The 2011 Grand Prix Stakes has been taken out by the Peter Moody trained Turnitup, who beat home a classy field of three year olds in what is one of the traditional lead up races to the Queensland Derby.
Turnitup produced a sustained run down the middle of the Doomben straight to finish half a length clear of Mr Light Blue, while Almas Brave was third. The Rob Heathcote trained Fillydelphia finished fourth in what proved to be a promising Oaks trial.
Turnitup was originally raced in Queensland however Gold Coast based owner Gino Loiero sent his horse to Moody in March.
“Peter and I go back a long way to when I was managing jockeys and Peter had just started out training. I always wanted to have a good horse with him.”
“Last year we thought this bloke could win the TJ Smith. But things didn’t exactly work out. At the time, Damian Browne, who is a jockey I have a lot of respect for, told me we had a group horse,” said Loiero.
Loiero decided to take his chances and sent the horse to the Peter Moody training facility in March.
“At one stage Peter rang me and asked if I had the right horse. But he gradually started to come good down there and Peter was very pleased with him coming into today’s race,” said Loiero.
Turnitup will next race in the Queensland Derby.
“That has been my mission all along. I have always wanted to own and breed a Group 1 winner and this might be my chance,” said Loiero.
Others from the Grand Prix Stakes that are expected to head towards the Queensland Derby include Echoes of Heaven, Peck, The Chevron and Playaction.
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