Sydney filly Miss Hooligan stamped herself as a Redcliffe Oaks contender following her impressive Queensland debut yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park.
Prepared by Menangle based Rickie Alchin, the Bettors Delight filly started in the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Pace and took control of the 2138m event early and never gave her rivals a chance.
Miss Hooligan raced clear coming off the back straight and scored a commanding victory defeating Vintage Dream and Paternity Suit in a time of 1:58.4.
The final half was covered in 57.4 seconds.
The $20,450 Redcliffe Oaks is scheduled for Friday week (June 8) and that will be the filly’s next start.
“That’s the plan, we’ll look at all of the Oaks features coming up throughout the carnival and we’ll start with Redcliffe next week. It was good effort and she felt strong all the way so hopefully there’s a little more improvement still to come.” Alchin said.
Miss Hooligan is raced by John Hurley.
Currently based at Redcliffe, Alchin is hoping to pick-up this week’s feature, the Gr.1 $100,450 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sale Series No.10 Final with Regulus.
But the regally bred rookie drew shockingly, the outside of the second line (gate 11) in the 1780m feature.
In the heats last week, Regulus scored by the biggest margin (46.5m) and rated the quickest time of the three heats staged (2:00.4).
“I was thrilled with him last week in the heat but I knew he would be better, his effort in the Breeders Classic was on me and this series has been the main focus. He raced really well and proved he has the class to win it.
“But the draw is not ideal but I think he’s good enough to overcome it. I would have much preferred to have drawn to be in front of Minted Montana though.”
Regulus, a gelding by Christian Cullen has won two of his six starts to date for his owner/breeder Alf La Spina.
The Donny Smith trained Minted Montana has drawn gate five.
Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | May 30 | Photo by Dan Costello