TUESDAY: June 11, 2019: TRAINER Garry Frazer has confirmed a riding switch for Spright when she chases the final Group 1 of the season at Eagle Farm on Saturday week.
Michael Cahill will partner Hawkesbury’s star performer in the $500,000 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
Glen Boss rode Spright when she finished a luckless fourth to Trekking in last Saturday’s $1.5m Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap over the Tiara distance at the same track.
“Nothing against Bossy whatsoever, and he wanted to stay on her,” Frazer said this afternoon.
“But I booked Michael for the ride a couple of weeks ago, and I’m not one to go back on my word.
“Michael is a first-class jockey and knows Spright well. He won the Healy Stakes (1200m Group 3) on her at Doomben 12 months ago.”
Cahill has successfully partnered Kiwi sprinter The Bostonian in five Queensland wins (including two Group 1s this winter) and was aboard him in the Stradbroke when he slipped on jumping and then could not obtain clear running near the 200m before finishing 11th.
Spright turned in an outstanding performance in the Stradbroke after copping interference at the start – a point highlighted by stewards who reported she was “severely hampered on jumping”.
She came from 17th (second last) at the 400m to finish fourth (beaten 3.4 lengths) and the winner ran a track record (1.21.86).
“Bossy felt the interference put Spright three pairs back than where he wanted to be, and that would have been right behind Trekking,” Frazer said.
“I’m not saying she would have beaten the winner, but she should have run second.
“It was quite a difference in prizemoney; $67,500 for fourth against $270,000.”
Spright returned home to her Hawkesbury stable yesterday morning, with no ill effects from the Stradbroke run.
“Good judges who studied her parading on Saturday couldn’t believe how well she looked considering all the travelling she has done this season,” Frazer said.
Spright will be taken back to Brisbane next Wednesday for the Tatts Tiara, in which she will return to racing against her own sex at weight-for-age.
She clinched a maiden Group 1 success in the $600,000 TAB Classic (1200m) against her own sex at Morphettville on May 4, but has been unlucky in a number of other feature interstate sprints at racing’s elite level this season.
Frazer said the mare’s connections remain keen to get Spright a slot in the $14m The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick in October.
“She will come home and have a break after the Tiara and hopefully we will be able to have a crack at The Everest,” he added.