Doomben races: Isotope scores stunning win in Gold Edition Plate

Isotope produced a performance that left both trainer and jockey stunned, while Away Game left her connections equally impressed as the stage was set for an epic rematch in next month’s Magic Millions Guineas following the Gold Edition Plate at Doomben on Saturday.

Winning jockey Ryan Maloney’s first words to Tony Gollan were “that’s unbelievable”, while the trainer said “I can’t believe she won from there” after Isotope gave Away Game a huge start and ran her down.

Isotope was sent out a $1.50 chance, but you would have taken significantly inflated odds in the run as she drifted much further back than expected.

“The barrier attendant went to get up with her and she just lost it straight away. You just can’t get up with her, it just annoys her,” Maloney said. “Then she stepped slow and didn’t muster at all.”

A thrilling Gold Edition Plate as Isotope lunges at Away Game and nails her on the line!! An ice cold ride from @RMaloney_Jockey for @tonygollan @BrisRacingClub @RaceQLD pic.twitter.com/3Uczkdlmws

Maloney gave himself no hope of winning when heads turned for home and Boss had angled Away Game into clear air and shot her to the front.

“I looked up at the top of the straight, the thing in front of me just kept coming back in my lap … that’s just exceptional,” Maloney said.

“She’s beaten a Group 1 class filly from a position where they just don’t do it at Doomben.”

Maloney rode Alligator Blood and also partnered Nature Strip early in his career and didn’t hesitate to put Isotope alongside the best he’s ridden after Saturday.

“I’ve been on some very handy horses but today she showed herself as being very good,” he said.

Isotope (right) stormed home to pip Away Game on the line in the Gold Edition Plate at Doomben. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

Similarly, Gollan thought Isotope was no hope from back in the field, knowing she was chasing Away Game, winner of this year’s Magic Millions, second in the Golden Slipper and one of the top few two-year-olds in the country last season.

“I thought at the 100m, she was going to run a good second. I gave her a big start and she really rattled. She’s just a bloody good filly,” Gollan said.

“I’ve got no worries with 1400m (of the Guineas) and her relaxing based on that. We can just cool our jets now and wait for Magic Millions day.”

Gollan has formulated a deliberate plan to bypass the January 2 Vo Rogue Plate at Eagle Farm with the Black Soil Bloodstock owned filly and wait for the Guineas a fortnight later.

“I don’t need a 1400m on a firm summer track, a testing 1400m,” he said of the Vo Rogue.

“She doesn’t need that to go to the Gold Coast.

Ryan Maloney was in awe of Isotope’s booming finish. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

“She will have a week on the treadmill, she will still work every day, I will just break the routine up, she had four days out after the last run, it’s something standard we do with her, come back looking good, we will give her a week and maybe a 1000m jumpout and have her ready to go.”

Away Game is also expected to go the Guineas without another run and the stable said she has plenty of improvement to come, an opinion shared by Glen Boss (see Verdict).

Desleigh Forster is bullish about the chances of Apache Chase causing a Guineas boilover after he was best of the rest in third place.

“He just needs to draw a gate,” she said.

SOXAGON FINDS HIS RHYTHM

— Ben Dorries

Former The Courier-Mail sports editor Brian Burke scored his first stakes win with Soxagon, who will now aim for a ticket to the riches of Gold Coast Magic Millions day.

The Mark Currie-trained sprinter was second last in the Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben, but produced a surging finish under the urgings of three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss.

Soxagon will next race in The Buffering at Eagle Farm in a fortnight, with that race offering a golden ticket to the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup, given Soxagon was a home-bred for Burke.

The triumph in the Lough Neagh was a sweet reward for Burke who, when retiring in 2013, decided with his wife Anne to dabble in breeding.

Soxagon came home strongly to salute in the TAB Lough Neagh Stakes at Doomben for Mark Currie and @[email protected] @RaceQLD pic.twitter.com/uAMTA9vgJ1

He picked up Strike On Goal from the Patinack Farm dispersal for $600 and her first two foals were sold and won maiden races, but Soxagon was retained to race.

