Starante gun­ning for Guineas glory

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUX­WORTH jonathon.tux­worth@news.com.au

ROCK­HAMP­TON trainer Jamie McConachy is con­fi­dent Starante is ca­pa­ble of pulling off a hat- trick of wins in Thurs­day’s Townsville Guineas af­ter her gutsy vic­tory in Satur­day’s Fil­lies and Mares Bracelet.

The three- year- old filly ($ 7.90) set­tled mid­field in the 1300m Class 6 Hand­i­cap and de­spite be­ing briefly headed by run­ner- up Vo Trea­sure ($ 7.60) with a fur­long left, dug deep to win by half a length.

The Rock­hamp­ton horse car­ried 63.5kg to win on her home track last start on July 13, and jockey Gra­ham Kliese rel­ished the five less ki­los in tran­sit.

“They went a lit­tle bit quick early which suited and the jockey rode a good race,” McConachy said.

“He ( Kliese) summed it all up af­ter about two fur­longs re­ally and slot­ted her in.

“She’s one of those horses who if she gets into a fight, she’ll keep kick- ing. I think prob­a­bly the last 30 to 40 me­tres that’s when she was do­ing her best, she’ll go to the Guineas on Thurs­day.”

McConachy is con­fi­dent she will put her­self in the mix again if she gets a good draw for the 1600m three­year- old hand­i­cap on Thurs­day, her first crack at the mile dis­tance.

“She’s go­ing against a pretty good field but she’ll be very com­pet­i­tive,” McConachy said.

“She’s in good form and when a filly’s in good form they usu­ally keep it up for a while.

“I wasn’t sur­prised ( she won), she’s been rac­ing in bet­ter grades of horses.

“I think it ( ex­tra ground) will suit her. She’s rock solid and with the pace on she worked her way into the race.

“She’s bred to stay, so she should be fine.”

Ather­ton jockey Wan­der­son D’Avila reg­is­tered three wins aboard out­siders on Satur­day.

It started with Monaco Rocket ($ 13.70) in the Maiden Hand­i­cap over 1400m and was fol­lowed up by win­ning runs on Know­ing Me ($ 16.40) in the Open Hand­i­cap over 1609m and Isa Tala ($ 15.30) in the Open Hand­i­cap over 1000m.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

EDGED AHEAD: Ladies Day Bracelet win­ner num­ber Starante, with Vo Trea­sure com­ing a close sec­ond at Clu­den Park on Satur­day.

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