Divine City a Millions prospect
ROCKHAMPTON trainer Garnett Taylor is confident that given the breaks in running, his filly Divine City can win at the Gold Coast today and force her way into the field of the $1 million Magic Million 3YO Guineas (1400m) there next Saturday.
In a complete change of tack from Taylor, he is running Divine City after being contacted by leading jockey Chris Munce, who was keen to ride her in today's $100,000 race.
Divine City will contest the 3YO Quality (1200m), in which according to Taylor she is very suitably placed.
Just a week ago Taylor's hopes for a Guineas start seemed dashed after Divine City was crowded for room and blocked for runs when 5.4 lengths 12th to Punch On in the Listed Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben.
"She had no luck at all after drawing the rails that day and I didn't think she had a chance to make the MM Guineas field, so I was looking for a Brisbane race later this month. However, Chris Munce's manager contacted me about the Gold Coast race and then Chris himself, who thought it would be ideal for her (Divine City).
"I nominated her because she didn't leave a grain in her feed bin after the Doomben run. It wasn't a hard run for her because she never really got fully tested. Furthermore, my son Cameron has been riding her in track work and he has kept telling me how well she feels.
"She has drawn the most suitable barrier (6) ever for her and she should be out and clear of horses. She is as tough as nails and I really believe she is going to run a really top race. She will get her chance," Taylor said last night.
Taylor was further buoyed by the fact the Gold Coast Quality represents a big drop in class for Divine City.
"If she won this race she would get a run in the Magic Millions Guineas. It will be up to her owner (Ron Beak) if that does happen. Personally, I'd like to run her if she wins and comes through it okay because it is a $1 million race next week and they don't often come along."
It is the most confident Taylor has been leading into a race during his month-long stay with a small team in south-east Queensland.
Central Queensland will also be represented at the Gold Coast by the Bob and Ruth Sutton, Kabra-owned Headhunter in the $45,000 NMW Handicap (1200m).
The brilliant sprinter has drawn off the track but can not be denied a chance.
A prolific Callaghan Park winner of late, Stuart Kendrick's Mackay-trained Lightfeet Lady, also came up with the visitor's draw of 13 in her race, the $45,000 F & M NMW Handicap (1200m).