No horse who has snared a wildcard Gold Coast Magic Millions ticket has ever won on the rich day but Godolphin galloper Roheryn will try to buck the trend after surging home to score the Listed Falvelon Quality.
The Blue Army launched a three-pronged attack on the Falvelon (1200m) and it was Roheryn who kept his perfect first-up record intact as Michael Rodd launched him from last to gun down leader The Odyssey.
It meant the James Cummings-trained galloper, who has now won five from five first-up, snared a wildcard ticket into the $1 million Snippets (1200m) on Magic Millions Day next month.
Godolphin went close to winning the Snippets in January when Isaurian ran second to Madam Rouge and they will now try to go one better in 2021.
Godolphin’s travelling foreman Nacim Dilmi said the key to Roheryn was just letting him find his rhythm rather than trying to bustle him in a race.
“At the top of the straight the leader (The Odyssey) looked to be the winner but it was a nice patient ride from Michael and that was great to see,” he said.
Melbourne Cup winning rider Rodd said he didn’t think he would be back last and was concerned at different stages of the race.
“He is a momentum horse … on straightening up they all sprinted and he got left behind and hit a flat spot,” Rodd said.
“But it was a very brave effort and he was very strong to the line.”
Roheryn narrowly foiled a long-priced plunge on The Odyssey who was $21 on Saturday morning but started $8.
The rest of the Godolphin brigade in the Falvelon — Isaurian (3rd) and Viridine (4th) — are now likely to head back to Sydney for races there.
The Elanora, ridden by Glen Boss, wins the Grand Prix Stakes at Eagle Farm. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
WAYWARD ELANORA CLASS ABOVE RIVALS
The Elanora is Australian Derby bound with trainer Chris Waller confident after jockey Glen Boss said the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes winner could have brained his Eagle Farm opposition by eight lengths.
The winning margin was only a length-and-a-quarter, but lightly raced The Elanora was a bit erratic late.
Boss said if he hadn’t been, he would have put a serious gap on his rivals.
“He was deadset going to win by a big space, he was going to win by eight lengths,” Boss said.
“But he lost where his opposition was and he idled back. He started slowing down and was still way too good.”
The Elanora is named after one of colourful advertising guru John Singleton’s many pubs, and it was drinks all around for punters who backed the favourite.
The superbly bred colt was sent out a drifting $2.35 favourite, but supporters barely raised a sweat after triple Melbourne Cup winner Boss sent him to the lead from a wide gate.
He then let a couple go past him, ending up in the perfect position in third, and Boss sat as quiet as a church mouse in the Eagle Farm straight before pushing the go button.
“He is still learning what it is all about and he didn’t know how to really put them to the sword, but with better opposition, he is going to get better,” Boss said.
“He is a really nice colt.
“He’s got terrific gate speed and you can put him into a race and he relaxes very quickly for you.”
Waller will give The Elanora 10 days off and then target the Group 1 Randwick and Rosehill Guineas in March before the big goal of the Australian Derby at Randwick the following month.
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The Grand Prix (2200m) was traditionally held as a Queensland Derby lead-up in the winter but has been moved to a summer timeslot, with Waller saying it suits his team to have attractive black-type targets all year round.
After watching the Grand Prix win, Waller’s Queensland stable manager Paul Shailer said he felt The Elanora would be better suited to chasing horses in the future but was a “class animal and was destined for bigger things”.
Originally published asSurging Roheryn nabs golden ticket
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