Soxagon was beaten less than two lengths in stakes company last start and Burke felt the addition of a crossover nose band helped the five-year-old gelding race more generously.

Boss knew what he had to do after studying Soxagon’s videos.

“His form was indifferent but, in a lot of his races, he hadn’t found any rhythm,” Boss said. “The trick was to get him into a good rhythm, it didn’t matter where he was in the run.”

Soxagon was a result for the bookies after being sent out at $13, running down well-backed Emerald Kingdom ($7.50 into $5.50) with Outback Barbie filling third spot.

Glen Boss rode Soxagon to victory in the Lough Neath Stakes at Doomben. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

■ Stewards didn’t have to ask any questions of trainer Jason Edwards after Kaoru King made it two from two for the stale in the Ratings Band 0-70 Handicap.

Kaoru King won as he liked first-up at Toowoomba, after which stewards asked Edwards to explain the improved performance. The trainer noted it was his first run for the stable after returning from an inferior check ligament injury.

Edwards has taken his time with the four-year-old, who is filling the void left by his sister Kaoru Princess, who broke down at Dalby in September.

“(Owner) Helen Yeates had a horse with me many years ago and she gave me this horse’s sister to train,” he said.

“Then she gave me this one and I’ve just brought him along slowly with that injury in mind.”

Kaoru King led throughout under Andrew Spinks, beating the $2.80 favourite Derulo.

THE VERDICT

— Nathan Exelby

BOSS BACKS AWAY GAME TO HIT BACK

Ladbrokes slashed Isotope’s Magic Millions Guineas odds to $2.80 after her spectacular Gold Edition Plate win, but rival jockey Glen Boss is hardly conceding after piloting Away Game into second.

In fact, Boss is adamant the result will be reversed come Millions day, despite Away Game being rated only $6.50 in the Ladbrokes market.

“She (Isotope) won’t beat us again, we were only first-up today,” Boss insisted.

Away Game worked a little to cross early, before securing a trail and then edging into the clear and looking the probable winner until Isotope descended.

Isotope’s trainer Tony Gollan has had reason to take special interest in Away Game for more than two years, so he took particular notice of her in the yard on Saturday.

“I was underbidder on Away Game as a yearling,” he said. “She’s a beautiful filly and I’ve watched her all the way through. She looked pretty ready to me and when she kicked off the dip … I’ve trained a lot of winners at Doomben and when they get that nice run on pace and they kick off the dip, you put the cheque in the bank most of the time.

“My filly has done an outstanding job to get her down.”

Glen Boss is confident Isotope (outside) won’t be Away Game again. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

BOSS DELIVERS AGAIN

Glen Boss delivered a masterly display to land the Abbie Sweeper Handicap on Pull Anchor at Doomben, as the 11-year-old the race was named after watched on excitedly.

Abbie became a tetraplegic when she fell from a horse in July last year.

She now requires constant medical attention, which requires a huge amount of funding.

A fundraising page, ridingfor-abbie.com, has been set up and the racing industry is doing its best to raise awareness and funding for the young girl and her family.

Sky Thoroughbred Central, in conjunction with the Brisbane Racing Club, is running the Summer Racing Legends series – featuring trainers, jockeys and other sportsmen, including Jeff Horn – in association with the Riding for Abbie cause.

“It’s all about the future for her,” Abbie’s dad, Russell, said.

“We’re not going to be around all the time and we want to be able to provide for her future.”

Abbie would love to move back to her home near Laidley, but for now, she has been domiciled in Brisbane city, near the Queensland Children’s Hospital, only being allowed to return home for day trips.

Russell said Abbie is not fond of the city unit, preferring the view from her former home.

“She just loved going home. She went home recently just to put the Christmas tree up and she loved it,” he said.

Abbie has a loving affection for horses and has even designed a set of her own colours, in conjunction with North Queensland trainer Bonnie Thomson.

The colours were worn in most races on Saturday, including Luke Dittman on Veranes in Abbie’s race.

