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By Graham Potter | Friday, November 25, 2022

Beast Mode, a three-year-old Better Than Ready gelding, made no mistake on debut when striding out to an impressive debut win in a QTIS Three-year-Old Maiden Plate over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast on November 27.

The David Vandyke trained runner had trialled twice to good effect earlier in the month, but he still came into the race as a highly backable $6 chance, with his starting price probably exaggerated due to the presence of the highly fancied $2.60 favourite Northern Pride from the Tony Gollan stable.

Vandyke had turned to jockey Martin Harley, a new arrival in the Queensland riding ranks, for this one and Harley, as he has done since he arrived in the state, proved a more than capable rider as he bounced Beast Mode out strongly from a very wide draw and straight into contention in the leading line of runners ... and it didn’t take him long after that to pushed Beast Mode into a narrow lead, racing just outside another Gollan trained runner Blue Spinel, the $4.80 second favourite.

On straightening, Harley still appeared to have a lapful of horse and Beast Mode maintained his advantage without being asked to do more than what was necessary at that stage.

It was only coming through the 200m mark ... when the $15 chance Quirin started to pose a threat, running on strongly to the inside of Beast Mode, that Harley asked beast Mode to stretch out more ... which he did ... and the race remained safely within Beast Mode’s keeping in the final chase to the line where he ultimately scored by a neat length margin.

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