Long may she reign


ROCK­HAMP­TON filly Par­adis Im­pe­rial has capped a stel­lar sea­son with vic­tory in North Queens­land’s rich­est two- year- old race at Clu­den Park on Satur­day.

Par­adis Im­pe­rial has more wins than any other two- yearold this sea­son and she showed her class to hold off fast- fin­ish­ing favourite Dream Kisses in the Townsville RSL Two- YearOld Clas­sic ( 1200m).

The Tony McMa­hon­trained filly had plenty of work to do com­ing from bar­rier nine and jockey Nathan Day pushed her for­ward early to set­tle fourth on the fence.

Dream Kisses ($ 3.10 fav) was forced to go to the ex­treme out­side at the turn to find a run, but Par­adis Im­pe­rial ($ 4.20) pounced on the field and shot away over the fi­nal 200m to score by a three- quar­ter length, with Golden Guardian ($ 9) an­other four lengths back in third.

McMa­hon said he had long tar­geted the Townsville Win­ter Car­ni­val fea­ture race for Par­adis Im­pe­rial and he felt his star sprinter did ex­actly what was re­quired against a strong field.

“I think she won with some­thing in hand,” McMa­hon said.

“She hadn’t raced for three weeks and had to sprint in early stages then Nathan had to re­lax her be­fore he let her go at the top of straight. She was en­ti­tled to stop 200m ear­lier.

“The horse de­serves the full credit and Nathan rode her bril­liantly. They’ve built a won­der­ful com­bi­na­tion. We’re just so proud of her.”

Satur­day’s win was Par­adis Im­pe­rial’s sev­enth from 12 starts in a bril­liant de­but cam­paign and McMa­hon has no plans to spell her just yet.

“She doesn’t get the recog­ni­tion she de­serves. She’s won more races than two- year- old in McMa­hon said.

“She’s only ever been out of prize­money once and that was her last start when she was tragedy beaten and couldn’t get out.

“She’s quite freak­ish. Ev­ery- any other Aus­tralia,” one keeps ask­ing why don’t you spell her, but she’s trained out of the pad­dock and she very rarely gal­lops.

“She’ll just tell us ( when she needs a break).”

Mean­while, Far North glam­our horse Ty­zone is track­ing per­fectly for the time- hon­oured Cleve­land Bay sprint af­ter tak­ing out Satur­day’s Open Hand­i­cap ( 1200m) at Clu­den Park.

Trainer Roy Chillemi said the win brought a tear to his eye as Ty­zone ($ 1.75 fav) toughed it out in a three- way fin­ish on the line from Casino Thoughts ($ 7) and Canny And The Jet ($ 12).

“He had to bump a few times but he even­tu­ally got out … it was a good coura­geous win,” Chillemi said.

“I thought I had ac­tu­ally got beaten but when the photo came down, I was pleased to see the num­ber one go up.

“For the first time since I have raced him, he has brought a tear to my eye.

“I am not usu­ally a softie but I thought it was a tough win with a bump­ing duel in the straight and car­ry­ing 59.5kg.”

Ty­zone has never missed a place in Townsville, with eight wins from 10 starts, and Chillemi was hope­ful his star can add an­other fea­ture vic­tory in the Cleve­land Bay on July 29.

CLASS ACT: Two- Year- Old Clas­sic win­ner Par­adis Im­pe­rial. Pic­ture: MIKE MILLS PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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