Day At The Track

Goldplay all tuned up for Golden Guitar

07:53 PM 19 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Goldplay will be back to defend her Golden Guitar title at the Tamworth on Friday night.

The $25,000 feature is part of the Carnival of Cups, with Goldplay easily winning her heat last night.

“It was a nice hit out for her” said trainer and reinsman Bart Cockburn, who trains Goldplay for the Solid Earth syndicate. “It was a good pipe cleaner”

After setting a track record to take out the feature last year, Goldplay ha an easier time of things this time around.

The daughter of Presidential Ball rated 1:59 for the 1980 metres to score by 13 metres from The Muse, with Wake Up Quinn six-and-a-half metres away third.

With six heats conducted Happyever Laughter opened the books with an all the way win in the opening qualifier for Riverstone trainer Dwayne Sarina and reinsman Josh Willick.

“Hopefully he finds the right alley in the final,” Willick said.

The Shane Tritton stable will be looking for a good draw as well after Bien Hoa led throughout with Lauren Panella in the spider.

“He is a nice horse and the barrier helped,” Panella said.

Tritton is no stranger to the Golden Guitar glory, with Mach Beauty taking the title in 2013.

Tangles then stepped out for the Nathan Hurst stable, and made it consecutive wins for the five-year-old mare after taking out the The Pub Group Competitive Stakes on Wednesday evening.

Tangles scored by a half-head over Marquez, with Franco Seville a neck away third. 

Dubbo pacer Tommy Tuppence then took out the fourth heat when accounting for Better Than Max and Ultimate Ace.

Hurst took the drive behind Tommy Tuppence for Dubbo trainer Peter Reynolds, and at his first time behind the son of Ponder and Mirra Mirra.

“It’s the first time I have driven the horse,” Hurst said. “He is a good strong, tough horse”

Queensland trainer Trevor Lambourn was relieved after his pacer Paint The Hammer took out the fifth heat, a half-neck clear of Mister Chow, with Hear The Call four-and-a half metres away third in 2”00.3

“I am so excited to be in the Final,” Lambourn said. “They were doing the work up the front and I would love to win the Final.”

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