By Glenn Davis
Trainer David Vandyke is toying with a Group 1 Caulfield Guineas start for Let’s Party Marty following the colt’s impressive debut win at Doomben on Saturday.
Let’s Party Marty led all the way for a convincing 1-1/2 length win over Snitz in the VCV Brisbane QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1200m).
I Am Impinge flashed home for third, a further short half head away.
“He’s a beautiful colt who has shown us a lot,” Vandyke said.
“I threw him in the deep end to see how he’d go as I’ve always thought he’d make a Group horse.
“He’s now shown that potential and he’s nominated for the Caulfield Guineas.
“If he pulls up well he might go down for it.”
Let’s Party Marty was bred by immigration lawyer Sarah Harris.
“This is Sarah’s first venture into racing,” Vandyke said.
“‘She’s never owned or raced a horse before and she bred him.
“I had the same thing with Yankee Rose who had some first-time owners in her so we could have the same sort of luck again with this bloke.”
Jockey Damian Browne’s crash diet paid dividends when under-rated Oink won the Pillow Talk Class Six Plate (1200m).
Browne, best known for his Group 1 association with former star sprinter Buffering, had to waste hard to get down to ride Oink at 54.5 kilograms.
He spent the past 10 days on a diet of fish, chicken and salad and kept rehydrating drinking water after gym work every day.
Browne normally rides around the 56kg mark and he couldn’t recall the last time he got down to only a half kilo above the minimum.
Oink is raced by friends and family of the late Tim Bell, a close friend of Browne.
Oink raced midfield in the early stages before hauling in early leader Dee Nine Elle to score by 1-1/2 lengths with a further two lengths to third placegetter, One Inch Punch.
Oink gave trainer Kelly Schweida a winning double after Stella Ombra was successful earlier in the Chris Munce Racing Handicap (1050m).
Oink’s win was the four-year-old’s fourth from 18 starts and boosted his prizemoney haul to more than $228,000.
“I’ve always had a good opinion of him and took him to Sydney for the Golden Rose last year,” Schweida said.
Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears also landed a double with Bonsho in the Caltex Bellbowrie Handicap (1050m) and Tycoon Ace in the Eureka Cambooya Stud Handicap (1200m).
Racing Queensland webnews August 12