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Winter’s getting warmer by the week, with the 2019 TAB Queensland Winter Racing Carnival welcoming some stars to town on G2 Victory Stakes Day at Eagle Farm.
Can two-time The Everest conquerer, Redzel, secure another feature victory in the Sunshine State? Or will the locals keep the cash north of the border?
Follow all the action below, including replays, comments from the winning connections and photos!
Race 1: Raelene Boyle Outreach Program Benchmark 75 Handicap - 2200 Metres
1st - Sir Barnabus - Jason Edwards - Michael Cahill
2nd - Meteorologist - Marcus Wilson - James Orman
3rd - Urban Ruler - Chris Munce - Matthew McGillivray
Michael Cahill surged to the lead on Sir Barnabus at the 800 in what was a race winning move in the 2200 metre staying event, holding off Meteorologist and Urban Ruler for Jason Edwards in the first.
Edwards lauded the ride from Cahill, saying the gelding was an out and out stayer and the ride had given him every chance to wear them down.
"He's a down to the ground stayer, the plan was to make it into a real grind and he stuck on the best," Edwards said.
"I'm not sure how far he can go this Winter, but he loves his racing and if we can get a run I'll put him in The Gold Coast Cup (2400m) next week."
Cahill said he made the move when rac favourite Coral Coast pushed him three wide and tipped the four-year-old gelding to come into his own over the next 12 months."
"When I got flushed out I had a decision to make and knowing his staying ability chose to take him forward," Cahill said.
"I think he can definitely get further, he's relatively young for a stayer and we should see the best of him in about a year."
RAELENE BOYLE OUTREACH PROGRAM BenchMark 75 Handicap 2200m
Race 2: Hoppy's Handwash Cafe Open Handicap - 1835m
1st - Le Juge - Chris Waller - Blake Shinn
2nd - Master Zephyr - Tony Haydon - Luke Tarrant
3rd - Veladero - Chris Waller - Jeff Lloyd
Le Juge has continued his assault on Queensland racing, the Waller trained gelding winning his seventh race in Queensland having no problem stepping up to the 1835 metres in the Open Handicap.
Waller Assistant Trainer Paul Shailer said the horse had really learned the trade over the last six months and was starting to show signs of real class.
"When he first came up he was pretty aggressive, but over time he's become a true gentlemen," Shailer said.
"He's winning with authority lately, he pricked his ears before the line today, he's in career best form."
Blake Shinn picked up the ride with regular hoop Robbie Fradd suspended, the New South Wales visitor giving plenty of credit to his incumbent.
"He was a little bit on the chew at the 1000, but full credit to Robbie Fradd who's done a great job getting this horse to relax and I was able to reap the rewards today," Shinn said.
HOPPY'S HANDWASH CAFÉ OPEN Handicap 1835m
Race 3 - Children's Hospital Foundation Class 6 Plate 1600 Metres
1st - Insensata - Jason Coyle - Ron Stewart
2nd - Shogun Sun - Kelly Schweida - Mark Du Plessis
3rd - The Avenger - Ryan Maloney - Chris Waller
Insentata's form didn't read too favourably for the Class 6 Plate over 1600 metres, but trainer Jason Coyle said the mare had plenty of excuses her last few runs and looked like she was getting back to her best.
The five-year-old was in stakes class last prep and Coyle said with the class drop and the Eagle Farm surface she could again reach those heights.
"Her race two starts ago at Rosehill took a lot out of her on the heavy and she's probably taken a little while to recover."
"She was back to her Stakes form today, I'll keep her up here for the carnival and try to get a nice race for her."
Jockey Ron Stewart didn't go around a horse in the run, hugging the rail to get the better of favourite Shogun Sun late.
"We got shuffled back at the start, but she settled really comfortably I knew I had some horse under me," Stewart said.
"Fortunately the run opened up on the inside and once I asked her to go she put in a really good sustained sprint, she was doing her best work late."
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Class 6 Plate 1600m
Race 4: Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Three-Year-Old Handicap 1300 Metres
1st - Crafty Spirit - Danny Bougoure - Matthew McGillivray
2nd - Dreamreacher - Gillian Heinrich - Ryan Maloney
3rd - Chikorita - Darleen Duryea - Luke Tarrant
Crafty Spirit romped home by three lengths on a heavy track at a mid-week metro at Doomben and despite that form faced a big class jump to three-year-old open company, but the gelding proved it was no fluke making it two on end for Danny Bougoure.
Bougoure said he wasn't worried about the firmer surface and was rapt to see the horse get away well and put himself in the race.
"The good track was no concern to me the pace of the race was more my worry, but he stepped better and raced closer and was strong through the line," he said.
"He's always shown us really good ability, he's just big and raw, but it looks like it's starting to click."
"I'll nominate him for The Derby at his best he's up to it."
Hoop Matthew McGillivray said the horse took a while to settle, but his trackwork of Tuesday transferred to the track.
"He quickened so well, his work on Tuesday didn't fool us," McGillivray said.
SPORTING CHANCE CANCER FOUNDATION 3YO Quality 1300m
Race 5: TAB Dalrello Stakes 1000m
1st - Jagged Edge - Stuart Kendrick - James Orman
2nd - Deep Sea - Mark Newnham - Blake Shinn
3rd - Oh Five Glory - Peter and Will Hulbert - Taylor Marshall
Jagged Edge got the nod in a three-way photo ahead of Sydney visitor Deep Sea and the Hulbert-trained Oh Five Glory to claim the TAB Dalrello Stakes.
At only his second start the Stuart Kendrick-trained gelding managed to notch his first black-type win in the 1000m feature.
"It was terrific (Jimmy) rode him a treat," Kendrick said.
"He's a promising horse. We'll take stock now and see how he pulls up. I'll chat to the owners before making any decisions going forward but it was good to get that stakes win for him."
The win brought up yet another stakes win for boom first-season sire Better Than Ready.
"I bought five of them at the sales at March so I'm glad I did," Kendrick laughed.
"I'll sell a few shares now, hopefully."
TAB DALRELLO STAKES 1000m
Race 6: McCarthy Homes BM75 Handicap 1400m (1)
1st - Angel Dane - Steve Tregea - Larry Cassidy
2nd - Cruze - Barry Lockwood - Brad Stewart
3rd - Splitter - Tony Gollan - Baylee Nothdurft
Angel Dane landed some big bets to win the first division of the Benchmark 75 Handicap with Larry Cassidy in the saddle.
Some smart judges had tipped the Steve Tregea-trained mare to get the job done after a desperately luckless fourth at Toowoomba on Weetwood day.
Angel Dane and the heavily supported Cruze fought out the finish, with the former getting the nose down at the right time.
"She deserved that she probably should've won at Toowoomba," Tregea said.
Tregea said plenty of work had gone into improving Angel Dane's barrier manners.
The trainer believes the Zizou mare could get out to a longer trip going forward.
"Her mother won up to 10 furlongs (2000m) so it's possible," he said.
MCCARTHY HOMES BenchMark 75 Handicap 1400m
Race 7: Energy Air BM75 Handicap 1400m
Race 8: Fujitsu General Gunsynd Classic G3 1600m
Race 9: TAB Victory Stakes G2 1200m
Race 10: Metricon Class 6 Plate 1200m