Doomben: Startantes eclipses her hapless Prince Of Boom in 3YO Plate
The focus was on the three-year-old Prince Of Boom and Alpine Edge clash, but the unannounced Startantes filly eclipsed them to write a new chapter in trainer Rob Heathcote’s incredible story with the family of gallopers.
Heathcote kicked off his family love affair with Cantantes when his career began two decades ago and he is still reaping the rewards today after his talented filly had a dream race in the 125,000 flat. $ 3YO to claim victory in the shadow of the post.
With Prince Of Room hoisting the white flag down the straight after interference early in the race, Heathcote could have been forgiven for thinking it was all over after Alpine Edge looked almost certain to win.
With a daring run on the inside, however, jockey Taylor Marshall managed to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.
After an impressive midweek victory, Heathcote said Startantes left their disappointing Eagle Farm race behind.
“I don’t think she gave up on the trail (at Eagle Farm), although she was successful at Eagle Farm before, she traveled smoothly this time around and just never gave up,” Heathcote said.
“I took her to Doomben and she regained her confidence with the blinders on, I didn’t hesitate to put Taylor Marshall on who drove her with a beautiful and patient over there today.
“I thought the bird might have flown, but to see those black and pink silks growing inside, there are happy owners out there.
“It’s a family that has been close and dear to me for 20 years, my entire career since I had Funtantes for the first time and a few others, what a wonderful family it was and now they have left us this cracker. “
Heathcote was happy to forgive Prince Of Boom’s fourth place finish after interfering early in the race.
“At first it was a bit disappointing, it looked like he had struggled a bit under 59kg,” he said.
This sparked a heated investigation from the marshals, Jim Byrne (Princess Bojack) and Luke Dittman (Prince Of Boom) were asked to explain their actions at the start of the race.
As the pair vied for position, the Stewards asked the pair about their practice match which saw both horses perform well below their best.
“Of course I’m going to try to make him work, he’s the favorite,” Byrne told the stewards.
“I was alone on the fence and then his horse (Dittman) starts hitting me, which makes me pull my horse out.
“In the end, none of my actions were completely reckless. We play chess, he’s the favorite and I want to beat him so I had to make him work.
“Where’s the vet’s report?” I’ll guarantee he’ll say my horse galloped, it wasn’t because of my actions because my actions were fluid, (Dittman’s) actions were not.
“I take offense when we even talk about my actions being negligent or amounting to inappropriate conduct.”
The Commissioners eventually accepted Dittman and Byrne’s arguments without either of them being suspended.
The Gollan is the key to the auction for Kyle’s title
Apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor knows how important first coach Tony Gollan is in his quest to win a title this season and the pair got off to a good start with talented gallopers The Move and Miami Fleiss at Doomben on Saturday.
Wilson-Taylor traveled to Brisbane from Toowoomba twice a week to work for Gollan, leaving his home at 2 a.m. but said days like Saturday were worth it.
The Move kicked off their campaign with dominance in the Benchmark 75 Handicap (1050m) before Miami Fleiss put the icing on the cake in the Fillies and Mares Class 6 Handicap (1200m).
After missing the first two weeks of the new season, Wilson-Taylor has stepped up a gear as he seeks to chase Jaden Lloyd and Leah Kilner for the Apprenticeship title.
“He (Gollan) can make a runner, so I’m very lucky to have these opportunities,” Wilson-Taylor said.
“I am working hard, I am not in a position where I think I can just show up and earn it, so I will continue to work hard and I hope these opportunities continue to present themselves.”
Gollan supported Baylee Nothdurft to a role as premier jockeys in 2019-20, the first apprentice to win the title since Zac Purton in 2003.
Gollan has a high opinion of the two gallopers
“I came here with supreme confidence,” Gollan said of Miami Fleiss.
Gollan will take some time to think about The Move’s next task.
“He’s always been a very talented horse… he has a great future,” he said.
Originally published as Filly eclipses her hapless stablemate Prince Of Boom