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LIVE COVERAGE: Eagle Farm 8 February 2020

The Brisbane Racing Club hosts Queensland metropolitan racing at Eagle Farm today. 

Follow our live blog for all the comments from jockeys and trainers, photos and race replays from all nine races on the card. 

Eagle Farm

TAB QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap 1200m

Race 1 - 12:38PM TAB QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)

1st – Hancora Field – Les Ross – Matthew McGillivray

2nd – Jellishot – Robert Heathcote – Adin Thompson

3rd – Bellissimi Amici – Robert Heathcote – Robbie Fradd


Trainer – Les Ross

“She’s a good filly she missed out at the Gold Coast to the stablemate who we thought was just going around for a barrier trial, but she’s turned the tables today.”

“The tempo was really against Mishani Machine who gets back and runs on and I said to Matty (McGillivray) the winner would be hard to run down because she outsprints the other filly at home.”

“We thought she’d be third or fourth, but when no one took it up it certainly increased our chances.”

“It took me a long time to win a race here but when it rains it pours, so I’m enjoying it now.”

Jockey – Matthew McGillivray

“We were able to dictate the tempo and give ourselves every chance, and gee I was surprised what we got away with up front I was very surprised no one put the pressure on us.”

“She changed legs at the right time when she balanced, and I thought she’d be very hard to run down and that was the case.”

“She’s got a nice juicy neck on her and Les told me she had a nice 400 metre sprint on her, having that in mind leading was ideal.”

“The track is softish enough, but I think it will play quite even throughout the day.”

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CASCADE BENCHMARK 75 Handicap 2225m

Race 2 - 1:13PM CASCADE BENCHMARK 75 Handicap (2225 METRES)

1st – Kuttamurra Al – Lindsay Hatch – Baylee Nothdurft

2nd – In Your Element – Kevin Kemp – Madeleine Wishart

3rd – The Investigator – Paul Duncan – Matthew McGillivray


Trainer – Lindsay Hatch

“We freshened him up and set him for the Ballina Cup where he was pretty unlucky and Robbie Fradd told us to push on it was a good effort.”

“I talked to Baylee before the race and told him if they’re walking creep a little closer and it was a winning move to get outside the leader mid-race.”

“Baylee knows the horse very well, he rides him in work and has won a few races with him now and the horse needed his experience to get him over the line there.”

“We came to the races with Kevin Kemp, he’s a very gracious loser with such a tight margin.”

Jockey – Baylee Nothdurft

“They were going very slow and he was comfortable taking the sit, so I let him stride forward and sit outside the leader and he got into a comfortable rhythm after that.”

“It took him a while to get there, but it was a real tough staying effort to hit the front at the right time.”

“The tracks really good, the humidity not so good.”


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GRINDERS Class 3 Handicap 1840m

Race 3 - 1:48PM GRINDERS Class 3 Handicap (1840 METRES)

1st – Twilighter – Desleigh Forster – Mark Du Plessis

2nd – Ultimate Ring – Kelly Schweida – Ryan Maloney

3rd – Round of Applause – Ray Litton – Brad Pengelly


Trainer – Desleigh Forster

“We were quietly confident coming here three weeks ago and ran a good race and when we came up with a good gate again today, I thought we’d be hard to beat.”

“I said to Mark don’t be afraid to give her a little dig to get her interested, you can ride her back in the field, but we wanted to take luck out of it.”

“With the rail out ten metres today I think it’s going to pay to ride aggressively and that’s what Mark did.”

“I think she’ll go on to win bigger staying races up here, she showed her versatility today and if she can keep improving on that she could steal a good race.”

“She’s a lovely mare paraded beautifully great temperament, good things to come.”

Jockey – Mark Du Plessis

“I took the initiative from the start and got her into the box seat, and they were walking throughout the run I was always confident she could peel off.”

“She’s gone up two furlongs in distance and Desleigh thinks she’ll get further so I had no worries hitting the front at the top of the straight.”


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MOUNT FRANKLIN QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap 1600m

Race 4 - 2:23PM MOUNT FRANKLIN QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1600 METRES)

1st – Vanna Girl – Toby & Trent Edmonds – Matthew McGillivray

2nd – Violet – Michael Nolan – Baylee Nothdurft

3rd – Stuttering – Robert Heathcote – Ron Stewart


Trainer – Toby Edmonds

“I told Matty wherever he came we really wanted her to build momentum and not get held up, which was a tough task for gate one, but he rode for luck at the inside and she was very impressive.”

“She relaxes nicely and even up in the weights today she has a very nice turn of foot.”

“We were going to spell her after her win at the Sunshine Coast, but earlier in the week I saw her swanning around the paddock, so we put her in today.”

“The Oaks is her grand final, whether we give her one more now before tipping her out I’m not sure, but she’ll be back in the winter.”

Jockey – Matthew McGillivray

“Barrier one was a big help last start we were in the carpark and had to go back, but she had no problems being a little more handy today from the draw.”

“When the gap came, she was full of running she’s got some scope this filly.”

“I thought we were in a bit of a pocket but she was going that well we only needed a half gap and she was away.”

