Gosford preview: Guineas favourite Forbidden Love on Magic Millions path

Forbidden Love and On The White Turf give trainers Richard and Michael Freedman the opportunity to snare the feature race double at Gosford on Tuesday.

Promising filly Forbidden Love, a Group 1 placegetter at Flemington on Derby Day, has been installed $2.80 favourite on TAB Fixed Odds for the Listed $150,000 Gosford Guineas (1200m).

Form mare On The White Turf has earned her chance at stakes level for the Group 3 $160,000 Belle of the Turf Stakes (1600m).

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With Michael Freedman staying in the Hunter Valley for the next two weeks so he can be cleared to attend the Magic Millions Yearling Sale next month, Richard is looking after both stable bases at Randwick and Rosehill.

“I did trackwork at both stables this morning – it’s not ideal but I will need to do that over the next month while Michael is away,’’ Freedman said.

“Forbidden Love is at our Randwick stables and I wanted to watch her work before ducking out to Rosehill for On The White Turf. It makes for an early start and long mornings but I’m very happy with both horses going to Gosford.’’

The talented Forbidden Love comes off a very good spring carnival campaign that included minor placings in the Furious Stakes and Heritage Stakes before her all-the-way win in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality.

Forbidden Love wins the Reginald Allen Quality at Randwick in October. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The Freedman brothers then gave Forbidden Love her chance in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes over 1600m against mares where she led for home before finishing third, beaten only a half-length behind Shout The Bar.

“She ran a great race in the Group 1 before we gave her three weeks off,’’ Freedman said.

“But she didn’t lose any of her fitness in three weeks and is going really well. We are setting her for the Magic Millions (3YO) Guineas.’’

Forbidden Love has drawn out in barrier eight and likes to lead in her races but there is a stack of speed both inside and outside the filly.

Malkovich, The Face, Belieber and Marsannay have natural early speed which will ensure the Guineas is run at a genuine tempo.

The Bjorn Baker-trained Malkovich has shown dazzling speed to lead throughout to score easily at Hawkesbury and Canterbury and from barrier three is expected to hold the rail.

“Malkovich is an exciting horse, he has speed to burn,’’ Baker said.

“He is stepping up in grade for Gosford but he has returned a better horse this preparation.’’

Freedman said Forbidden Love is versatile enough to either settle on the speed or take a sit.

“We would like to be up near the lead but we will probably have to let Malkovich and a couple of others go,’’ the trainer said.

Freedman is hoping On The White Turf can bring her excellent Canterbury form to Gosford for the Belle of the Turf Stakes.

On The White Turf, part-owned by Sky Sports Radio presenter Dave Stanley, has won two of her last starts at Canterbury, coming with powerful, wide runs to overwhelm her rivals.

“For a ‘run-on’ horse on The White Turf seems to fire best on the smaller, tighter tracks,’’ Freedman said.

“It’s too hard to tell whether Gosford is going to help her or not but there should be enough pace to give her the chance to be running on strongly at the finish.’’

The Freedmans also have Dinado entered for the Beaches Surf School Handicap (1600m) and First Footman is in The Joker and Thief Terrigal Handicap (1600m).

“Dinado is a handy mare who ran well first-up but she might need another run,’’ Freedman said.

“First Footman is a stayer but we might wait for Nowra on Thursday.’’


Trainer Theresa Bateup is hoping to capitalise on a career-best four winners at the Sapphire Coast last weekend and celebrate a stakes success from stable star Monegal in the Group 3 $160,000 Belle of the Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford on Tuesday.

Bateup had a memorable day at Sunday’s Sapphire Coast meeting with wins from River Charge, Alan, Halliday Road and Yote Amo Maria.

“It was one of those days where on paper I thought I had some good chances but I never dreamt of winning four races,’’ Bateup said.

“The Sapphire Coast meetings are never easy, it’s tough where ever you go, and I would have been happy to go there and get one winner.

“If Monegal can finish in the top four at Gosford and get some ‘black type’ next to her name, it would be the icing on the cake.’’

Trainer Theresa Bateup is hoping to continue her winning at Gosford on Tuesday. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

Monegal, who cost just $3000 as a yearling and has won seven of her 32 starts to earn more than $330,000 prizemeony, is at $17 for her Group race debut. The Mark Newnham-trained Fulmina is the $3.80 favourite.

Bateup said the barrier draw which has Monegal starting from gate 12 (after the emergencies come out) is actually a bonus for her mare.

“Monegal tends to get back in her races and Gosford is one of those tracks where three-deep with cover is a good spot for her,’’ Bateup said.

“At Randwick last start, the inside barrier was probably her undoing. James McDonald said he was very happy with her effort but just when she needed to get going under her big weight she didn’t have a lot of room.’’

Monegal’s only previous run this campaign was an impressive first-up win at The Gong meeting at Kembla Grange late last month.

Bateup has had designs on the Belle of the Turf Stakes since that win although the trainer flirted briefly with the idea of running her in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes earlier this month.

“I just felt the Villiers was coming up a run too soon and it was going to be a deep race,’’ Bateup said. “So, I concentrated on Gosford and she is at her peak for this race.’’

The Belle of the Turf Stake has been the goal for Monegal this campaign. Picture: Mark Evans/AAP ImageSource:AAP

Bateup also has emerging filly Divine Breath lining up in the Listed $160,000 Gosford Guineas (1200m).

“She is a nice filly but whether she is quite seasoned enough at this stage is the query,’’ Bateup said. “It is a throw at the stumps but she is a well-bred filly and you don’t get too many opportunities to have a crack at black type.

“We can get a gauge on her and where she stands. We can always come back in grade if she doesn’t measure up.’’

Originally published asGosford preview: Guineas first, Millions next for Love

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