Paul Duncan will press ahead with spring plans for dual G1 winner Say No More
despite a costly first-up defeat at Doomben on Saturday.
Say No More
felt the pinch under her big weight of 61 kilograms before finishing fifth to
Whateverwhenever in the Coca Cola Handicap (1350m).
The Liam Birchley-trained
Whateverwhenever finished powerfully to edge out Koranovsky by three-quarters
of a length with a further 1-1/2 length to Cindarockinrella.
trains on the Sunshine Coast after deciding to move from New Zealand in
Say No More
is being aimed at the G1 Myer Classic at Flemington after proving herself at elite level by winning the G1 Thorndon
Mile (1600m) in January and G1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1600m) in
Those wins took Duncan's G1 tally to four
after claiming the 2003 Wellington Cup with Oarsman and last year's New Zealand
Oaks with Midnight Oil.
always wary of the big weight Say No More was allotted in her Australian debut
and may rethink the five-year-old's lead-up program to the Myer Classic.
going to run her next in the Angst Stakes but I might have another
look at the program," Duncan said.
felt the 61kg first-up and even though the Angst is a set weights and penalties
race she might still have to carry a lot of weight in it."
Rosie Myers wasn't disappointed with the
Kiwi mare's effort.
was fairly obvious the 61kg took its toll but I wasn't disappointed with her
run," Myers said.
Trainer Kelso Wood predicted better things for
Someday following the gelding's win in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1350m).
ridden by Michael Cahill, cruised to an
easy 2-1/4 length win over Gunner Knox with Marked a further half head away
"He's a good horse and I think he can go
on and win in open company," Wood said.
"There was a bit of competitive ridingout there but luckily he was going well enough and got through that gap
in the straight," Wood said.
jockey Michael Cahill was left with a lasting impression after the son of Falvelon
took his record to four wins and three seconds from seven starts.
"He was always travelling within himself
and when I pressed the button he let down well," Cahill said.
"Obviously he's a pretty smart horse but he's
in the right hands and who knows what heights he can reach."
Racing Queensland webnews September 23