More Than Impressive

Thu, 06 Jul 17

Impressive Racing have enjoyed a surprise double at Belmont Park on Wednesday with Queen Of Tease ($47) and Sunset Pete ($71) blowing most punters out of the quaddie. 

Trainer Darren McAuliffe and Impressive Racing are hoping this is the start of a big week, with three runners nominated for Saturday including the Group 2 WATC Derby Winner Gatting, who will be determined to turn the tables on Variation in the Listed Aquanita Stakes.

Five-year-old mare Queen Of Tease was beaten by 9 lengths last start when finishing last at Pinjarra, but with Frenchman Matthieur Autier back on board, she looked like a different galloper.

Wide, but on the back of Royal Attraction, Queen Of Tease set her eyes on the winning post well before the home turn and was able to hold off the fast finishing Caralabek.

Speaking post-race, McAuliffe said the team had considered retiring the mare after her disappointing performance last start.

“Last start was un-genuine and not like her, due to that we were considering retiring her”.

Three-year-old gelding Sunset Pete made it two from two for Impressive Racing, with Autier giving the thirteen-start maiden a great rail hugging ride. 

“The horse has always promised the world, but he’s failed to deliver” McAuliffe said.

“He worked with the consistent By Decree last week and she couldn’t get past him, so we were very confident coming to a 3yo no metro win race”.

It may be the start of a big week, with Impressive Racing having Indriel running at Northam on Thursday and Gatting, Joyous Affair and By Decree racing at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Gatting will be hoping to turn the tables on Variation in the Listed Aquanita Stakes after a brave second in the Listed Belmont Guineas, losing by a length.

The extra 400m, a soft track and a better barrier than Variation, makes this three-year-old look incredibly hard to beat.

Joyous Affair rattled home second-up over 2100m and will also appreciate the soft track as she competes in the Listed Belmont Oaks. 

By Decree, a genuine soft track runner will finish the day for Impressive Racing in the final race of the day and is drawn well in barrier 2.

Frenchman Matthieu Autier is on all four gallopers for the rest of the week and is confident that the good start to the week will continue.

“Mr McAuliffe is a very good trainer and his horses are fit and racing well” Autier said. 

“All of his horses like a soft track, so I think they’re all a very good chance.”


Adam McGrath