A commanding performance
COMMANDS The World has forged its way into the $100,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) on April 11 after a hard fought Callaghan Park win on Thursday.
The catalyst for the photo finish win over Sweet Marcia (Darren Evans, $15.00) was the poise by which talented Brisbane jockey Ric McMahon rode the Conatus bred Commands the World ($3.20).
McMahon didn't panic when Commands The World was pressured throughout up front during the running of the First QTIS 2YO Maiden (1100m).
Perfectly balanced, he put Commands The World under full pressure from the 200 metres and the gelding from the Commands mare Feed The World clung on to win narrowly.
The $8450 prize money earned by Commands The World has lifted it from obscurity to now be the fifth highest qualifier for the Classic behind Picavino.
However, it was not Commands The World which made the biggest impression from a Cap Classic viewpoint as that honour went to debutant Duan Oscar.
After romping home by five lengths after a tardy getaway Duan Oscar (b g Seidnazar-Flying To China) joined in at the 300 metres and beat previously highly rated Rakamo (Dale Evans, $2.70) by five lengths.
In an "academy award" like winning effort Duan Oscar ran a brilliant 1min: 04.46 seconds, which bettered the time of Commands The World by almost a second.
Raced by Gladstone's Dusty Lindemann and Ann Horner the proprietors of Top Produce in the Harbour City, Gympie trainer Barry Gill said Duan Oscar was a $4000 buy last year at the CYS.
"It was a big win considering he was slowly away. Providing he pulls up well he will start for sure in the Capricornia Classic", Gill said en route back to his base last night.
The third by Clinton Thompson's Chilli Con Carne behind Duan Oscar almost assuredly means it will gain entry to the Classic as well.
Bluff owners Ron and Val Beak long time stalwarts of racing in Central Queensland ended a winning drought when Ric McMahon clinched a double aboard their Bradbury's Luck 3YO filly Joanies Luck ($3.40).
It meant much to premier trainer Lyle Rowe as well, as he registered his first Callaghan Park winner for the Beaks since they despatched horses for him to train last year.
Racing heads to Gladstone today and Emerald tomorrow