Orsetto no teddy in tight finish
RACING: It's been a while between drinks for Orsetto, but the Ipswich visitor found his perfect race at Clifford Park on Saturday evening.
The Brian Costello-trained gelding won his at his first race start at Gatton before a winless run stretching nine races.
That streak was ended in the Mitavite Ratings Band 0-55 Handicap (1000m), with Orsetto ($4.40 fav) fending off a late charge to make it win number two.
Jumping from an inside barrier, Michael Hellyer got off to a flyer on the three-year-old and held the front.
Despite being clearly headed at the top of the straight by Oakfield Geronimo ($19), Orsetto lifted over the concluding stages, scoring by a head to a closing Primmiscuous ($8.50).
Costello said the quick thinking of Hellyer proved the difference, as he relished the drop in class.
"It wasn't our plan to lead on him, but Michael said that he got there so easily that he decided he wouldn't give it up," Costello said.
"The plan to settle off the speed, but I knew if he backed up from his previous run (he'd go close).
"He was probably racing down in class a little bit on what he had previously, but it's still hard to win no matter where you go.
"He's been an honest horse. After he won his first start I thought he might go on a little more quickly, but he's been lovely to do things with."
Impressive juvenile Mishani Spirit ($3.30 fav) had just one start since 2018 heading into her assignment in the Taylor Building Group QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1000m), but that wasn't an issue.
The dual two-year-old winner, who went around in a Group Three race at her third start, showed she hasn't lost a step, pouncing on a hot field to score by 1 ½ lengths from a gallant Spinning Spirit ($13).
In the upset of the night, Red Wabbat ($3.80) caused a boilover, downing hot favourite Kirra Lass ($1.30) in the Barrier Reef Pools QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap (870m).
Nathan Fazackerley got to the front on the hotpot and looked to be travelling on the home turn, before finding little in the home straight, with Red Wabbat surging home to win by a long neck.
After rising earlier in the day at Eagle Farm, James Orman made his trip over the range a worthwhile one.
Orman's solitary ride on the program, Mittere ($2.05 fav) in the Get Out Stakes Class 3 Handicap (870m), was a winning one, running down Easy Come ($2.50) to claim a ½ length victory.
# AT Chinchilla, apprentice jockey Ty Wheeler made a winning debut, scoring aboard Stryking Princess in the QTIS Maiden Plate (1030m).
The Garry Schwenke-trained filly scored by three lengths to break her maiden.
Hard Stride relished a huge drop in class for trainer Jason Judge, taking out the Open Hanidcap (1200m).
Despite being handed 61.5kg after the claim from Isabella Rabjones, the nine-year-old found enough to win.
Track: Good 4
1. RATINGS 0-55 HANDICAP, 1000m: 4.40 fav ORSETTO (b g 3y Pellizotti - Three Bears. Trainer: Brian Costello) 58.5 (Michael Hellyer) 1, 8.50 PRIMMISCUOUS 56.5 (Adam Sewell) 2, 19.00 OAKFIELD GERONIMO 58.5 carr 56.5 (Nathan Fazackerley) 3. Then followed: 5.50 Instabeats, 8.00 All Ellie, 15.00 Your Option, 6.50 Hidden Action, 26.00 Shadwell Flyer, 7.00 Tiz, 8.00 Cristovao last. Scr: Red Raffle. Hd, sh nk. Time: 1:01.95 (Last 600m 36.67).
2. QTIS 3YO HANDICAP, 1000m: 3.30 MISHANI SECRET (b f 3y Jet Spur - Mishani Sinner. Trainer: Mark Currie) 56.5 (Nathan Evans) 1, 13.00 SPINNING SPIRIT 57 carr 55 (Minehiko Shimodaira) 2, 2.80 fav DEVILS MARBLES 58.5 (Michael Hellyer) 3. Then followed: 8.50 Fair Fella, 6.50 Patches, 7.50 Adamdeeant, 16.00 Devil's Temptation, 101.00 Very Soon last. Scr: Uralba, Coup, Hallside Hot Stuff, Jet A One, Kasita. 1 ½ len, sh hd. Time: 1:00.60 (Last 600m 36.06).
3. BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP, 1625m: 18.00 WILLIAM (b g 4y Fastnet Rock - Music In My Heart (GB). Trainer: Kim Loy) 61 (Adam Sewell) 1, 2.45 fav OPEN ROAD 61 (Michael Hellyer) 2, 4.40 BUZZER BEATER 61.5 carr 58.5 (Montanna Savva) 3. Then followed: 9.00 Walkinshaw, 14.00 Bonsea, 8.00 The Equalizer, 5.00 Mighty Quinn, 61.00 Decor Deels last. Scr: Heart Vandelay, Octavian. Len, sh hd. Time: 1:42.76 (Last 600m 37.05).
4. MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1200m: 14.00 LET SARA ROCK (b m 4y Mahisara - Rocklet. Trainer: Kevin Kemp) 55.5 (Nozi Tomizawa) 1, 13.00 BY BY MUSIC 56.5 carr 54.5 (Minehiko Shimodaira) 2, 7.00 TIGERPOWER 56.5 (Adam Sewell) 3. Then Followed: 5.50 Issaquah, 2.05 fav Roacci, 8.00 Licence To Rock, 16.00 Euro Rockstar, 31.00 Courtingrock, 101.00 Suzy Needs Lovin', 151.00 Coinin last. Scr: Rock Paper Sizzle, Dream On Lucy, Rostrum, Stazzana. ½ len, len. Time: 1:15.29 (Last 600m 38.42).
5. MAIDEN HANDICAP, 1625m: 2.90 fav MONTE SANTO (ch g 5y. Sammy Sequalo - Montesantos Star. Trainer: Kevin Sims) 55 carr 53 (Minehiko Shimodaira) 1, 5.50 BURN THE BOATS 56.5 (Gary Geran) 2, 21.00 A GLASS OF BUBBLES 57.5 (Adam Sewell) 3. Then followed: 3.60 Sandy Toes, 7.00 Bishojo, 11.00 Just For Glory, 8.00 Head Chef last. Scr: Potawatomi. 2 ¼ len, len. Time: 1:42.85 (Last 600m 39.83).
6. QTIS 2YO HANDICAP, 870m: 3.80 RED WABBAT (br f 2y Golden Archer - Kamadiva. Trainer: Rex Lipp) 59 (Kenji Yoshida) 1, 1.30 fav KIRRA LASS 59 carr 57 (Nathan Fazackerley) 2, 15.00 MAGIC IN ME 57.5 (Michael Hellyer) 3. Then followed: 51.00 Beef'n'Black Bean, 26.00 Raining Riches last. All started. Lg nk, 3 ½ len. Time: 51.18 (Last 600m 35.18).
7. CLASS 3 HANDICAP, 870m: 2.05 fav MITTERE (b g 4y Smart Missile - Rainbow Joy) 59.5 (James Orman) 1, 2.50 EASY COME 56 carr 54 (Alex Patis) 2, 5.50 TOUGH TIMES 55.5 (Nathan Evans) 3. Then followed: 13.00 Seclude, 41.00 Clang Again last. All started. ½ len, ½ len. Time: 50.74 (Last 600m 34.15).
8. MAIDEN HANDICAP, 2150m: 5.50 RED POET (ch g 4y Poet's Voice (GB) - Multiplication. Trainer: Matthew Dunn) 58.5 (Les Tilley) 1, 4.40 THORBEN 58.5 (Gary Geran) 2, 1.90 fav NICOSMILE 55 (Michael Hellyer) 3. Then followed: 5.00 Leicable, 26.00 Callhimwhatuwant, 41.00 Captain Donovan last. Scr: Potawatomi. 4 len, 2 len. Time: 2:18.09 (Last 600m 38.89).
Track: Good 3
1. MAIDEN PLATE, 1030m: STRYKING PRINCESS 57 carr 53 (Ty Wheeler) 1, HAIRY LOVER 59 (Joshua King) 2, DISCO DOUGIE 59 (Hannah Richardson) 3.
2. MAIDEN PLATE, 1030m: ROCK PAPER SIZZLE 59 (Kenji Yoshida) 1, CITY DIVA 55.5 (Gary Geran) 2, SAM'S ALLYCAT 57.5 (Joshua King) 3.
3. BM55 HCP, 1030m: ESSAKA 60 (Stephanie Lacy) 1, PATRICK'S ME MATE 58 (Hannah Phillips) 2, CRAFTY AQUILA 60.5 (Leeanne McCoy) 3.
4. CLASS B HCP, 1200m: MONT MONT 57 (Lauren Abbott) 1, MAHUSSEY 56.5 carr 58 (Joshua King) 2, CROOKED ARROW 56 (Hannah Richardson) 3.
5. OPEN HCP, 1200m: HARD STRIDE 64.5 carr 61.5 (Isabella Rabjones) 1, LAST ARMAGEDDON 56 carr 54 (Tessa Townsend) 2, KIEVANN 62 (Lauren Abbott) 3.
6. BM60 HCP: AMERICAN SUMMER 56.5 carr 55 (Montanna Savva) 1, BALIUS 61 (Joshua King) 2, RESONARE 56 carr 52 (Rebecca Wilson) 3.