Music Magnate proved too strong for his rivals in the Doomben 10,000 to give his trainer Bjorn Baker his first G1; Baker has been taking racing by storm in recent months and the son of legendary New Zealand trainer Murray Baker will quicky add to his G1 tally. A suicidal pace was set by Two Blue (Paul King), Fell Swoop (Zac Purton) and Hooked (Jim Byrne) and this trio were at least six lengths clear of the rest of the field after about 200m; Fell Swoop took over early in the straight but he was running on empty. Music Magnate with Kerrin McEvoy on-board descended down the outside to race to the front and he easily held Azkadellia at-bay over the concluding stages. Music Magnate was beaten by the very promising Clearly Innocent at Scone at his previous start and he improved significantly to win the WFA contest over 1350m. Music Magnate is building a great record and he can be followed into the future as he continues to improve. Azkadellia was beaten on her merits but it was still a good performance and she is a major contender for the G1 Stradbroke Handicap.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Attention proved a bit too good for his rivals in the G2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes for 2-Y-O over 1350m; given a typically great ride from Blake Shinn Attention was always travelling well outside the leader Dreams Aplenty. Attention quickly went-up to Dreams Aplenty early in the straight but Attention had to pull-out all stops to get the better of Dreams Aplenty which finished a gallant second while Nikitas and Candika were close-up in third and fourth place. The Sires was thrown wide-open when the $1.90 favourite Souchez missed the start and then James McDonald elected to make a wide move well before the turn so Souchez' fifth placing was much better than it looks on-paper. However missing the start can become a habit and Souchez is likely to go around as favourite again at his next start in the J.J. Atkins. There were a number of good runs in the Sires but Attention won it fair and square and he will be a serious contender for the Atkins.
3-Y-O filly Ghisoni was a very impressive winner of the G3 Glenlogan Park Stakes over 1350m; Ghisoni will by-pass the G1 Stradbroke and head to the much easier Dane Ripper Stakes on the same day. Real Love continued her great form for Darren Weir proving too strong again in the G3 Premier's Cup over 2200m; Real Love's next start will be in the G2 Brisbane Cup and in her current form she will be very competitive. Mighty Lucky is a very honest and talented galloper and he deserved his victory in the G3 Lord Mayor's Cup over 1615m; Mighty Lucky is sure to be competitive in any races his trainer Fred Cowell chooses for him in the near future. Pajaro is racing very well again and there is another win for him just around the corner.
Mackintosh made it three in a row in winning the G3 Grand Prix Stakes for 3-Y-O over 2200m; Mackintosh was not as dynamic as he was winning the Rough Habit at his previous start but it was still a strong performance. Chris Waller now has to decide whether to take Mackintosh to the G1 Queensland Derby over 2400m or the G2 Queensland Guineas over 1600m on the same day. Eagle Way and Howard Be Thy Name put in outstanding Queensland Derby trials.
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|1||Upstart Pride||-||Skylight Glow||-|
|2||Kamacite||Ridgway||-||Moss 'n' Dale|
Divine Mr Artie
|Elle Lou||Brinkley Bliss|
Howard Be Thy Name
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