By Tony McMahon.
Highly promising Brisbane filly Tiger Love has become the first high profile casualty from the line-up of Saturday week’s $125,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) and will not be running.
The Better Than Ready filly burst into calculations for the Classic when a brilliant first-up winner at the Gold Coast recently and was immediately set for the feature race.
Brisbane trainer Chris Munce (pictured left) and managing owner Robbie Zuttion have a very high opinion of Tiger Love, the highest priced yearling from last year’s Rockhampton CYS.
Zuttion explained that while disappointed he believed that Tiger Love would make a full recover from the knee injury which has come against her.
“She walked out of her box (stable) this morning (Thursday) and there was something wrong with the off-side knee. We had it X-Rayed and a chip was discovered and she was sent to the University (Gatton) to undergo surgery.
“It is unfortunate as I have won my share of GROUP races and I really believe that this filly (Tiger Love) is something very special,” Zuttion said.
However, all is not lost in relation to the Classic for Zuttion and he will still be represented by Hezhome who he leased out to connections of Roma trainer Craig Smith.
Also sired by Better Than Ready as is Tiger Love, the gelding Hezhome has won his past two Callaghan Park starts at Rockhampton in stylish fashion and looks a genuine Classic winning prospect.
“I am told he (Hezhome) is going very well so I am looking forward to coming up and seeing him race as well as buying at the sales,” Zuttion said.
Three of the progeny of Better Than Ready will be sold at the 2019 CYS at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on April 14.
Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan holds one of the keys to the CYS Classic with his Husson -Mel’s Pocket x Redoute’s Choice youngster Pull Anchor.
Raced in partnership by a group of friends with Central Queensland interests, Pull Anchor, twice placed in Brisbane is partly raced by the unofficial “Mayor of Blackwater” in Tommy Whitehouse.
Whitehouse and some of the group were previously associated with the multiple Brisbane winner The Storeman.
Pull Anchor’s Brisbane placing’s behind Hit Snooze have been over 1200 and 1400 metres so the 1200 metres distance of the Classic at which most runners will be untried will be in his favour.
At last year’s CYS in Rockhampton, Pull Anchor was part of the supplementary catalogue and when bidding halted at $10K he was passed in on a $15,000 reserve.
He was subsequently re-offered at the Magic Millions Winter Yearling Sale and was purchased for $14,000.
Catalogues will also be available for collection from the Rockhampton Jockey Club office at Callaghan Park Racecourse.
Or you can contact the RJC office on (07) 4937 4000 to request a sale catalogue.