The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY @xlb­nathan_c­mail

TWO of the state’s most suc­cess­ful two-year-old sta­bles made win­ning starts to the new term at the Gold Coast yes­ter­day.

John Zielke was said to be “stunned” when You Know The One ($20) took out the colt and geld­ings divi­sion, with the odds-on sta­ble­mate Rains Aplenty back in third.

The Chris Munce-trained Pony Power was aided by a bril­liant Ron Ste­wart rail­shug­ging ride to win the fil­lies divi­sion in sim­i­lar over­all time to the boys.

Zielke was the most suc­cess­ful trainer of ju­ve­niles two sea­sons back, win­ning 14 twoyear-old races and last sea­son Munce was sec­ond only to Ben Cur­rie with 10 wins, high­lighted by a string of stakes win­ners.

He sig­nalled Magic Mil­lions am­bi­tions for Pony Power.

“She picked up $40,000 to­day so it takes a lot of the pres­sure off us to qual­ify for the Mil­lions,” Munce said. “I can pick and choose the right races for her from here on in.

“I liked the way she hit the line and she got very close to 33 sec­onds for her fi­nal 600m.

“I have a cou­ple of oth­ers for the Mil­lions who go OK and I am look­ing for­ward to the two-year-old sea­son.”

Zielke won last week’s sea­son-open­ing Pat O’Shea Plate with Hopes Eter­nal and ex­pected to add to his tally yes­ter­day, but with a dif­fer­ent horse. “I am stunned,’’ he said. ‘‘No way did I think You Know The One could beat Rains Aplenty.

“I knew You Know The One could gal­lop but on their work at home Rains Aplenty should have beaten him eas­ily.”

Jockey Luke Dittman, who rides a lot of track­work and in tri­als for Zielke, said he was con­fi­dent Rains Aplenty was still the best two-year-old in the sta­ble.

“He was just green in the straight and I think he will im­prove out of sight for the run,” Dittman said.

DIVI­SION WIN­NER: You Know The One win­ning at the Gold Coast. Pic­ture: Grant Peters, Track­side Pho­tog­ra­phy

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