By Glenn Davis
Progressive youngster Bring It Home Pop will continue to race in Queensland for the time being but a trip interstate hasn’t been ruled out.
Bring It Home Pop, ridden by Jim Byrne, led all the way to down Shogun Son by 1-1/4 lengths in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200m).
Saxton Rock finished third, a further 1-3/4 lengths away.
The win continued a big month for Caloundra trainer Darry Hansen who won the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich and Listed Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunshine Coast with Monsieur Gustave.
Bring It Home Pop, a $50,000 buy at last year’s Magic Million March sales, scored an equally impressive win at his previous start at the Sunshine Coast on July 1.
He has now earned more than $235,000 in prizemoney with three wins and two placings from eight starts.
“It was an enormous win and Jimmy (Byrne) was very impressed,” Hansen said.
“Jim has no doubt he’s ready to step up to 1400 metres and he may even get out to a mile.
“He’s a lovely horse and Jim says he relaxes so well he’ll have no trouble over 1400 metres.”
Hansen keeps between 15-22 horses in work and will confer with the colt’s connections before deciding his next target.
“He’s going to make a very nice three-year-old but whether he goes south for the spring will be up to his owners,” he said.
“At this stage, it’s just race by race.”
Former top apprentice Bridget Grylls continued her good association with the powerful John Meagher stable when Monteux proved too strong in the Become A Pool Pro Stockist Class Six Handicap (1600m).
Grylls was one of the State’s leading apprentices last season and claimed her first treble as a senior rider at the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.
Monteux sat off the pace throughout before going on to down Moonlight Dancer by one length with Gouldian, a further half length away third.
Meagher was singing Grylls’s praise after the former Kiwi rider gave a faultless display on Monteux.
“She rode him perfectly. She’s a very good rider who can ride a lightweight,” Meagher said.
Former Victorian Monteux was having only his third Queensland start and was the first winner Meagher has trained for NSW-based Waratah Thoroughbreds.
The rising six-year-old has now won four of his 18 starts and earned almost $165,000 in prizemoney.
Racing Queensland webnews July 15