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Hopes Knight Mariner Can Claim Guineas
Exciting 3YO Knight Mariner (Tavistock-Soltina, by O’Reilly) will run in the Gr3 Winx Guineas over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, and his trainer Tony Gollan says the gelding is ready, reports racingqueensland.com.au. The Winx Guineas was previously named the Sunshine Coast Guineas and was renamed after the champion mare who won the race in 2015. “This is his toughest test and it’s a big step up,” Gollan said. “It was a good win at Ipswich but it wasn’t Saturday grade. We were aiming him for the summer staying races when he needed surgery to remove a bone chip. I thought he was the right type for the Queensland Derby but when it was scrapped, we just took our time with him.” Gollan has his seventh Brisbane trainer’s premiership sewn up with 104.5 winners thus far this season. Knight Mariner has won his last two races in succession, having previously placed twice from his first three starts, to make his record two wins from five starts. He was purchased by Tony Gollan and John Foote Bloodstock for NZ$240,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock 2YO Sale.