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By Graham Potter | Friday, March 26, 2010

Eagle Farm, March 24, 2010.
Track - Good 3. Rail - out 8m.
Maiden Plate (2yo - Set Weights - Division 1) - 1000m. Time: 57.83. (Carrying 54kg).
1 Cosmo Gal; 2 Dont Call Me Crazy; 3 Istaar.

The Bruce Hill trained Cosmo Girl easily outclassed her opposition in the opening event on the card to score every bit as convincingly as the 3.30 length margin suggests.

The race was never a serious contest.

Cosmo Girl had the gate speed to get to the lead which she maintained at a comfortable gallop until the turn. The filly straightened full of running. She only had to use a portion of the reserve she had in hand to extend her advantage in effortless fashion in the home straight.

Don’t Call Me Crazy was the only other runner to show any commitment. She left the pack behind to go out after Cosmo Girl, but it was a lonely chase in second place and, try as she might, Don’t Call Me Crazy had no answer to the absolute authority of the winner who finished the race off the commanding fashion.

The fact that the third placed runner finished 6.30 lengths off the result further highlights the facile nature of the win.

Cosmo Girl’s breakthrough success came in her fourth start. She had two unplaced starts in Sydney before transferring to Hill’s stable at the Gold Coast. This was her second start for her new trainer.

Trainer Bruce Hill: “He had his first run for me the other day at Doomben. She went really good there ... just knocked up a bit. She improved a lot from the other day until today. We know a bit more about her too. She is a really nice filly.”

Jockey Paul Hammersley: “Last run I had to make her work a little bit to get to the front. She just sort of over-raced ... and got tired.

“She’s got natural speed to put herself right there. She was able to get a breather this week and, you know, she was probably the class of the field today.”

Winner (Cosmo Girl): 3.00 in to 2.00.
The winner was the favourite.

Don't Call Me Crazy (P. Wolfgram) was slow into stride. Gemmars Girl (M. Hellyer), Red Dome (M. Cahill) and Federer Express (A. Spinks) were slow to begin.

Happy Kiss (L. Cassidy) was cramped for room on jumping away between Monty Royal (M. Palmer) and Twilights (J. Taylor), which jumped away awkwardly and shifted out.

Near the 600m, Coolshow (K. Banks) had to be steadied away from the heels of Happy Kiss, which was taken out by Gold Success (B. Stewart) when that horse shifted out off the heels of Playful Paris (J. Stanley).

Twilights, which had raced wide, made the home turn awkwardly when tiring. Twilights shifted out near the 100m and made contact with Playful Paris.

A post race veterinary examination of Twilights revealed the horse to be suffering from mild shin soreness in the off-foreleg.

Happy Kiss was held up on the heels of Gemmars Girl over the concluding stages.

When questioned regarding the performance of Coolshow, K. Banks stated that from the wide draw the horse was caught very wide early and after receiving some contact near the 600m, she was obliged to settle back in the field further than anticipated.

K. Banks added that whilst the horse did not respond to her riding in the early stages of the straight, it did finish the race off reasonably well over the latter stages and was of the view that Coolshow may be looking for further distance.

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