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Champagne Stakes, Listed : Ellerslie - 20th April 2019

Quick Thinker wins Champagne Stakes Listed NZ$50,000 at Ellerslie, 1600m.

Champagne Stakes, Listed : Ellerslie - 20th April 2019

Quick Thinker wins Champagne Stakes Listed NZ$50,000 at Ellerslie, 1600m.

Quick Thinker winning the Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes
Quick Thinker winning the Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes Picture:Trish Dunell

The Baker-Forsman training team look to have a nice staying type for next season judging by the way Quick Thinker Horseform ran out the 1600m at just his second start. He was a little slow into stride but recovered to sit outside the pace inside the 1200m, retaining that position to the 600m.

Jockey Matthew Cameron inched him closer turning in then went up to co-lead at the 300m, took over soon after and never looked like being headed, edging further in front by three quarters of a length at the line.


Ranger Horseform led from the start and by more than a length at the 800m, was not caught until the home straight and although headed kept going very well to hold second by a long neck.

Rendition Horseform was in behind the leading three turning in, got a little bump at the 200m but recovered and ran on fairly for third from Checkers, who was also in behind the leaders and ran on well even when denied a run at the 100m next to the fence for fourth.


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R4 ELLERSLIE 20 April 2019
Champagne Stakes 2 , 1600m PLAY REPLAY
Race Synopsis: This Listed juvenile mile drew a modest lot and of the only nine runners seven were maidens with the winner being the Australian bred Quick Thinker. Alarmingly for local breeders of the three Blacktype races held at Ellerslie today two were won by Australian breds (notably this 2yo mile and the 3yo 2100m) and the G2 Open Handicap mile was won by an Irish bred. The winners and where they turned for home in race order were co-leader (one-off the inside), led (three-off the inside and two lengths ahead), co-leader (three-off the inside), second (three-off the inside and half a length from the leader), led (two-off the inside and a neck ahead), tenth (ten-off the inside and four lengths from the leader), seventh (one-off the inside and three lengths from the leader) and led (one-off the inside and a length ahead). So of the eight races today five leaders won and one winner turned for home a close second so manmade track bias was most definitely in play as some of the times were fast and some slow therefore a sprint home only cannot be put up as an excuse. Quick Thinker at his second start was being backed up eight days later and rising 370m and obviously in class but won after sitting outside the leader. The colt took the lead at the 200m and kept kicking on best to win by just under a length in 1:37.44. Ranger, a once placed in three starts maiden, led up and when headed did not give it in and fought well to the line. Rendition, a maiden filly, was the run of the race after being crowded at the start and being last away as she ran home strongly for third beaten just over a length and may well have won this with an unimpeded getaway. Checkers trailed the leaders and got blocked for an inside run at the 150m and had to come out and go around so it cost him third as just a neck away from that finishing position at the line. All The Rage fought on well to the line for fifth beaten a length and three-quarters while noticed running on was Sherwood Forest from the rear duo. Shakespeare was only fair while Glenda Goodwitch the clear favourite disappointed after settling back and was beaten five lengths. She may be a left-hander only at this stage. In Fashion was a poor last beaten six lengths, as she was one of two race winners in the field. The winner Quick Thinker has stamina upside and may be a VRC Derby (2500m) type for next Spring in Melbourne at Flemington. Many of this field should on breeding need a mile or middle distance to be at their peak performance range but as to how strong overall this race was is a tad dubious.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
2. QUICK THINKER (AUS)
2yo Colt
MURRAY BAKER
MATTHEW CAMERON
56.5
$7.50
 
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - ACOUPLAMAS (AUS)
Oti Racing
2nd  
4. RANGER (NZ)
2yo Gelding
DEBBIE SWEENEY
A CALDER
56.5
$51.00
 
GHIBELLINES (AUS) - TURN THE PAGE (NZ)
B H Dickey & Markwood Lodge Ltd
3rd  
9. RENDITION (NZ)
2yo Filly
PETER & DAWN WILLIAMS
LEITH INNES
55.0
$6.50
 
PIERRO (AUS) - CHINCHILLA ROSE (AUS)
 G Harvey
4th  1. CHECKERS (NZ)
2yo Gelding
MURRAY BAKER
CRAIG GRYLLS
56.5
$5.00
5th  3. ALL THE RAGE (NZ)
2yo Gelding
GRAEME & DEBBIE ROGERSON
TRUDY THORNTON
56.5
$26.00
6th  6. SHERWOOD FOREST (AUS)
2yo Colt
TONY PIKE
DONAVAN MANSOUR
56.5
$9.00
7th  5. SHAKESPEARE (NZ)
2yo Gelding
JOHNO BENNER & HOLLIE WYNYARD
VIN COLGAN
56.5
$26.00
8th  8. GLINDA GOODWITCH (NZ)
2yo Filly
STEPHEN MARSH
SAMANTHA COLLETT
54.5
$2.50
9th  7. IN FASHION (NZ)
2yo Filly
ROGER JAMES & ROBERT WELLWOOD
RYAN ELLIOT
54.5
$9.00


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