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

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

RACE 1 - 12:23pm events @ brc class 6 handicap (1830m)

1st – The Kingdom – Les Kelly – Adin Thompson

2nd – Mawaany Machine – Kris Lees – Robbie Fradd

3rd – Admiral Jello – Kris Lees – Jimmy Orman


Stable Rep – Mick Ray

“We were a bit worried about the small field you never quite know what will happen, but Adin did a fantastic job on him as he’s done the last few times and Les has done a wonderful job getting the horse to where he is.”

“He’s a horse that likes the speed on we were a bit concerned about the lack of it, but Adin never gave the leaders too much reign and was able to reign them in.”

“He loves his racing, very professional when he gets to the track and he’s backing it up.”

“We may spell him now or possibly give him one more run before we tip him out until Winter.”

Jockey – Adin Thompson

“I would have rather drawn wide than barrier two, but it worked out perfectly staying one off one back, I let the two in front of me roll along knowing I had a lot bigger sprint than they did.”

“He’s got some grit about him he doesn’t stop even when the inside horse was fighting back late.”

RACE 2 - 12:58pm anzac day races 25 april benchmark 70 handicap (1300m)

1st – Fortification – Brian & Daniel Guy – Larry Cassidy

2nd – Joymaker – Kelly Schweida – Sean Cormack

3rd – Ingear – Tony Gollan – Matthew McGillivray2.JPG


Trainer – Daniel Guy

“He’s very well bred he was a colt until the end of last prep when he was gelded, and it looks like it’s made a huge difference this time in.”

“He drew wide first up and we got back further than we wanted to, but we were really encouraged by the run.”

“He got back again today, but I was a good ride by Larry in the end to produce him at the right time.”

“Had a great finish with 59 kilos, when we get him back down in the weights and maybe over a bit more ground, I think it’ll only get better.”

Jockey – Larry Cassidy

“He’s got scope far beyond this win, I was lucky enough to pick up the ride when Paul Hammersley was sick first up and he ran an enormous race from a wide gate.”

“I thought he’d be competitive and hard to beat today and he was.”

“I think he used to want to go a little hard but now he’s been gelded he’s relaxing in the run and it’s helping his finish.”

RACE 3 - 1:37pm pink picnic 19 april qtis two-year old handicap (1300m)

1st – Tumbler Ridge – Steven O’Dea – Boris Thornton

2nd – Bellissimi Amici – Robert Heathcote – Robbie Fradd

3rd – Redoute’s Image – Kris Lees – Larry Cassidy


Stable Rep – Matt Hoystead

“Great to see him come back after being a touch disappointing with things not going his way first run back, we knew he was a lot better than that and we got a bit of redemption today.”

“We expected him to be a pair or two closer in the run we got shuffled back a bit but he really appreciates this Eagle Farm track, Boris rode him a treat and he hit the ling strong.”

“There’s a 1400 metre QTIS race here in a fortnight’s time so depending on how he pulls up that looks the ideal next step.”

Jockey – Boris Thornton

“I’ve ridden this horse all the way through from his first campaign and he’s come back this time bigger and stronger.”

“first run was a complete forgive run everything went pear shaped, we kept the trust in the horse knew what he had and it was great to see him put it together today.”

“He relaxed a lot better than I thought he was going to, he’ll get the mile easy with his attitude and turn of foot.”

RACE 4 - 2:17pm family raceday 4 april class 3 plate (1000m)

1st – Go Deep – Darryl Hansen – Brad Stewart

2nd – Ella Devine – Robert Heathcote – Mark Du Plessis

3rd – I Am Venus – Kelly Schweida – Jimmy Orman


Stable Rep – Kane St. Vincent

“It was his first time on the wet track last start and he simply didn’t handle it, we definitely won’t be putting him around on a heavy again.”

“He’s a big boy as well usually needs a few runs to hit his peak fitness and to do that third up shows us he’s back on track."

“Pre-race earmuffs today he was more settled better behaved and not overdoing it, Brad Stewart did a great job settling him.

Jockey – Brad Stewart

“It was a pretty easy ride in the end he sprung the gates, was a bit keen early before settling into a really good rhythm.”

“Ruuca had the credentials to come after us but I knew we’d have a kick and got it pretty soft in the end.”

RACE 5 - 2:57pm olivia's raceday 28 march benchmark 75 handicap (1600m)

1st – Plitvice – Robert Heathcote – Adin Thompson

2nd – Slow Hands – Kelly Schweida – Mark Du Plessis

3rd – Galtero – Tony Gollan – Baylee Nothdurft


Trainer – Robert Heathcote

“I was using a bit of colourful language when we were trapped three wide no cover at the eight hundred, that’s a big win from the horse.”

“Considering the run he had that’s an exceptional result to hold on, it wasn’t young Adin’s best ride but he has the claim and knows how to get the best out of them late.”

“He’s a kid that’s flying at the moment and has a big future he’s been ding a great job for us.”

“He was looking for the mile and on todays run he might even get further.”

Jockey – Adin Thompson

“I wasn’t happy at all getting posted midfield, but I chose to just let him roll and see if class would get him home.”

