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Friday, January 1, 2010
Catch us if you can, says Baldwin
'He is the fastest horse I have trained and can sustain
that speed for a long way . . . There is no use fighting
his instinct.' Trainer BARRY BALDWIN on Burdekin Blues
SPEED machine Burdekin Blues will
be allowed to do what he does best --
Gold Coast on Saturday.
Trainer Barry Baldwin has learnt
his lesson about trying to contain
the free-running sprinter and will
use the 900-metre dash as a final
lead-up for the group 1 Lightning
Stakes at Flemington on January 30.
There the five-year-old will rep-
resent Queensland against the best
sprinters in the land and US raider
Cannonball, but Saturday is crucial
to the plan to have him at his top in
''We were going to give him a [bar-
rier] trial before the Lightning but
this race was there and a month out
from the Lightning it worked out
perfectly,'' Baldwin said.
''He races best a little fresh and we
need to keep him up to the mark. He
is already a winner at listed level,
group 3 and group 2 but we really
want that group 1. Hopefully it will
come this preparation.''
Baldwin admitted he made a mis-
take with the son of Sequalo at his
latest group 1 run in the Newmarket
Handicap at Flemington in March.
''We tried to hold him up and it
didn't work,'' he said. ''He went for
400m and choked down because he
wanted to run.
''He is the fastest horse I have
trained and can sustain that speed
for a long way and that's why we ride
him like we do now. There is no use
fighting his instinct.''
Burdekin Blues has won his past
three on end, breaking his rivals'
hearts with sheer speed despite car-
rying big weights on each occasion.
The jump-and-run attitude was
there for all to see in the George
Moore Stakes when it was expected he
would struggle to lead from gate 10.
He jumped to the front and the
closest the rest got to him was the
three-quarters of a length that Zero
Rock was away from him on the line.
He clocked one minute 8.05
seconds, only two-tenths of a
second outside Takeover Target's
Doomben 1200m track record.
Burdekin Blues will lump 61kg at
the Gold Coast, giving his closest
rival Azzaland 5.5kg, while his sta-
blemate Simplest, a sprinter owned
in the same interests, will resume
with 54.5kg in the Bat Out Of Hell.
''He [Simplest] needs a run to get
ready for the [Magic Millions] Sprint
next week,'' Baldwin said. ''He was
very unlucky in that race last year
when he ran fourth.''
Baldwin is looking forward to Ma-
gic Millions day with filly Demanding
Miss in the two-year-olds' classic.
''There are no standouts this year
and the race looks wide open,'' he
said. ''If she draws a gate I think she
will be right in it. She has won and
has been beaten by that unbeaten
filly [Military Rose] and was un-
lucky on both occasions. I'm very
happy with her and positive about
her running a big race.''
Owners aiming to strike gold up north with Kenny's World
Tough luck . . . Gold Trail has drawn badly in New Zealand. Photo: Jenny Evans
THE owners of Kenny's World are
hoping to celebrate the extension of
their lease on the five-year-old with
victory in the Goldmarket Handicap
at the Gold Coast on Friday.
Trainer Graeme Murray put
together a syndicate of friends
from the Star Hotel at Milton for
Kenny's World, and it has been a
great ride as the gelding has won
seven of his 17 starts.
The syndicate's aim was to win a
race at Kembla Grange, which he
did at his first start, and Kenny's
World has progressed through his
grades to race at black type level
''We have had a lot of fun with
him,'' Murray said. ''Dad [trainer
Bede Murray] agreed to extend
the lease, which finished at the
end of the year. Everyone is happy
about that, and the perfect way to
celebrate would be on the Gold
Coast with a win. They have all
come up here for New Year's and
Kenny's World has put in two
good runs during his Queensland
campaign and will reach his peak
for the Goldmarket.
The trainer said Kenny's World
had improved since running in third
to Ghetto Blaster in the Lough
Neagh Stakes two weeks ago when
he raced three-wide for the trip.
''I left him up here with Howard
Norman and he thinks he has found
a couple of lengths with him,'' Murray
said. ''When I got back here the other
day he looked great, and the wet
track will not be a worry for him.
''He has drawn [gate] 14 but we
will push forward from there and
hope to get in somewhere this time.
If he does I think we will be having
a big party.''
Tough trail for Portelli
A wide draw has dented the
confidence of trainer Gary Portelli
with Gold Trail heading into the
group 1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie
on Friday. The Australian sprinter
drew barrier 17, but Michael Rodd
will be given instructions to press
''I can't draw a gate at the
moment, so I should have expected
it,'' Portelli said. ''I think we have to
go forward and hope.''
Gold Trail drifted to $6 with TAB
Sportsbet after the horror draw.
Reigning New Zealand horse of
the year Mufhasa is the $5
Sydney's premier jockey Hugh
Bowman will ride $15 chance Atapi
in the Railway, but his main hope for
the afternoon is Sterling Prince in
the group 2 City Of Auckland Cup.
Martin tries name change
Tim Martin will hoping that a new
name will bring a new attitude for
Metric Mile at Rosehill on Saturday.
The Encosta De Lago three-year-
old was set for his first start at
Newcastle on Boxing Day but had to
be scratched when he was unable
to be saddled.
He was known as Rowley Mile,
after the famous course at
Newmarket in England, and was
confidently backed from $15 to
$3.80 before coming out.
He steps up in grade to a
benchmark-75 race at Rosehill but
could be one to keep an eye on.
Glyn back in saddle
Former South African jockey Glyn
Schofield is itching to get back in
the saddle on Friday after a couple
of weeks on the sidelines with a
He is still walking with a limp but
nothing was going to stop him from
taking the ride on Court in the
listed Carrington Stakes at
''It's actually easier for me to
ride than walk because there is no
pressure going [on the heel],''
''I did it in a barrier trial in mid-
December and I can tell you
nothing makes you hungrier than
missing a couple of weeks.''
Schofield rode Court to third
first-up from a spell and watched
on as she was disappointing in the
Razor Sharp Handicap at
Randwick two weeks ago.
''On her best form this race
would be ideal for her and if she
runs up to that first run I think she
will be in the finish,'' he said.
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