By Glenn Davis
Toowoomba trainer John Zielke experienced a roller coaster ride of emotions following the return to form of Bold Kingston and the defeat of Make My Own Luck at Doomben on Saturday.
Bold Kingston, having his first start since New Year’s Eve, claimed the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap for colts and geldings while Make My Own Luck had no luck in her unplaced run behind Marseille En Fleur in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap for fillies.
Bold Kingston was ridden by apprentice Tiffany Brooker while Luke Dittman was aboard Make Your Own Luck.
Zielke, last season’s leading trainer of two-year-olds, has an embarrassment of riches headed for the major juvenile sprints during the Brisbane winter carnival.
“I’ve got quite a few two-year-old’s eligible for the winter including Ruby Red Heart and these two,” Zielke said.
“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride today with Bold Kingston winning then Make My Own Luck a certainty beaten.
“When Luke (Dittman) got off Make My Own Luck he said she was full of running when she was stopped in her tracks and would have won.”
Make My Own Luck gave her supporters plenty of concern when she tailed the field until the home turn before unleashing a late sprint between runners when she suffered bad interference over the concluding stages.
Zielke heaped praised on Brooker’s winning tactics on Bold Kingston.
“It was a 10 out of 10 ride and her tactics won the race,” Zielke said.
“They didn’t run along fast in the early stages but she bided her time and was very patient.”
Zielke rated Bold Kingston one of his best stable runners early in his career but the youngster didn’t quite live up to his promise.
“I’m still not sure if he’s gone to the next level yet but he’ll head towards the Sires’ Produce and we’ll then assess him,” Zielke said.
“I’ve got no doubt he’ll run 1600 metres but whether he can do it in top company remains to be seen.”
Make My Own Luck and stablemate Ruby Red Heart are being aimed for the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm on May 27 and the Group 1 J J Atkins (1600m) a fortnight later on the same track.
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