Sizzling back in Queensland Guineas
Sizzling has made a winning return to Eagle Farm on Saturday in the $350,000, Group 2 Sky Racing Queensland Guineas (1400m) seven days prior to his main goal of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
The Kelso Wood-trained gelding so far this campaign prior to Saturday had posted two results which came in well below market expectations, the latest when sixth in the Fred Best Classic (1350m).
Despite facing a number of the same rivals who had his measure last start, Sizzling was expected to bounce back on Saturday.
Returning to Eagle Farm, rising to 1400m and blinkers being equipped for the first time were just some of the positives for the Snitzel colt third run back from a spell.
Jockey Chris Munce rode the colt confidently settling worse than midfield before ensuring the three-year-old was in clear running upon straightening.
Munce made his move well before the home turn as he worked wide around the field.
Sizzling found himself with plenty of running room upon straightening and whilst getting tired late, had done enough early on to ensure a long neck victory.
Dances On Stars (NZ) (Snitzel) and Brenton Avdulla were second and Lucky Hussler (Husson) and Jim Cassidy filled the minor placings.
The margins were a long neck and a long head.The time was 1.24.25 on the Slow 6 track with the final 600m in 35.57.
“He’s vindicated what I’ve always thought about him,” winning trainer Kelso Wood said.
“The blinkers helped him although I’ve always been a bit reluctant to put them on.
“Now he’s a bit older and a bit more relaxed we thought we better try them so it has worked out good.
“It has probably made him focus a bit more.”
Wood was quick to defend his star galloper for the colts first two outings this campaign post race.
“The last two starts the races weren’t run to suit him at all,” Wood said.
“He got squeezed out at the start at the Gold Coast [Gold Coast Guineas] and they ran 34 something for the first 600m.
“The other day [Fred Best Classic] when he drew barrier 1 I wasn’t happy.
“I think the extra distance here helped him plus the fact he had no traffic in front of him.”
Sizzling’s next assignment will be the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in seven days time.
Saturday' victory has seen Sizzling jump to the top line of betting, now an equal $5.50 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) favourite alongside Better Than Ready and Epaulette.
He will carry 52kg in the sprint feature on June 8.
Sizzling, out of the General Nediym mare Admirelle, has now won seven races from 16 starts and with four seconds he has earned stakes of $1,289,250 for owners D H T Devine, Mrs D M Devine, M C Power, Mrs D M Power, N Morgan, Mrs J G Morgan and L R Matthew.