Missy Longstocking books ticket for Sires

Missed by that much: Hot favourite Missy Longstocking (right) gets up to win for jockey Damian Browne from outsider Hallside Rose (Jim Byrne) at Doomben on Saturday. Photo: Tertius PickardThe Liam Birchley-trained Missy Longstocking will back up in next Saturday’s $250,000 Sires Produce Stakes after winning the Lancaster Stakes at Doomben. ”We were concerned at not having too hard a run with next week’s Sires in mind,” Birchley said. ”We’ve been playing catch-up with the filly. She’s exactly where we want her now. She’s switching off really well in her races.” Missy Longstocking got up in the shadows of the post as the $1.65 favourite. Jockey Damian Browne said although he was forced to race three wide the filly had cover. ”She relaxed really well, there is more development in her yet.” Birchley will decide after the Sires if Missy Longstocking goes on to the $500,000 J.J.Atkins.
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TRAJET TAKES OFF

Brisbane trainer Birchley made his annual trip to Scone and left a winner after Trajet broke the 2200m track record on Saturday. The seven-year-old was rated perfectly in front by James McDonald and will return home and target cup races during the winter carnival. ”I think I might even throw in a nom for the Brisbane Cup after that,” Birchley said. ”He is a promising stayer and there are a good range of races for him, and the plan is keep him going until the Queensland Cup over two miles in July.” Birchley opted to be in Scone rather than Brisbane where his smart filly Missy Longstocking won the Lancaster Stakes. ”I always try to come here because it is good for business,” Birchley said. ”I come and see some clients and the studs and will go to the sales [on Sunday].”

TWEET PERFECTION

Grahame Begg pinpointed the Woodlands Stakes for Tweet at the beginning of her preparation, and after four winless runs, she delivered on the listed stage. Peter Robl got his timing right to score from Mineko and Northern Glory. ”I rode her two runs back and she went outstanding,” Robl said. ”I think there have been a few winners come out of that race. She didn’t handle the track at Gosford. It was just a forgive run. She really enjoyed getting to the big track and it completed a plan Grahame had had all the way along.”

DIAMOND SHINES

Diamond Earth started her career as a tearaway youngster but now she is more crafty. The Choisir filly banked two Inglis bonus races as a two-year-old with sheer speed but in the Denise’s Joy Stakes, Diamond Earth got a sit before coming with a well-timed run to win. ”She always had the ability to do that, but as a young horse she would jump and run, so there was no need to settle her,” Robl said. ”She has been a great horse to me and now we can ride her a bit quieter. She is not a different horse, she’s just doing things a bit differently.”

CONNERS STAYS TUNED

Clarry Conners was doing it tough at Scone during the Doomben Roses protest. He watched on in the weighing-in room without sound. Conners was on the phone as soon as they came out of the stewards’ room in Brisbane trying to work out Dear Demi’s chances. He knew the protest result before anyone at Scone with another call giving him the good news.

JOY TURNS TO SADNESS

The owner of the first winner of the Scone carnival on Friday, Jason McKay, died shortly after his filly saluted. ”He was as fit as a fiddle. He had played polo for Australia,” Southern Girl’s trainer Darren Smith said. ”The horse won and five minutes later he had a massive heart attack.”

HAPPY HEATHCOTE

Trainer Robert Heathcote was all smiles after Solzhenitsyn won his second successive $115,000 Lord Mayor’s Cup at Doomben. Heathcote made headlines last week when he forgot to nominate Solzhenitsyn for the $500,000 Doomben Cup. In a two-horse war from the 700m, Solzhenitsyn ($2.40) prevailed over Transporter ($3.70) with Epic third. ”That’s what people come to the races for,” Heathcote said. ”At the end of the day, you’ve got a couple of group 1 jockeys on group 1 horses battling it out. I’m glad it’s over. It was a bit exciting.” Heathcote said he would have preferred to run Solzhenitsyn in the Doomben Cup, but added: ”We’ll freshen him up now for the Stradbroke.”

with TONY WHITE

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