Trainer Desleigh Forster’s decision to miss the Melbourne spring with Too Good To Refuse is set to pay dividends after the horse’s impressive win at Eagle Farm.
Too Good To Refuse ($4) came from last to beat Sony legend ($13) by 1-1/4 lengths in the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) on Saturday, with Most Important ($3.60) half a length away in third.
Forster has always had a huge opinion of Too Good To Refuse, which won the Toowoomba Guineas and was second in the Gunsynd Classic during the winter.
“The option was there to take him to Melbourne for the spring but in the end I decided to keep him here for our summer races,” Forster said.
“I have decided to keep him to the sprint races and his next starts will be in the George Moore Stakes (1200m) and the Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m).”
“I then have the choice of trying to qualify him for the Magic Millions in a wildcard race or starting him in the Bernborough Stakes at 1600 metres.”
No matter what, Forster is keen to get Too Good To Refuse into the Group One races in Brisbane next winter.
“I think he will make a good Stradbroke Handicap horse but let’s just worry about the summer first,” she said.
Jockey Jim Byrne said Too Good To Refuse was a most promising horse that could sprint very quickly at the end of his races.
“The Stradbroke Handicap is a good way off but who knows if he keeps improving,” Byrne sad.
Trainer Tony Gollan is happy to keep his smart gallopers Another Slipper and Tiyatrolani apart until late December after they won the divisions of the QTIS Three Year Old (1000m).
Another Slipper ($8) won the colts and geldings division, coming from well back in the field.
“He failed at 1400 metres at his last start but he over-raced. So I sent him out to Washpool Lodge for a few weeks and freshened him up,” Gollan sad.
“The plan was also to have him ridden from behind and it worked perfectly.”
Tiyatrolani ($5) failed first up at Doomben two weeks ago and also had a few days at Washpool Lodge before going back to Gollan’s Eagle Farm stables.
“She was a lot more settled before the race today and it showed in the run. I think she can run a strong 1400 metres later in her career.”
Another Slipper ran 57.73 and Tiyatrolani clocked 57.80, winning the fillies division and confirming Gollan’s belief that there isn’t much between them.
“They will stick to races for their own sex before they meet up in the Listed Gold Edition (on December 17),” Gollan said.
Trainer David Vandyke is close to taking Emerald City to Sydney for the Christmas Cup and Summer Cup in December.
“Emerald City has won four metropolitan races in a row and deserves a crack at better races. I just want to see how he comes up after this run before making a final decision,” Vandyke said.