Volkoff edges Misery in tight battle at Corbould Park
HORSE RACING: It may have taken a little time for Gold Coast trainer's Daniel and Bryan Guy to figure Volkoff out, but when they did it certainly paid dividends.
The seven-year-old mare stormed to a stunning victory during an open handicap (1000m) at Corbould Park on Saturday.
She sat near the rear of the field for much of the race before making a move in the final 200m to cross first by a half a head in front of Sunshine Coast-trained Misery.
It was her first race with blinkers.
"It's only her third start for our stable. She's come across from WA and it's taken a little bit to figure her out,” Daniel Guy said.
"Since we've put the blinkers on her she's worked a lot better. We thought if we ride her back with the speed on in the race she'd find the line.”
Guy, who trains in partnership with father Bryan, said Volkoff's future was yet to be decided but some more sprints in the summer could be on the cards.
"She's a mare, so she may go to stud in the very near future or the owner may decide to give her another season,” he said.
"We'll just have to see how she pulls up and what the owner wants to do with her.”
The $70,000 race nudged Volkoff's career earnings to over the $470,000 mark.
Corbould Park trainer Stuart Kendrick was disappointed Misery, who led for much of the race, was pipped at the post but was pleased with the overall performance.
"We nearly pinched it,” he said.
"That's always the thing, he is a front-running sort of horse, so those other two just kicked up and made him do that little bit extra work.
"I was rapt with him, he ran really well. We were just knocked off on the line.”
Kendrick also had Misery lined up for a potential summer sprint.
"He's only a lightly raced horse so you just never know.
"If you can keep improving that little bit into his next campaign we might find a nice race for him over the summer,” he said.
"There's some good sprint races around January period so aiming at something there.”
While Kendrick won't be sending Misery down south over Spring, he said there was plenty of potential in his stable that could benefit from the big trip.
"I've got a lot of young ones now at the moment and we've probably got four or five that we've earmarked as potential,” he said.
"We're just going to see how they go over the next couple of weeks.
"They're young horses and I've probably got them targeted more towards our carnivals over summer and winter but it'd be lovely to give them a bit of experience for the trip away.”