By Glenn Davis
It was a family affair for trainer Angel Plumb and her brother, jockey Ryan Plumb, when Sugar Sizzle was successful at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Sugar Sizzle, a last start winner at Gatton, powered home to down Red Doulton by a neck in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1400m).
Ryan Plumb has ridden several winners for Angela but Sugar Sizzle was their first metropolitan Saturday victory together which put them into Queensland’s history books.
The Plumb name is well known in Queensland racing as their grandfather Lyle was a jockey and trainer as was their father, Lyle junior.
Their uncle Myles also was a former champion apprentice in Queensland and rode five winners in a day at Randwick before becoming a trainer overseas.
Angela Plumb is following the family tradition as a successful trainer and is rapidly making a name for herself training at the Gold Coast while Ryan won last season’s Gold Coast jockeys’ premiership.
It’s believed the Plumbs are the first Queensland-based brother-sister to combine for a metropolitan win in Queensland.
Angela Plumb has only one horse in work and acquired Sugar Sizzle through a friendship she developed while studying at university in China.
“I got this filly through connections I developed in China where I attended university to study the Mandarin language and an international business degree,” Plumb said.
“She’s the only horse I have in work at the moment but I’ve got two other untried horses and I recently spelled two others.
“I’ll probably step her up to 1600 metres for next run at the Sunshine Coast in two weeks which is another metropolitan meeting.”
Plumb started training in Victoria three years ago before moving back to be with family at the Gold Coast 18 months ago.
“That’s my first Saturday city win and it’s a thrill to do it with Ryan,” she said.
Meanwhile Toowoomba stayer Fighting Teo lived up to his name to claim the Benchmark 75 Handicap (2200m).
Fighting Teo and runner-up Meteorologist are two of the biggest horses in training in south-east Queensland but it was the Kevin Kemp-trained gelding who prevailed by one length.
Both horses raced three and four wide on the tight turning Gold Coast track before duelling down the straight.
Kemp sent Fighting Teo to Sydney for a Benchmark race at Rosehill last month and the four-year-old almost caused a boilover when runner-up to the Chris Waller-trained Huangshan.
“I thought he had had a tough run and wasn’t going to get there,” Kemp said.
“But it suited him to be wide as he’s a very big horse.”
Racing Queensland webnews August 18