YOU KNOW THE ONE IN A SHOCK
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