By Glenn Davis
Trainer Tony Gollan continued his successful association with the Huddy family when Most Important returned to form in spectacular fashion in the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup on Saturday.
Most Important finished fourth to boom sprinter Care To Think in the Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast two weeks ago but was back to his best with a dominant performance in the 1400-metre feature.
Ridden by Jim Byrne, Most Important burst from the pack over the final stages to down Bidii Babe by 3-3/4 lengths with Weinholt, a short half head away, third.
Gollan was in New Zealand for the Karaka sales but was confident Most Important was close to another win before his departure.
Most Important is owned by Linda Huddy and won the Summer Crown series in 2016.
The five-year-old son of I Am Invincible won the past two Listed Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben during the summer carnivals and earned a trip to Melbourne for the Listed Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield in August last year.
However, he failed badly in the south and the flop still remains a mystery to Gollan.
Linda and Graham Huddy are big fans of Most Important’s sire I Am Invincible.
“He (Most Important) has been very good to us and he’s a real trier,” she said.
“We were worried about his barrier today but it was a great ride.”
Most Important’s win gave Byrne the second leg of a double following his success on Bold Assassin in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1600m).
Meanwhile trainer Desleigh Forster may look at the winter carnival with Malvern Estate following the gelding’s explosive win in the BMW 5 Series Class Six Plate (1000m).
Jockey Michael Cahill allowed Malvern Estate to travel three deep before storming home to down Colinelle by three-quarters of a length with a similar margin to third placegetter, Aimallac Millie.
Malvern Estate has now won five of his eight starts and is unbeaten in three runs this campaign.
“I said to Michael (Cahill) not to be afraid to sit three or four deep but not to drag him back,” Forster said.
“I’ll talk to his owners and see what we can aim him for in the winter but it may be aiming too high.”
Forster said Malvern Estate, a son of Redoute’s Choice, was lucky to be racing after suffering from some issues early in his career.
Trainer Liam Birchley’s concerns with a bad draw were dispelled when fleet-footed Sister Act led all the way to win the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1000m).
Sister Act maintained her unblemished record from two starts this campaign when she downed Umberto by 2-1/2 lengths.
Birchley also was in New Zealand for the Karaka sales and left stable foreman Allan Russell in charge at the Sunshine Coast.
“I was surprised to see her cross them so easily from her wide gate but we expected her to run well,” Russell said.
“Liam was a bit worried about the draw but she’s got a good record here and she looks to have a bright future.”
Racing Queensland webnews January 27