Trainer launches bid for winter campaign
RACING: Trainer John Zielke will launch his bid for winter carnival riches at Corbould Park this Saturday with two key chances. One an up-and-comer, and the other with black type already to its name.
Four-year-old horse Worthy Cause will run first-up in the Ascot Handicap, a Listed race traditionally held in Brisbane.
Zielke told the Daily the stud prospect looked impressive in his coat and his work, winning a Sunshine Coast trial by two lengths on April 12.
Worthy Cause had shown enough ability to beat multiple group one winner Turn Me Loose in a Listed Race at Flemington during last year's Spring Racing Carnival.
But Zielke said he wouldn't be targeting the jewel in Queensland's Winter Carnival crown, the Stradbroke Handicap, and has set his sights towards group one racing in Melbourne and Perth in Spring.
"We're going to target the Prime Minister's Cup at the Gold Coast and the Chairman's Handicap in Brisbane, a couple of Listed and minor Group races this campaign," he said.
"I told the owner (Evan Hartley) we should have a soft winter and hit the spring races hard."
Best suited in the 1400m-1600m range, Zielke said they wouldn't push the horse to go any further this campaign.
But he did say the horse WOULD be fresh enough to tackle zippy gelding Didntcostalot over 1200m on Saturday. He said the main dangers would be the gelding and Robert Heathcote's Hopfgarten, which is rated a $41 chance in the Stradbroke.
"We've been given the 58kg and Didntcostalot will carry 59kg and we're pretty happy with that," he said.
"But I don't think Hopfgarten can beat us. He's had three goes and we beat it home every time."
His other quality prospect at the moment is two-year-old filly Royal Tithe which will be aimed at the Group One JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm.
"She'll be aimed first-up in the Ken Russell on the Gold Coast," Zielke said.
Talented apprentice Luke Dittman, drove from the Gold Coast just to work the filly.
"He said she had the 'biggest heart he'd seen."
Zielke will also saddle-up young gelding Dreams Aplenty in the QTIS Two-Years-Old Plate.
The son of Dream Ahead won its maiden by 3.3 lengths at Caloundra on April 3.