Queensland Quest - Birthday Boy -Tim to head for 100 this weekend
Wedneday: Mark “I have to rate Self Assured as our best chance now”
The draws are always a crucial factor in major races and it appears to have altered Mark’s focus going into the Queensland Derby on Saturday.
“I favour Self Assured now-because of the draw” he said. “It makes it a little easier for him and Jesse Duke and a little harder for Princess Tiffany. Reverse the draws and I would probably change my opinion”
Mark left Wednesday for Brisbane and will work Self Assured and Princess Tiffany on Thursday. Check out his opinions on that here
Race History- All Stars have trained two previous Derby winners. Mark drove More the Better two years ago (when it as a G2 race) and Natalie drove Best Deal Yet for the stable in 2012. Noodlum (Freeman Holmes), Courage Under Fire (Bruce Negus), and Franco Enforce (John Hay) are the only other winners of the race trained in NZ at the time. Noodlum and Courage Under Fire both set Derby winning records contesting the race, Noodlum the first to win a NZ Derby and an Australian one and Courage Under Fire making it his sixth Derby for the season !
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Breeding :Change or Coincidence?
Mates and now Rivals. Princess Tiffany (10) Jesse Duke (2) and Self Assured (4) clash in the Queensland Derby on Saturday
“HE REMINDS ME OF SPANKEM” POI ON RISING STAR SELF ASSURED
Self Assured and Princess Tiffany had easy tasks in Queensland yesterday (Tuesday) but Poi was s more than happy with both of them.
“Princess Tiffany just went 3200m in 5 minutes home in about 1.08 but she felt keener this morning than she did last week before the Oaks and that is a good sign” said Poi.
“She was tossing her head around and keen. She hasn’t done that for me since the New South Wales Oaks prep. Really well”
“Mark will be over for the Thursday hopple for both. Jesse Duke just did some easy work in the centre today and he will have a hopple tomorrow.
He and the filly were a little jarred up on Sunday as happens here because the tracks are kept fast for the big nights. It won’t be a problem for them by the weekend”
Poi (Bowden) is the highly regarded travelling foreman for All Stars but won’t know until after Saturday what his immediate programme is.
“I guess Mark will make the decision then about the Breeder’s Crown and if Princess Tiffany goes there Jesse Duke will probably stay with us for that too. But we won’t know for sure until after Saturday”
Poi is just as impressed as everyone else with Self Assured who is not nominated for the Breeder’s Crown and will spell after the Queensland Derby.
“You can’t help but be impressed by him. He just keeps stepping up and he comes through his races so well. Nothing bothers him. He hasn’t missed a feed and he just takes it all in. He runs those fast fractions and bounces back without a problem. Pretty good for an inexperienced horse. He reminds me of Spankem like that. Maybe that’s an omen for next season”
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“Didn’t Pull the Plugs”
Co-owner Phil Creighton was on hand for Princess Tiffany’s Queensland
Oaks triumph (the bonus of direct flights from Queenstown !) and was naturally thrilled with the result. And also with Poi’s post race comments.
”Kylie didn’t have to pull the plugs. Poi, who supervised Princess Tiffany’s Breeder’s Crown campaign last year told us he thought she was in the same place now as she was then”
ALL STARS,even by their own high standards, have had an amazing season in terms of stakes won alone.
The stable has posted earnings of over $6.3m so far $4.5 million won in NZ and the balance in Australia.
Spankem won almost half of the Australian total of $1.8m.He won nearly $900,000 in total making him a likely Horse of the Year.
By comparison the leading thoroughbred stable of Murray Baker-Andrew Forsman has won about $3.8m this season in NZ, getting on for $1m less than their standardbred counterpart at Rolleston.Remarkably All Stars would place around 10th on the money list among Australian thoroughbred trainers.
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