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Tversky’s hot form secures ticket to Melbourne


VASTLY improved sprinter Tversky booked himself a place on the big stage on Melbourne Cup day with his fourth straight win at Doomben on Saturday.Tversky ($2.60) showed plenty of pace and then went away in the straight to beat Niccanova ($7) by 1¼ lengths with a half length to Cannyescent ($5) in third in the Rostron Carlyle Rojas Open Handicap (1200m).SUPERSTAR: By George, Winx has done it againTOUGH WIN: Siege back on track for Epsom raidThe gelding has gone from an average restricted-class horse to being the star Brisbane sprinter of the moment in the space of two months. He won a no metropolitan win class race in early August but has now won two good standard open company races.Trainer Jack Duncan now has his sights firmly on a trip to Melbourne with Tversky who took his overall record to eight wins from 18 starts.“We will give him a little ease up and his next start will probably be a 1200m race at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day (November 6). I think he is up to Melbourne spring class,” Duncan said. “And we also have the Magic Millions carnival coming up in January.“This horse was spooky early on but the older he has got the better he has got.”Jockey Dale Smith, a multiple stakes winner in Victoria, completed a winning double on Tversky after earlier winning on Kubis.

“I think he is up to Melbourne racing and he is promising,” he said.Trainer Steve Tregea said Niccanova would probably back up at Caloundra next Saturday over 1400m. “It was a good run and he is looking for further now,” he said.Baccarat Baby set to take FlightTOUGH Caloundra filly Baccarat Baby showed she won’t be out of place in Group 1 company in Sydney in a fortnight with her strong win at Doomben in the QTIS Three Year Old (1600m).Baccarat Baby ($4.20) made it five wins in a row when she came from last early to beat Ailecah ($6.50) by three quarters of a length with a half length to Thunderous Strike ($5.50) in third.Trainer David Vandyke has been battling influenza and had no voice for much of the week.“But that made me feel a lot better and I have got my voice back now,” he said.“The plan was to let them do their thing up front and then come into it from the 600m.“It worked all perfectly and it was a really good effort under 59kgs.”Baccarat Baby will now head to Sydney for the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday week and could then move on to Melbourne for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).“She really is a tough filly and she has now won at 1600m on two occasions which is a bit more than a few of her likely rivals in the south,” Vandyke said.Sydney trip helps him PrioritiseA TRIP to Sydney has sparked Prioritise into some performances which have amazed even his trainer Steve Tregea.Prioritise ($3.60) led most of the way to beat the fast-finishing Jaminzah ($15) with Glendara ($81) in third place in the Kestrel Solution Open (1600m) at Doomben.​Tregea said Prioritise, who took his prizemoney to about $350,000, had now won more than any horse he had trained.​ A Darling Downs-based owner-breeder-trainer, Tregea said Prioritise had turned the corner since a trip to Sydney in August. ​“He really has toughened up,” Tregea said. ‘‘He is a stronger horse. If I had said 12 months ago he would be my biggest earner one day you would have laughed at me.“He has amazed me with the way he has been racing.”​Prioritise was scratched at the barrier last week when being tried for the first time over 2000m.​“Prioritise lashed out but he came through it well and they put him in last today which helped,” Tregea said.​ “If I can find the right race I would like to give him a go at 2000m.”​Warwick Farm trainer Steve Englebretch made a quick visit to win the Herron Todd White Hcp (1050m) with Goldfinch.Jockey Deanne Panya said Goldfinch ($3 favourite) had trialled very well in the lead-up to the race. “She has lot of natural pace and drawing an inside barrier helped her,” Panya said.


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