Gosford tips: Form stacks up for Quinton’s Girl

Our Girl Sniti has some of the best formlines around her in the country as she heads to Gosford looking for a first win for trainer Ron Quinton.

The Snitzel three-year-old has ran into Libertini, Akari, Standout, Funstar and Probabeel to date but those Group 1 performers won’t be there to chase in the Maiden Handicap (1600m) on Wednesday.

“That’s what you crash into sometimes,” Quinton said. “She’s a beautifully bred filly out of a Savabeel mare and she’s sound.”

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Trainer Ron Quinton said the big weight should not bother Our Girl Sniti at Gosford. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Our Girl Sniti ran into the promising Sea Of Life first-up on the Kensington track when running third and Robbie Dolan rides her again from barrier three, where she should get an ideal run.

“She ran well the other day and the two horses that beat her have both come out and won which is good,” Quinton said. “Admittedly, she had no weight (51.5kg) and now she’s second top weight (56.5kg) but I don’t think it will bother her. She’s a big filly.

“I expect the mile to be suitable for her. It’s good to see her back on track a bit after losing her way a little bit for a while. She’s good and happy.”

Empress Bea couldn’t have been more impressive for Quinton when she broke her maiden at start two and she’s back to the scene of the crime in a Class 1 Handicap (1000m).

After winning easy by 3½ lengths last time, she should handle the step up in class.



BEST BET: MO’S CROWN (Race 5, No.1)

He bolted in a trial which was good to see and he’s been given a much easier assignment than usual here to start his autumn preparation. Class can get him home.


This horse has been running into Group 1 types so a step back to provincial grade should help her secure a win and she’s very fit now.


In a field of mainly first starters, we’ll take a chance on her. I liked the way she finished off her latest trial and she might come over the top of them late.



Race 4: 1, 2, 5

Race 5: 1, 4, 5

Race 6: 3, 6, 8

Race 7: 1, 5, 7, 14


ANTHONY CUMMINGS can have success with the likes of Rover, Watching, Aunty, Donnachiara and Strange Charm.


BRENTON AVDULLA only has three rides but Tombstone, Kumasi and Aniamte are all genuine winning chances.


Brenton Avdulla has three good chances at Gosford. Picture: AAPSource:AAP


“She won very well,” Quinton said. “At her first start (12th) she led and they went too fast. Then she got a nasty whack after straightening and she panicked.

“I took her back to the trials and she trialled really well so I was expecting a good run.

“The form behind her probably wasn’t super but she’s always shown me a bit. She was able to dash way when asked last start.”

Quinton ideally wanted to find another 1200m race for her after three weeks between runs there should be enough speed in her legs for Wednesday’s sprint.

“It doesn’t bother me much but she’s coming back from 1200m to 1000m,” he said. “She’s in good order and is rock-hard fit. There’s not much between the field in the ratings so if she repeats her last start she should run well.”

Media Starguest is one of two first starters for Quinton on Wednesday and he is the most promising in the second race over 1000m.

“He’s a very good type,” he said.

“His two trials this time in have been good. We gave him a good rev up in his last trial to make sure he knew what he was doing and the two horses that beat him had very good form.

“He should have leant a lot out of that. They might be a bit sharp for him at the 1000m.”

Quinton isn’t sure Alchermes can win the third race on debut but she’ll learn a lot from it.

“It’s taken us a while to get her to this stage,” he said. “She’s had a couple of quite trials to educate her properly. If she can run a competitive race I’ll be more than happy. She’ll get a nice run in her fist race.”

Meantime, Ian Cook’s preparation of his Snitzel four-year-old Successor typifies the commitment trainers have to their horses. The chestnut will race at Gosford in a Benchmark 64 Handicap (1200m) and a win would be worth the effort for the Armidale trainer.

“He had a few joint issues so I work him on the sand at Inverell. I don’t train him at Armidale,” Cook said. “It’s a 260km round trip just to work him but he goes pretty good over there.”

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Successor earned a crack at provincial level by causing an upset last start at Grafton when he led all the way in very wet conditions as a $41 chance.

“I’d like the track to be heavy for him. He prefers it heavy but you’ve got to take what you can get. A soft track will also suit him,” Cook said. “We didn’t really expect him to win that race because it was in Open company but he surprised us a bit.

