By Tony Megahey
While in-form trainer Sue Grills has mapped out plans for her stable star, her second-tier performers are value at today’s TAB Quirindi Jockey Club meeting.
The Tamworth trainer and her many regional supporters celebrated the resolute win of classy mare Fickle Folly at Warwick Farm on Saturday, while Under The Thumb was an unlucky second in the earlier TAB Highway.
“We’ll bring her back again for that Group 3 McCarten on that big day at Rosehill in a few weeks, she ran third in it last year, I’m so proud of her,” Sue enthused. “She’s so tough, just gives her all and likely Corey Brown will ride her again. He rode her Saturday, because Robert Thompson couldn’t make that weight.
“Under The Thumb is likely to be going to a race at Scone, he’s been so consistent but unlucky, we could have come home with a double but that’s the way it goes.”
Sue has accepted with four runners at Quirindi, all at value odds, and assesses her prospects. Debutante two-year-old Belltima ($71 on TAB fixed odds) contests an Emirates River Ridge 2YO (1000m) to be ridden by Andrew Gibbons: “She’s a nicely-bred Dawn Approach filly, still green off just the one trial, but she’s an improver,” Sue offered.
Star of Tickets ($34) is in a Regional Australian Bank Maiden (1200m): “He’s resuming and won a trial, but he’s drawn the extreme outside, just so tough from out there.”
Boolaroo ($3.30 equal favourite) contests the Hello World Travel Tamworth (1450m): “He’s well placed, just so honest and consistent and he could have won more races only for ongoing issues; hoof problems mainly. It’s unusual that he races best on hard tracks and can’t handle soft going. With feet problems, it’s usually the other way around.”
Performed galloper Star of Legs ($34), competing in the Quirindi RSL Club Lightning (1100m), has been a grand money spinner for the stable earning near $123,000 in prizemoney from seven wins and 17 placings, including a Canterbury Park third.
“He certainly has been a good horse, but it might be too short for him as his best form is out to 1400m and 1600m, but he trialled super resuming from a spell.”
Quirindi will race on a good 3 track rating in fine weather.