Energetic filly snares third win from third start
RACING: Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke has lauded the poise of Jeff Lloyd, who steered Hold The Line to victory at Corbould Park on Saturday, despite the filly's overenthusiasm.
The talented three-year-old appears to be bound for the $1.94million Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast in January, after capturing a third win from as many starts.
She won The James Ackerman Memorial - Shipley Smash Repairs QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m) by a head, with Red Chase and Magic Fox following.
Vandyke said she was full of energy after a 10-week break.
"She was excited to be back at the races (and) she was doing her best to buck Jeff off on the way to the barriers. I think she was ready to run about 10 laps," he said.
"But Jeff did a good job settling her down pre-race and got to a nice spot in the run."
A $2.45 chance with Ladbrokes, Hold The Line was put in a handy position by Lloyd and was seventh of 16 runners when she accelerated in the straight.
"When she began to let down at the 300(m) I thought she was going to gap them, but I'll take a head," Vandyke said.
"I'll be looking for further with her now. I think the 1400 is well and truly up her alley."
There is plenty of hope among connections that she could go on with it.
"She's a really exciting horse for myself and the owners. She's earned over $180,000 with the QTIS bonuses already.
"Each time she's come to the races she presents fitter and stronger, and although she's tested us with her attitude she just wants to race.
"I was thinking about tipping her out after her last run when she beat Defence Missile, but I decided the best course would be to just give her a freshen-up because we want to head to the three-year-old race at The Magic Millions."
Vandyke enjoyed the metropolitan meeting on his home track, with a winner in the first race of the day as well.
Michael Hellyer propelled Foxy Housewife to a head win in a fillies and mares handicap over 1000m.
Trainer Toby Edmonds had two winners and he combined with Lloyd to win the $85,000 Sunshine Coast Lightning Eagle Way Stayers Series Heat - QTIS 3YO Handicap (1600m), with Coastal Prince.
Local jockey Luke Tarrant saluted on the Peter Kings-trained Benico's Prince in a Benchmark 75 Handicap (2200m), at long odds.