“Everyone was glad with the win and we’re all just hoping he can go on with it. Mikayla has ridden him before and she’s a capable rider.

“We’re up against a few blokes that can train down that way.”

Institution is Cook’s other runner on the card, in a Class 1 Handicap (1000m), and he’s only won once from 23 attempts but has ran second on seven occasions including last time at Tamworth.

“He’s always thereabouts and always tries but he just seems to find one better,” Cook said.

“He doesn’t like a heavy track and we found out that he’s a lot better with his runs spaced. It takes him a week to get over a run but when he comes good again he’s bouncing out of his skin. We just try to keep him fresh.”

Cook’s other horse, Lord Magnussen, looks promising and he’ll next run at Tamworth’s Country Championships race day on Sunday week.


RACE 1 (1.30pm)

Tombstone shouldn’t have an issue running out this trip and is fourth-up off a second placing at Newcastle last time. It’s the first tight track he’s raced on in his short career. Donnachiara was sent to bush for a kill which would have helped her confidence and she’s well placed coming back to the provincials. She will look to grind this out and outstay them. Auburn Boy could possibly lead this race and the track condition looks perfect for him.


RACE 2 (2.05pm)

Kumasi looked the goods in his only barrier trial when winning over 742m. It looks like he will produce a fine turn of foot and a slightly rain-affected track should not bother him based on his breeding. Ron Quinton has an opinion of first starter Media Starguest but the 1000m might be a little too sharp for him. Absolutely Foxy has to be the one to beat on form after running a close fourth behind Prime Star in the $2m Inglis Millennium. If she holds that third-up, she just about wins. Deniki has been trialling well before her debut run and the stable/jockey combination must be respected. Stunning To Win should give a good sight after two winning trials.

BET: Exacta 5, 2.

RACE 3 (2.40pm)

Smart Success was driven out to win her latest trial but the Waterhouse/Bott stable has thrown the blinkers on since as she lines up for start one. She should go even better when it counts. Daphine Jean has been given a good education at the trials and she should race honest on debut and a wet track wouldn’t hurt. Once given a nudge, you couldn’t be happier with the way Blazing Mac finished off her latest trial. She will likely sit off the speed from a wider gate and get home pretty well. High Academy may be the X-factor horse here


Our Girl Sniti has solid form around boom filly Libertini (above). Picture: AAPSource:AAP

RACE 4 (3.15pm)

The form around Our Girl Sniti reads Libertini, Standout, Funstar and Sea Of Life, so we can forgive her for not winning yet. This is her day without a top-line runner to face. She was only half a length off Sea Of Life last time so she’s going quite well. Strange Charm was also only half a length off the winner in town last start so this step back in grade can only help. Unamerican will sit on the speed and is bred to be even better now over a mile and he just keeps improving with each run.


RACE 5 (3.50pm)

Empress Bea couldn’t have been more impressive in winning last time at this track and she hasn’t gone backwards since. The only query is that she’s dropping back in trip from 1200m to 1000m. Deep Crystal was able to produce a fine turn of foot to win last start by nearly 4½ lengths after being ridden off the speed so expect the same here. The Jason Coyle stable has always had a high opinion of Mo’s Crown, hence the fact they ran him in the Group 2 Run to the Rose alongside Bivouac, Yes Yes Yes and Exceedance. His last trial was a gem, too. Front Money is another hope.

BET: MO’S CROWN to win.

RACE 6 (4.25pm)

Surreal Step’s last run was in a Listed race in the spring. He’s now with Team Hawkes who are giving him an easier start to his new preparation. His lead-up trial looked very classy under a good hold. He’s ready to produce fresh. Moccasin Miss is going along great win a win and three placings this time in and last start she was beaten by a progressive horse. She will test them again. Brazilica comes out of a top form race and this is by far the easier test she’s been given in a while.


RACE 7 (5.05pm)

Rover can bounce back after a disappointing result when striking a heavy track for the first time at Warwick Farm. He’s going from 1200m to 1600m which is a query but he’s always wanted more ground. Animate smacked them last start over 1400m and the step up in trip won’t hurt. He’s a promising type. Parche broke through last start and the confidence from that will take her a long way here and Tommy Berry sticks. Glamour Fox drops in grade and 1600m now is ideal.

BET: ANIMATE to win.

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