Gelding Flying towards Millions
FLYING Dollar has booked himself a start in January's Magic Millions after an impressive come-from-behind win in Race 3 (900m) at Murwillumbah yesterday.
Trained by Chinderah's John Stubbs, Flying Dollar won by a nose from Special Assassin, to give rider Masashi Yoshinaga the second leg of a winning double.
For Stubbs it was his first thoroughbred winner, and he couldn't have been happier after Flying Dollar backed up from a seventh at Doomben on Saturday.
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary Simon Quintner said it was rare for a horse so young to back up so quickly and to win in such style, having been last at the home turn.
But the two-year-old gelding was up to the task and will now be targeted at the Millions.
Another impressive winner keeping the punters happy yesterday was Maizelle in Race 4 (1200m).
Trained by leading Gold Coast trainer John Wallace and ridden by Aaron Kennedy, Maizelle, in only its fourth career start, won by seven lengths from Love and Honour.
Gold Coast trainer Gerald Ryan was also celebrating yesterday after debutante Atom, with Zac Purton aboard, won her first career race, Race 1 (1200m) by two and a half lengths from Ladytave.
Not so happy was Chinderah trainer Steve Phillips, whose charge Sunfair failed to fire in Race 6 (1200m), finishing midfield to Danefull.