“We were in front for a long way in the straight and I could here them coming from everywhere, given the run I thought we were a sitting duck but that’s a really brave win with a big weight as well.”

RACE 6 - 3:37pm paddyfest 14 march benchmark 75 handicap (2200m)

1st – Quality Seeker – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Louise Day

2nd – Brocson – Michael Lakey – Adin Thompson

3rd – Royal Atom – Darryl Hansen – Ron Stewart


Stable Rep – James Harding

“After his last start up here where he ran above expectations, we thought why change tactics just roll to the front again.”

“He’s a very honest horse and when he gets it his own way in front in this grade, you’re going to be flat out catching him.”

“He can be ridden midfield or cold depending on the race, he’s a fairly versatile character depending on the race in front of him.”

“He’ll go back home now, but after the success up here I’m sure Ciaron and David may entertain a trip up in the Winter.

Jockey – Louise Day

“All credit has to go to the stable the horse presented beautifully today, he looked like he’d come on from his last run where we has too good I was the lucky one to get the stear.”

“No-one took us on for the front early so I was happy to let him roll along, I just gave him a bit for reign at the eight hundred and he really started to wind up and go through his gears.”

“It’s just my second metropolitan winner and first in Brisbane, really happy with how it all unfolded.”

RACE 7 - 4:13pm the society rooftop class 6 handicap (1200M)

1st – Defence Missile – Les Ross – Madeleine Wishart

2nd – Boomtown Lass – Chris Anderson – Brad Stewart

3rd – Tardis – Toby & Trent Edmonds – Matthew McGillivray


Trainer – Les Ross

“He’s been building towards a win like today, it’s nice when you realise and have a few extra dollars on them as well.”

“I’ve always liked this horse I picked him out of the paddock for my owners four years ago and he hasn’t disappointed despite a slight dip in form last prep.”

“I knew he was a good thing when I had senior riders calling me on Wednesday looking for the ride, 54 kilos would have been good but the 3 kilo claim and 51 with Maddy sounded even better.”

“He strung about four on end in his three-year-old campaign hopefully this gives him a little push to put a few together.”

Jockey – Madeleine Wishart

“Nice to prove that my first Saturday Eagle Farm win wasn’t a fluke and really happy to ride my second Saturday winner for Les Ross who’s been a staunch supporter for me.”

“It looked like a really nice race for him with the weight, I had to do a few laps and get a sweat up this morning to make weight, but it was well worth it.”

“It was a good effort in the straight I was going to peel to the outside but Boomtown Lass started to drift off the track, he did well to keep his momentum navigating between the leaders.

RACE 8 - 4:50pm tab open handicap (1400m)

1st – Emerald Kingdom – Robert Heathcote – Robbie Fradd

2nd – Get Stuck In – Tony Gollan – Baylee Nothdurft

3rd – Qiji Phoenix – Kacy Fogden – Michael Hellyer


Trainer – Robert Heathcote

“He’s probably behind only Rothfire as my most exciting horse at the moment he’s making everything look very easy.”

“I have to give a big shout out to Shipton Lodge who bred this horse down in New South Wales for me and he’s been a treat to train.”

“You don’t often see any horse win six in a row and five straight this prep it’s a huge achievement and he smashed through the 1400 metre barrier today as well.”

“I can’t give enough credit to Justin Anderson who rides him in all his work, does all his strapping, you can’t undersell how important that relationship is.”

Jockey – Robbie Fradd

“He just does everything so well there’s no glaring weakness with this horse, he began a bit slowly today but didn’t panic recovered quickly and made light work of getting to the front.”

“He’s starting to learn to come back to you during the run which adds another string to his bow.”

“He’s a real momentum horse and once you get him out in front and rolling he just gathers steam, with only 54 kilos on his back today he was far too good.”

RACE 9 - 5:30pm moet and chandon chairmans club qtis three-year old handicap (1400m)

1st – Ballistic Boy – Chris Anderson – Jimmy Orman

2nd – One Day Diva – Robert Heathcote – Robbie Fradd

3rd – Rapido Gris – Troy Pascoe – Jackson Murphy


Trainer – Chris Anderson

“The horse might have looked cool in winning but the trainer certainly wasn’t cool, three wide no cover the trip I thought it might be another below par result.”

“To the horses credit he really dug in he’s a classy animal and when you add a bit of fight to that it’s a good combination.”

“I wasn’t too disappointed with her first run I thought he might be a bit soft first up and did’t get the easiest trip.”

“We expected natural improvement today and he’s obviously come on winning in the fashion he did.”

“We will probably head to Sydney with him and look for some tier two or tier three races, I think he’s a horse with a future and you have to give them exposure to good racing.”

Jockey – Jimmy Orman

“Sometimes you get a wide gate and no matter what you try you just get hung out there.”

“I decided to just let him settle rather than make a move forward or back, I knew he’d have superior fitness from his first up run and that shone through in the closing stages.”

“I know Chris has a big opinion of him and so do I, if he can draw a gate and get some luck in running he could win some good races.”