Star Queensland mare Forever Gold is hitting the road again.
But after numerous trips to Sydney to tackle feature events at TABCORP Park, Menangle, the tough as teak mare will venture further south for the first time during her glittering career.
The Darren Weeks trained mare is destined for Melbourne and TABCORP Park, Melton where she will contest three feature events for mares starting next month.
The Triple Crown will boast strong opposition headlined by former Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling while many more will prove very hard to beat on their home soil.
Forever Gold will contest the $25,275 Harness Breeders Make Mine Cullen on May 9 followed by the $25,505 Angelique Club Cup the following week before wrapping up the campaign with the Gr.1 $100,000 Queen of the Pacific on May 23.
And owner/breeder Murray Cole can’t wait to join his glamour gal.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing her race in Melbourne and this campaign has been in the pipeline for quite some time, I’m sure she’ll acquit herself well like she always does.” Cole said.
Forever Gold returned with a sparkling victory at Albion Park last Saturday night where she overcame a second-line draw and proved too strong in near track record time.
The mile rate for 2138m was 1;54.7 – which is 0.3 outside the track record which was recently set by Avonnova at 1;54.4.
“That was just fantastic what she did the other night; that was her first start since the Inter Dominion Grand Final and against hard fit and seasoned open class performers so I was naturally proud of effort.
“Darren and Kylie (Rasmussen – driver) were very happy with her recent trial efforts but that was a top effort and the time speaks volumes for how she’s returned. We’re hopeful she’ll improve off that effort and constant racing in Melbourne won’t bother her.
“Tammy (stable name) is a very smart and sensible mare and nothing seems to faze her anymore, the trip won’t be an issue because she’s done a fair bit of travelling throughout her career but I think Darren is taking a companion for her anyway.”
The Famous Forever mare will then return home with the Brisbane winter carnival an obvious focus.
A detour via Sydney for the Gr.3 $40,000 Golden Mile on May 31 at TABCORP Park, Menangle is being considered.
Forever Gold will leave tomorrow (Thursday).
By Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)