Promising three-year-old Too Rough will get the chance to prove himself in Melbourne after passing his first distance test at Doomben.
The $32,000 first prize on Wednesday would have lifted Too Rough into the Queensland Derby field next week but trainer Bevan Laming said the gelding was not ready for top class just yet.
Too Rough ($6) appreciated a solid pace to finish powerfully to beat More Than A Rose ($7.50) by a short neck in the QTIS 3YO Hcp (2220m).
“He is a promising horse but he has wanted to over-race. Of course he hasn’t been helped by drawing the outside barrier in just about all of his runs to date,” Laming said.
“I think he can go to Melbourne where there should be some nice three-year-old races over a distance for him in June and July.”
Sydney trainer Gary Moore was a visitor at the meeting with Hostwin Legend and said he intended to have more runners in Queensland after the colt ($1.90) easily won the Hamilton Hotel 2YO (1200m).
“Hostwin Legend is a QTIS bonus horse which means he earned nearly $20,000 for the win today. I am going to the Gold Coast sales next week and we will probably get some QTIS yearlings,” Moore said.
“I like Queensland racing and the QTIS idea, so I will have more runners here.”
Premier Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan got some more good news just minutes after Ambitious Blonde ($4.40) won the Mount Franklin Plate (1200m) at the Doomben meeting.
“I have just been able to buy back Dee Nine Elle who was for sale at the National Broodmare sale and Traveston Girl was passed in so I should have her back in the stables to race Saturday,” he said.