Important Sunshine Coast victory for Intrigue

Intrigue - Trish Dunell

Trish Dunell

The Tony Pike-trained Intrigue added some all-important prizemoney to her career earnings when successful at the Sunshine Coast over 2200m on Wednesday, stepping back in grade after finishing seventh in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) on an unsuitable heavy track.

The daughter of Showcasing made light-work of her three-year-old rivals and the A$27,500 first prizemoney will go a long way to ensuring the filly gains a Group One start, holding nominations for both the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) and Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

The in-form stable has saddled three winners in succession in Queensland, following The Bostonian’s win in the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) on Saturday and Simply Sacred’s success at Ipswich on Sunday.

“We hope things just continue the way it’s going,” stable foreman Chris McNab said.

“At the Gold Coast the other day she just got a little bit off-balance and he probably made a long, searching run too early on her. Ridden quieter today, it was a different result.

“Leith (Innes) gave her a lovely ride and she was always well-above these ones.

“The Derby and the Oaks are coming up and this race just fitted in nicely for her and the prizemoney should help her gain a start.”


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