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JIM BEAM BENCHMARK 70 Handicap 1200m

Race 5 - 3:02PM JIM BEAM BENCHMARK 70 Handicap (1200 METRES)

1st – Boom Boy – Tony Gollan – Matthew McGillivray

2nd – Moscini – Dale Groves – Adin Thompson

3rd – Perfect Aim – Pat Duff – Luke Dittman


Stable Foreman – Craig Cavanough

“It’s great to see this horse win today the owners are crook at home and a I’m sure it made them feel a bit better seeing him get up.”

“Matty timed it to perfection, he said to me in the enclosure he was going to time his run till the last minute and he was good on his word.”

“The horse has a few tricks it speaks to the form Matty is in that he summed things up so well.”

Jockey – Matthew McGillivray

“I thought he would race well he’s a bit of a funny horse to ride and work out he doesn’t like being up there on the speed he’s better when there is a lot of tempo and it’s a little bit quieter.”

“He tends to stargaze when he hits the front so I knew I had to time my run, but he was flying and was probably doing his best work past the post.”


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Race 6 - 3:42PM CANADIAN CLUB OPEN Handicap (1600 METRES)

1st – New Universe – Chris Waller – Brad Stewart

2nd – Spectroscope – Natalie McCall – Stephanie Thornton

3rd – Silvera – Tony Gollan – Baylee Nothdurft


Stable Rep – Brett Killion

“He’s been in good form his first up run was very good, we scratched him midweek across the road for this and he’s come on really well.”

“The second horse looked to have him cold at the hundred, but once they levelled up he realised he had to get going again.”

“I don’t know that we’ll stretch him out over too much further the mile at a good tempo looks where he wants to be.”

Jockey – Brad Stewart

“The second horse came out of nowhere and got to me pretty quick, but he got his mind back on the job and lifted the last fifty.”

“I was always travelling well off the speed, I thought Cool Chap would be the horse to follow into the race and it worked out.”

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COCA COLA No Metro Wins Handicap 1400m

Race 7 - 4:22PM COCA COLA No Metro Wins Handicap (1400 METRES)

1st – Plitvice – Robert Heathcote – Robbie Fradd

2nd – Smart as Attack – Les Kelly – Adin Thompson

3rd – Flying Machine – Selina Leef – Jake Bayliss


Trainer – Robert Heathcote

“He was on an operating table as a young horse and the vet told us he was that close to not making it, so it’s a fantastic story he’s been able to get back to the track.”

“I took him up to Rockhampton where he won well, didn’t handle the travel back home too well, but has picked himself up and won at Caloundra and now has a Saturday metro win to boot.”

“I had him in on Thursday at Doomben when we were rained out, it makes me look like a genius putting him in today.”

“That’s the type of ride you show at the apprentice school, wide gate no cover and Robbie found a way to get him in.”

“The team’s going really well it’s a credit to my staff at home we’re having fun at the moment.”

Jockey – Robbie Fradd

“I was expecting a twelve out of ten from Rob I think an eleven is selling me a bit short.”

“There was good speed and I was able to tuck him away mid field, it took him a while to hit the front but he was too good today.”

“Even though he’s winning I think you keep him in restricted grade for now and he’ll be in better company after a few more wins.”

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MAKERS MARK QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap 1200m

Race 8 - 5:02PM MAKERS MARK QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1200 METRES)

1st – Master Jamie – Graeme Green – Jimmy Orman

2nd – Baby Boomer – Tony Gollan – Matthew McGillivray

3rd – Roasted – Robert Heathcote – Ron Stewart


Trainer – Graeme Green

“He’s a gutsy horse that’s all I can say pure guts today.”

“It’s like I said three weeks ago if he’s allowed to dictate, he’s just a bulldog he hates horses going past him, next start when he comes back to set weights, we might see a serious horse.”

“The handicapper has him at his max at the moment but in saying that he’s earnt it and we haven’t seen the best of him yet.”

“We had one offer from Singapore for $150,000 and I said add about four more zeros and we might have a deal.”

“He’s one of the cleanest winded horses I’ve had anything to do with, plus he’s one of the most laid back chilled out horses you’ll ever meet.”

Jockey – Jimmy Orman

“It was a good win very tough horse carrying 61 kilos, he just led on his ear and every time something comes near him, he just keeps kicking.”

“Brilliant effort from Graeme bringing him to town for consecutive wins now, so hopefully he will go well in the QTIS Jewel for him.”

“He’s so relaxed pinged the gates, dream to ride.”

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ROKU GIN Class 6 Handicap 1200m

Race 9 - 5:42PM ROKU GIN Class 6 Handicap (1200 METRES)

1st - Invincible Al - Tony Gollan - Baylee Nothdurft

2nd - Qiji Phoenix - Kacy Fogden - Michael Hellyer 

3rd - Dream Master - Toby & Trent Edmonds


Stable Foreman - Craig Cavanough

"He's a horse with plenty of talent but can be pretty hard to figure out, he hasn't been with us for long and we're just starting to see signs of what he did down south."

"He's far better ridden cold, with the tempo from Dream Master it really let him relax back in the field behind a strong speed and come into it at the right time."

"A lot of credit to our track work riders who've sorted his little issues out and hopefully this win kickstarts a good campaign."

Jockey - Baylee Nothdurft

"Craig told me he was a little bit of a difficult horse to ride, but things panned out well when they clapped on the speed he relaxed and found a good rhythm."

"I just wanted to get last crack at them in the straight and I was really impressed with his sprint."


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