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Cyclone warning for RSL Classic
Thursday 7th June 2018
By Tony Wode
With a name like Cyclone Topgirl, it’s little wonder the home bred Mackay filly has taken racing in North Queensland by storm.
The winner of six of her seven starts in Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, Cyclone Topgirl is the raging favourite for the north’s richest two-year-old race, the $100,000 Townsville RSL Classic at Cluden Park (1200m) on Saturday.
Trainer Lyle Wright, who is chasing his biggest race win in Saturday’s Classic, said the filly was in perfect order for her big assignment.
“She’s a very good filly and she’s primed and ready to go,” Wright said.
“I would have loved to have given her one more start but she would have had to lump 62kg and it wasn’t worth knocking her around.
“I’m satisfied with the few gallops we’ve given her instead.
“She hasn’t gone over 1200m but she has won well over 1100m twice and while I don’t like to get overly confident, I’m happy with her and she’ll run very well.
“I’ve had a very good season and to win the classic would be a big thrill.
“It’d also be great to see her win for her owners, Gavin Milner and his family who bred her on their property down here (Mackay).”
Cyclone Topgirl sent an ominous warning to her Classic rivals, winning with 61kg from the outside barrier over 1000m at Cluden at her most recent run on May 10.
She drops to a postage stamp 55kg under the set weights of the Classic.
Townsville trainer Alby Molino is confident his promising filly Valuate can test the favourite despite a slight setback with a small stone bruise.
“She’s recovering pretty well and I think she has a good chance over the 1200m,” Molino said.
“There should be a fair bit of pace and I’d like to see her about four lengths off them on the home turn.
“She’s a filly that will eventually want 1400m to 1600m so she’ll be very strong at the end.
“It’s my first runner in the race and it’s nice to go into it with a strong chance.”
Valuate goes into the Classic fresh from a late finishing win in the Classic Prelude at Cluden on May 24.
She arrived just in time to beat Dalon, Our Alicia’s Lane and Wicked Dancer – all strong chances in the weekend’s Classic.
Saturday's race day includes a bumper seven event card which kicks off at 12.49pm.