CUR­RIE EX­PECT­ING MORE WINS FROM GIRL IN A MIL­LION

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

BEN Cur­rie ex­pects there to be a few more wins to come for the fly­ing filly Girl In A Mil­lion af­ter yes­ter­day’s Doomben suc­cess in the BM70 Hand­i­cap (1050m).

“She’s the fastest horse I’ve ever had any­thing to do with,’’ Cur­rie said.

‘‘It’s just ridicu­lous how quick she is. I knew she’d cross them.

“If you look at her in the coat, she’s still got plenty of im­prove­ment too.”

Since 1050m races started at Doomben in Au­gust 2014, 13 horses have won from gate nine or wider in 163 races, so Girl In A Mil­lion’s ef­fort to cross from the nine al­ley is a note­wor­thy one. ORMAN DOU­BLE DASH­ING JIMMY Orman de­liv­ered a re­minder of his skills with a win­ning dou­ble at Doomben.

Both wins were for Neil and He­len Owen, who are among the big­gest own­ers associated with the Rob Heath­cote sta­ble.

Orman has won three con­sec­u­tive races on Ma­nias (pic­tured), de­liv­er­ing a flaw­less dis­play on each oc­ca­sion.

In the case of Lordag, he was able to end a 608-day and 18-run los­ing se­quence.

Orman was a run­away win­ner of the Queens­land Metropoli­tan ap­pren­tice ti­tle in 2015-16, but has strug­gled for qual­ity rides since com­ing out of his time.

He rode just six Satur­day metropoli­tan win­ners be­tween April and the end of Au­gust this year.

But with the sup­port of Heath­cote, he’s made a fly­ing start to Septem­ber, win­ning three races for the sta­ble and an­other for Michael Lakey on Fi­nal Zero last week.

“Jimmy’s rid­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence at the mo­ment and he’s do­ing a great job on these horses for me,” Heath­cote said. SYM­PHONY DRIFT SO BIG BETFAIR re­ported Royal Sym­phony touched $15 “in the run” be­fore a freak­ish es­cape to win first-up at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day. That was af­ter he’d been backed from $2.20 to $2 be­fore the jump.

Winx is also turn­ing out to be a good horse for pun­ters who are pre­pared to wait un­til af­ter the jump this prepa­ra­tion. She touched $3 with the ex­change in the run yes­ter­day.

The $15 for Royal Sym­phony though is hardly the big­gest “drift” in Betfair’s in-the-run mar­ket.

Betfair noted the mighty grey Chau­tauqua was “matched” at a price of $800 be­fore un­leash­ing in this year’s T.J. Smith at Rand­wick.

Book­mak­ers have slashed Royal Sym­phony’s Caulfield Guineas price to $2.80.

That does seem an over­re­ac­tion, given there’s still four weeks to go.

The ri­vals he will meet on Guineas day will be vastly su­pe­rior to the lot he ac­counted for yes­ter­day.

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