Filly's win caps nice week for Whittington
TRAINER Trevor Whittington capped off a successful 48 hours but jockey Don Barron pulled the wrong rein when Gift Of The Day broke through at the Gold Coast his afternoon.
Whittington produced an impressive debut winner Run With Me at Thursday’s Gold Coast meeting and just missed out at Doomben on Wednesday when another first-starter Octavius just went under in the last stride.
“We’ve had a couple of good days and Octavius was unlucky not to win as well in Brisbane the other days as he baulked at the big television screen and it’s cost him the race,’’ he said.
Whittington had two starters in today’s Bendigo Bank QTIS 3YO F&M Maiden Hcp (900m) - Gift Of The Day lining up for her eighth race start and Stromberg Carlson filly Magari’s Dream making her debut.
Barron had ridden Gift Of The Day in three of her previous four starts, but elected to partner Magari’s Dream.
Barron rode Magari’s Dream in a recent Gold Coast barrier trial when second to runaway winner High On Believing.
“Don had his choice of the two and decided to go with Magari’s Dream,’’ said Whittington. “And Magari’s Dream had no luck at all today and should have probably run second.’’
Terry Treichel took the ride on Gift Of The Day ($2.40 fav) who led from the jump and had 2-1/4 lengths to spare at the finish. Fascia ($2.60) made ground for second, with Alena’s Ark ($16) 2-1/4 lengths away in third.
Gift Of The Day is raced by Jennifer Yates and Greg Monaghan who paid only $6000 for the Red Dazzler filly at the 2010 Magic Millions sale.
“Her dam Fairy Queen (by King Ivor) was a pretty handy mare who won quite a few races for Kaye Tinsley,’’ said Whittington.
Story: Neil Archer
Photo: Trackside Photography Pty Ltd