By Glenn Davis
Townsville Cup winning trainer Michael Geaney is hoping Goldie Girl can cause an upset in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap at Mackay on Thursday.
Geaney rates the clash between Goldie Girl and likely favourite Gypsy Toff as a David versus Goliath battle but is confident his underdog can win.
Goldie Girl only joined Geaney’s stable after he won the Townsville Cup with Lady Skills in July.
Two of her owners, Graham and Shelly Lynham are family friends of Geaney who has been training for around six years.
The 30-year-old got to know the Lynham’s through their association with harness racing where Geaney started his career.
“I got her on the back of my Townsville Cup win with Lady Skills,” Geaney said.
“She was struggling a little when she was trained at Caloundra and was just off them down there.
“Two of her owners are family friends and used to be in harness racing when they sent her up to me.
“They are in real estate and look after an investment property I own.”
Goldie Girl was previously trained by Stu Kendrick at the Sunshine Coast and made a perfect start to her career with Geaney winning her maiden at Cluden Park in Townsville in August.
The daughter of Golden Archer subsequently ran fifth at Cairns in September before a last start second against her own age at Townsville on October 4.
“She really dominated when she won her maiden at her first start for me,” Geaney said.
“I packed up and was full of confidence when I took her up to Cairns but she didn’t handle the atmosphere at the Cairns amateur carnival.
“She then came back and ran a strong second to a very good horse, Otherside.”
Geaney has four horses in work and mixes training with his profession as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.
“If I take horses in to Cluden Park to work I start at 3.00am and after finishing work I go back to the stables and don’t get home until after 7pm,” he said.
“I think Goldie Girl will be very competitive and the dangers look to be Gypsy Toff and Dalon.
“It’s a bit of David and Goliath battle against Gypsy Toff who has won three of her six starts but I’m very confident my filly can do it.”
Racing Queensland webnews October 17