1400m will pose no threat to the unbeaten Zoustyle but any thoughts of a TAB Stradbroke Handicap are still up in the air according to trainer Tony Gollan after the Zoustar three-year-old gelding won the $105,000, JRA 3YO Plate (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Despite wanting to get on with the job mid-way through his first-up assignment, the sprinter found plenty in the run home to hold off Godolphin’s Plague Stone in 1.09.02.
Zoustyle, which now boasts six wins from as many starts, was due to run first-up in the Gold Coast Guineas on May 4 but was scratched due to a heavy track.
He entered Saturday's race a $7 all-in favourite for Queensland’s premier handicap at Eagle Farm on June 8 but Gollan is reluctant to commit to the $1.5 million sprint with an interrupted preparation.
“He’s a really impressive horse but was pretty fresh today and needed the run,” Gollan said.
“Whenever they’re unbeaten you get a little bit more anxious coming to the races, but he executed very well today he had a very good horse chasing him and kept his margin.
“He’s got a lovely high cruising speed, I thought they were going a lot slower than they were the first 600 he just makes galloping look so easy.
“There are plenty of options for him, we could go to The G2 Moreton in a fortnight, I’m not sure where he sits in The Stradbroke order now, or we could bypass that and go to the three-year-old race (Daybreak Lover) on Stradbroke day.”
Any questions as to whether the gelding could run out a strong 1200m against quality opposition were answered today but the 1400m still poses question marks for some, except Gollan.
“Definitely, 1400m won’t pose any problems,” Gollan said.
Zoustyle wanted to get his head up in the air as the field headed down the Aerodrome side of the course but jockey Brad Stewart wasn’t too concerned.
“It didn’t worry me too much, it was only a couple of strides he’s been bursting out of him skin to race and that can happen when they’re a bit keen," Stewart said.
“I knew we had Plauge Stone chasing us, but I was travelling nicely and didn’t need to ride him out hands and heels.”
ZOUSTYLE RETURNS IN FINE STYLE – Zoustyle keeps his unbeaten record intact with a terrific win in race 4 at Doomben fending off his main rival Plague Stone @tonygollan @BrisRacingClub @racing_qld @RaceQLD. pic.twitter.com/E5lNS5VF7D— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) May 18, 2019