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Dead weight more of a worry for McMahon

By Glenn Davis

They say weight can stop a train and according to trainer Tony McMahon so can dead weight.

McMahon has resisted the temptation of claiming on star central Queensland filly Paradis Imperial when she runs in the Catwalk Pink QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1200m) at O’Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on Thursday.

Paradis Imperial is back in her hometown after carrying 58.5kgs when fifth to Whypeeo in a 1100-metrre Three-Year-Old race at the Gold Coast on August 26.

However, the daughter of Instinction rises sharply to 62kgs against her weaker local opposition but McMahon isn’t concerned with the weight burden.

“I’m a great believer in putting on a heavyweight rider like Adrian Coome when horses get a lot of weight,” McMahon said.

“I don’t like seeing horses carrying dead weight.”

Paradis Imperial received  59kgs for a 1200-metre QTIS race for three-year-old fillies at Ipswich on Saturday but McMahon chose to stay at home.

“Her last run at the Gold Coast was enormous considering what she went through to get there,” he said.

“We had a lot of problems with the float and she didn’t arrive until 6pm the night before the race.

“She played up and knocked me over when we were loading her at night.”

McMahon admits Paradise Imperial, who is the reigning Queensland QTIS Horse Of The Year, is becoming very hard to place.

“She loves being in work but she’s so hard to place now,” he said.

“Eventually she might head to Melbourne next year for some three-year-old fillies races.”

McMahon has given the grey filly a jumpout since returning from her Gold Coast assignment.

“She won a 900-metre jumpout up here and broke 54 seconds,” he said.

“I’ve been around racing a long time and it’s a rarity to see a horse run that sort of time here”

McMahon expects Paradis Imperial will be hard to beat again as she closes in on win number eight from 14 starts.

“I haven’t had a good look at the fields but Stylish Criminal and Stella’s Dream look the dangers,” he said.

Stylish Criminal won two consecutive races in Rockhampton before finishing fifth to Brisbane sprinter Wonder Boom in an 1100-metre Three-Year-Old race on August 31.

Stella’s Dream is trained in Toowoomba by Tom Dougall and is coming off a second-up win at Dalby on September 9.

Racing Queensland webnews   September 20

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