Glen Boss with Abbie Sweeper and her dad Russell after Abbie Sweeper won at Doomben. Picture Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR MILLIONS

Magic Millions officials are still working on Plan A but are ready for any contingencies that may need to be adopted should the COVID situation in NSW worsen come January.

The raceday is under no threat at the present time, but if the border restrictions continue to evolve, it could present more local jockeys with opportunities on January 16 should the big names from Sydney not be permitted to ride.

The January sale, which grossed $190 million this year, is under no threat of proceeding either, but it will present officials with some headaches if leading trainers and buyers from Sydney are locked out.

“Right now we’re going forward as planned. Obviously we’re watching with great interest what restrictions evolve and the learnings from those restrictions,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“In the background we’re working on Plans B, C and D, but Plan A is obviously the ideal plan and the one we’re working towards.”

“We have our vendors’ best interests at heart with whatever decision is made going forward.”

Bloodstock sales in Australia held up remarkably well this year amid the travel restrictions, including Sydney’s showpiece Easter sale and Magic Millions June National Sale, with technology bringing as much information as possible into the homes of potential buyers.

“We are able to use technology and provide a service which is going to be used anyway given internationals aren’t going to be in attendance,” Bowditch said.

“Everything is possible and everything is on the table for buyers to bid and make an informed opinion about each lot in the sale.”

Trainer Lindsay Hatch was full of praise for apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor at Doomben. Picture: Kevin FarmerSource:News Regional Media

PARTY TIME

Lindsay Hatch gave his new apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor a good rap after Let’s Party Marty gave his rivals a caning in the Benchmark 75 Handicap, despite Bobby El-Issa taking over from the youngster on Saturday.

Hatch has a proven record with apprentices, having mentored reigning Premier rider Baylee Nothdurft, and he’s got high hopes for his latest acquisition too.

“My apprentice rode (Let’s Party Marty) through the week and declared him,” Hatch said.

Wilson-Taylor was originally from Coffs Harbour and has made an immediate impact in his new surrounds, piloting 23 winners from his first 81 rides in Queensland.

“He’s a lovely young kid and he’s going terrific at the moment,” Hatch said.

El-Issa only secured the ride after two other jockeys knocked back the offer from Hatch.

FLAWED SYSTEM

More evidence of the ridiculous appeals system in action.

With QCAT shutting down from last Friday until Monday January 4, stewards will not give jockeys found guilty of a riding offence a definitive penalty until nine days before January 4.

The reason being that it denies them their rights to seek a stay of proceedings.

So for the next couple of weeks, stewards can find a jockey guilty of a riding offence, but not hand down a penalty.

It gets better. Jockeys can still, however, choose for the penalty to be handed down and waive their rights of appeal.

Would it not be better just to agree a stay is granted, given QCAT just ticks them all off anyway?

Racing Minister Grace Grace needs to make the first move of her new tenure in the role and fastrack the reform measures that have been agreed to so the whole laughable system can be put in the shade.

JACK ATTACK

Jack Pakis’ knack of finding a handy tried horse out of Sydney seems to have continued with Agassi, who notched his second win for the owner in the Class 6 Handicap (1615m).

Pakis gave $115,000 for Agassi at an online sale in June and cashed an early return when he won at Randwick in July, before picking up another $42,700 on Saturday.

After winning at Randwick, he was transferred from Anthony Cummings to Diane Murphy, who handles most of the Pakis purchases, including former Godolphin galloper Peacock, who won a Rocky Newmarket for the combination.

STICK SOLID

Glen Boss suggested punters shouldn’t wipe Phaistos as a middle distance type, despite failing to run down Get Stuck In on Saturday. Boss told Godolphin’s Nacim Dilmi that Phaistos would take plenty of benefit from his first middle distance attempt. “That run will season him up. He just died on his run the last 100m,” Boss said after suggesting Phaistos was going to win by a small margin before his run petered out.

Originally published as‘Unbelievable’ Isotope leaves Gollan in awe

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