Gypsy Toff no certainty to tackle QTIS Jewel

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By Darryn Nufer

STAR Rockhampton three-year-old filly Gypsy Toff is no certainty to line up in the rich QTIS Jewel race at the Gold Coast next month after her winning streak came to an end at Callaghan Park on Thursday.

Her trainer Tom Button is considering bypassing the QTIS Jewel to be run over 1200m on March 16 in favour of a 900m No Metro Wins Handicap on the same card.

Gypsy Toff (pictured), a poster girl for the Capricornia Yearling Sale, had picket-fenced four straight victories before her second placing behind the Peter Fleming trained Gracie Belle over 1100m on Thursday.

The QTIS Jewel carries total prize money of $165,000 – $94,600 to the winner – but the 900m scamper dangles a big carrot itself as it’s a $117,700 event with the winner’s prize purse of $42,700 to be doubled if the victor is QTIS registered which Gypsy Toff is.

That’s good money and there is a school of thought that the shorter distance would be more up Gypsy Toff’s alley.

“The Jewel is set weights against good horses but the 900m is a No Metro Wins,” Button said.

“We’ll probably nominate for both.

“Either way she’ll have to have another run before then.”

Button was not too perturbed by Gypsy Toff’s defeat during the week.

“It’s always disappointing to get beat but the other filly was just too good for us on the day and she had the advantage of carrying 7.5kg less than us,” he said.

Six-time winner Gypsy Toff, purchased at the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sale by John Sparrow for $25,000 and raced by the Sparrow family, has been a brilliant money-spinner for connections having already banked $155,350 with the promise of more to come.

The feats of Gracie Belle should not go unrecognised either.

Thursday’s win was her second from five starts and hers is a good comeback tale.

On debut in the Rockhampton 2YO Breeders’ Plate of 2017, Gracie Belle actually broke a rib when running second to Lyle Rowe’s Legal Ties.

She was later diagnosed with the condition known as “kissing spines” and required surgery.

A horse with this condition feels consistent, low-grade pain because the spinous processes, or sections of bone attached to the vertebrae, are too close together and impinge on each other.

The team from Magic Millions will be in Rockhampton next week promoting the upcoming Gold Coast March Yearling Sale to be held on the “Glitter Strip” on March 18 and 19.

They’ll no doubt have plenty to spruik about as the corresponding sale last year produced the brilliant Rockhampton juvenile Better Reflection who won at Listed level in Brisbane at just her second career start.

This year will see 392 lots go under the hammer over the two days.

There are still a lot of pieces to fall into place as far as this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) is concerned as we have not seen a great number of graduates put their hooves up to this point.

You’d certainly love to be in the Tycoon Flyer camp as Fred Smith’s progressive Tycoon Ruler colt has now strung together back-to-back Rockhampton wins and looks ahead of the pack leading into April’s feature race.

Of comfort to the connections of the other would-be contenders is the fact that two-year-old feature races are all about timing and there’s plenty of water to flow under the bridge before the 2YO Classic, this year worth a total of $155,000, is staged.

Speaking of owning horses, wouldn’t you love to have shares in Jim O’Shea’s in-form duo Barachiel and Spring Creek?

Both were in the money again at Callaghan Park on Thursday and consider this.

Barachiel has won or been placed in 17 of his last 20 starts while Spring Creek has won or been placed in 10 of her last 12 starts.

Racing returns to Callaghan Park on Thursday.


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