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Bailey continues great form


Gold Coast trainer Trevor Bailey may have unearthed another future topliner after debutant Slick Image continued the stable’s winning momentum at Doomben.

Bailey landed a race-to-race double with Flying Minstrel and Carlton Forward at Doomben last Saturday and his only Wednesday runner Slick Image scored an easy 2-3/4-lengths win in the St Vincent’s Brisbane Maiden Plate (1200m).

Like Flying Minstrel who won by 4-3/4 lengths on Saturday, Slick Image was bought by Gold Coast syndication company Ontrack Thoroughbreds which paid $60,000 for the son of Southern Image at the Magic Millions June sales.

Ontrack Thoroughbreds is owned by Grant Morgan who started the company three years ago when he bought out his partner in the former syndication company Gold Coast Racing.

“I bought this horse purely on looks. He showed a great attitude in the sales ring,” Morgan said.

“His sire Southern Image raced in the United States and stood at Widden Stud when he first came here.

“He (Slick Image) is a half-brother to Nightofthegeneral who has won three times in Sydney.”

Bailey believes Slick Image may emerge as a winter carnival horse next year but first he wants to see how the three-year-old recovers from his debut win.

“His family has had a history of leg soreness but so far he’s fine but I’ll wait a few days to see how he pulls up before deciding what to do with him,” Bailey said.

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Slick Image was the second winner of the day for Glen Colless who scored earlier on talented filly La Bella Rose who is trained by Bailey’s father Alan.

Alan Bailey predicted a bright future for La Bella Rose after she led all the way for a neck win over Hidden Babe in the Livestock Transport Maiden Plate (1200m).

The daughter of Shamardal was having only her second race start and her first outing since making her debut with a disappointing seventh at Doomben on Australia Day when odds-on favourite.

“She’s a big filly but I was shocked to see her in front. I expected her to come from back in the field,” Bailey said.

Colless conceded he was also surprised by her early dash.

“She just lobbed in front but that’s not the way to ride her,” Colless said.

“She’s got a mind of her own and is still a preparation away from being anywhere near her top.”

Bailey paid $230,000 for La Bella Rose as a yearling at the Sydney Easter sales and expects better things from her as she matures.

“She pulled up shin-sore after her first run in January and she’s a big filly,” he said.

“I’ve got no doubt she’s a better chaser and she’ll only get better as she matures.”