By Glenn Davis
Talented colt Mishani Hustler lived up to trainer Ben Currie’s expectations and earned a Brisbane winter carnival campaign with an impressive front running display in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
Mishani Hustler was ridden by apprentice Taylor Marshall and led all the way to down Fish ‘N’ Snitz by three lengths with Red Doulton third, a further three-quarters of a length away.
It was the second leg of a double for Toowoomba-based Currie who earlier won with Hinchinstyle in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (2040m).
Currie was supremely confident Mishani Hustler would avenge his previous start defeat when fourth for leading rider Jeff Lloyd behind Boomsara in the QTIS Jewel at the Gold Coast two weeks ago.
“I wanted him to lead last start but he didn’t,” Currie said.
“He’s a very good horse and he’ll head to the winter carnival now.
“I’ll nominate him for all the major two-year-old races including the Sires Produce and J J Atkins but I’m not sure if he’ll run a mile.”
The Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes (1350m) will be run at Doomben on May 26 with the Group 1 J J Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on June 9.
Mishani Hustler is a home bred and is owned by Mike Crooks.
The Exceedingly Good colt was an impressive winner on debut when he downed the highly rated Toowoomba filly Plumaro at Doomben last month.
Meanwhile former Queenslander Pah Terie had a happy homecoming with a dominant win in the QTIS Three-Year-old Handicap (1200m).
Ridden by Lloyd, Pah Terie registered his first win in two starts for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees with a long neck win over the fast finishing Bold Endeavour.
Setoga battled on well for third, a further 1-1/4 lengths away.
Pah Terie was formerly trained by Brisbane’s Kelly Schweida.
He had one win in six starts for Schweida including a close fifth in the Group 2 Champagne Classic at Doomben before heading south following his Group Two Sires’ Produce Stakes failure on a heavy track at Doomben last May.
The son of Show A Heart had his first start for Lees when seventh in a Class Two at Newcastle in November before being spelled.
Lees pulled a master stroke by adding blinkers to Pah Terie who went into his comeback with two barrier trials last month.
Racing Queensland webnews March 31