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Wet track concerns for Tumbler Ridge in Winx Guineas

Wed 30 June 2021

By Glenn Davis

Co-trainers Steve O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted fear a wet track could rob them of their biggest victory since starting a joint venture last year when Tumbler Ridge tackles the Group 3 Winx Guineas at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Tumbler Ridge is one of the main fancies in the 1600-metre Group 3 feature but the Sunshine Coast track is in the heavy range following an overnight downpour.

The training partnership of O’Dea and Hoysted landed their best win together when Uncommon James claimed the Listed Oxlade Stakes at Eagle Farm on June 12.

Tumbler Ridge - a Ryan Maloney mount – has been in great form this winter with two wins from his past four starts.

A son of Spill The Beans, Tumbler Ridge is coming off a last start fourth to the Chris Munce-trained Palaisipan in the Cooney Handicap at Ipswich on June 19.

Tumbler Ridge previously won the $200,000 Gold Jewel at Eagle Farm after finishing a game fourth to Sydney raider Private Eye in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm last month.

“If the rain didn’t come, I thought he was a great chance but there’s more forecast which he doesn’t like,” Hoysted said.

Hoysted believes Tumbler Ridge has been looking for a return to 1600 metres and can’t fault his recent form.

“He missed the kick on a shifty track but it was a great run to finish fourth against superior opposition in the Queensland Guineas,” he said.

“The Guineas form has stacked up very well and we gave him a short break after it and sent him to the beach before he won the Gold Jewel.

“I was a bit worried 1300 metres in the Gold Jewel would be too short but it was a super win on the back of a short freshen up.

“He ran a good race in the Coogny after he got a bit unbalanced on the home turn and he’s looking for 1600 metres.”

O’Dea and Hoysted also have Scallopini entered for the Listed Glasshouse Handicap over 1400 metres.

Scallopini finished sixth at his first start since January in the Group 2 Moreton Cup at Eagle Farm on June 5.

“It was one of his worst runs of his career and it's hard to get excited about him,” Hoysted said.

“But he did lose a front shoe and he went sensational since in a jump out.”