By Glenn Davis
Promising youngster Pinch Memory showed he had a bright future following a gutsy debut win in the Sky Thoroughbred Central QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
Ridden by Ron Stewart, Pinch Memory scored by a half length over Accomplish with third placegetter Spirit Of Cherokee, a further 2-3/4 lengths away.
Pinch Memory is part-owned by Angie Duncan who has been a long-time client of trainer Robbie Heathcote.
The son of Denman was bought for $57,500 at the Magic Millions sales but Heathcote ran out of time trying to get the gelding ready for last month’s $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast.
“It’s a sign of a good horse to win their first start and I think he’s got a good future,” Heathcote said.
“I think he’s got that bit of X-factor about him.
“He didn’t win by much but he got the job done which augurs well for the future.”
Heathcote will give Pinch Memory another run over 1110 metres at Doomben in a fortnight before deciding whether to press on to the Brisbane winter carnival.
“He’ll run in two weeks and if he goes well he’ll have an ease up and we’ll look at the winter with him,” Heathcote said.
Stewart was impressed by Pinch Memory’s fighting qualities on the rain-affected track.
“I was a bit worried where I was going to end up from the draw but I got a perfect run,” Stewart said.
“I don’t think he handled the ground that well and he did a lot wrong but he’ll keep improving.”
Meanwhile Gold Coast galloper Perilous Love ended a near 12-month drought with a decisive win in the Girls Day Out Raceday Benchmark 80 Handicap (2000m).
Perilous Love relished the soft footing and went on to down Idle Situation by a half neck.
Perilous Love’s win was her first since scoring at Doomben in March last year.
Trainer Scott Morrisey has always a good opinion of Perilous Love and had Group 1 ATC Oaks plans on the agenda for her as a three-year-old.
Instead she campaigned in Brisbane last winter but wasn’t season enough when she failed in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Doomben.
Perilous Love was having her seventh start this campaign and was coming off a last start eighth to Tumultuous in the Magic Millions Trophy at the Gold Coast last month.
“It was a good win and obviously we want her around for the winter but I’ll just see what happens with the weather,” Morrisey said.
“At this stage she’ll aim for some of the lesser Black-Type races but if she’s flying at the time we might aim for something bigger.”
Racing Queensland webnews February 3