Trainer Rob Heathcote will pencil in a winter campaign for his under-rated Victorian-bred stayer Lordag following a hard-fought win at the Sunshine Coast.
Lordag (5g Any Given Saturday – Danish Princess by Dolphin Street) ran a top race when second in the LR Bernborough Hcp last month and started a $3.50 favourite for the Coastline BMW 4 Series Hcp (1800m) on Saturday.
Under a perfectly timed Glen Colless ride, he got the judge’s decision in a three-way photo from Cantbuybetter and Hi Son to increase his prizemoney to $244,000.
The win was also a bonus for Euroa based Phoenix Broodmare Farm owner Damian Gleeson who has entered his Squamosa half-brother (Lot 529) for the Inglis Melbourne Premier. Gleeson sold Lordag (as agent) to owners Neil & Helen Owen at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.
The Squamosa colt is also a three-quarter brother to 2014 VOBIS Gold Ingot runner-up Singularity.
Heathcote has always had a good opinion of Lordag. “I will give him a break for a month and then start stepping him up in distance,” he said.
“He’s still improving and some of those second-tier races will suit him at the winter carnival.”
Phoenix Broodmare Farm topped the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and Gleeson has entered another 21 yearlings on behalf of clients for Oaklands this year. A Commands filly from G2 Queen of the South Stakes winner Goon Serpent (Reset) is the first to parade as Lot 30.