequently re-offered at the Magic Millions Winter Yearling Sale and was purchased for
In other racing news top local three-years-old filly Cyclone Topgirl was immediately scratched from
her Toowoomba assignment tomorrow after drawing barrier 20.
However, another leading Rockhampton owned “lady” in Gypsy Toff will start in that $110,000 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m) in Toowoomba’s gala meeting which features the Cup and time-honoured Weetwood Handicap.
Rockhampton trainer Adrian Coome had no luck at Ipswich races yesterday when widely travelled Strategic Maneuver gelding Koby’s Strategy ($6.50) finished near last in a $33K QTIS 3YO Maiden (1000m).
Racing heads to Mackay for a strong TAB race meeting today and of course returns to Callaghan Park, Rockhampton today week and tomorrow week.
On Easter Saturday, April 20 the Gladstone Turf Club have a bumper race meeting planned highlighted by the $10K Battle of the Bush Open Sprint Plate (1194m).
The following Saturday, April 27 sees the running of the G. J. Gardner Homes $10K Yeppoon Cup (1400m) at the Keppel Park race meeting.
That meeting will wear a tinge of sadness following the passing of the Capricorn Coast’s Christine Simpson with her funeral being held today.
Christine and her husband Trevor were the instigators of the sponsorship of the Cup through their local building business G.J. Gardner Homes and the couple were prominent racehorse owners and wonderful patrons and supporters of racing at Yeppoon.