Hold The Line shows plenty of promise in first two starts
RACING: Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke says promising filly Hold The Line has the will to win and he's eager to see her race on Magic Millions day after she stormed to an impressive win at a metropolitan meeting at Corbould Park on Saturday.
With Jeff Lloyd aboard, she won the QTIS handicap for three-year-olds (1200m) by a head, nabbing Defence Missile in the dying stages of the race.
A $2.25 chance with Ladbrokes, Hold The Line settled midfield among 10 runners before finishing in style. It was her second win from as many starts and with $33,000 prize money has already paid owners back their purchase fee.
"It's her will to win," Vandyke said. "She's really starting to work it out. She really has attacked the line in the last two starts and that's a sign of a good horse.
"There's quite a bit of upside if she can keep progressing.
"I'd like to see her run on Magic Millions day (at the Gold Coast in January). There's a couple of races there she may be able to run in but a lot will depend on how she progresses from now until then."
Vandyke's been faring well of late but got somewhat of a breakthrough with the win with Hold The Line.
"I've struggled to get a winner at the Saturday metropolitan meetings so feel a bit of relief I got a winner," he said.
"It's always good to have the feature meetings here but it's also good to win at one.
"Things have been going very well (generally) and we're in a purple patch of form and it's my job to try and keep that going."