Florentina Shows Class in Wet 2012 Gold Coast Guineas

May 5th, 2012

Talented filly Florentina has again proven her wet-track credentials, winning the Group 3 2012 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) by a length today.

From three starts on slow or heavy tracks, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice now has two victories and one runner-up finish.

With experienced jockey Glyn Schofield in the saddle, the David Hayes-trained horse was happy to sit mid-field as Didntcostalot took the early lead.

As the field approach the final turn, Florentina showed an excellent turn of foot to shoot to the lead and charge away for a one-length victory ahead of Punch On and Double Impact.

It marks just the second win of the youngster’s career after placing behind quality fields several times in the spring.

Florentina  has now won over $200,000 in prize money and will push on to the Brisbane Winter Carnival in tremendous form.

Heavily-backed favourite Easy Running jumped poorly and was never able to recover, eventually finishing in 11th place.

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Gold Coast Guineas 2012 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 14 FLORENTINA David Payne Glyn Schofield 2 55kg $6
2 12 PUNCH ON Peter Balzen Paul Hammersley 1L 14 55kg $11
3 4 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Eddie Wilkinson 1.3L 7 57kg $15
4 13 EMMALENE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 1.4L 13 55kg $8
5 5 MORNING CAPTAIN Kelly Doughty Chris Munce 1.5L 12 57kg $4.20
6 7 EXTRACEED Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 2L 9 57kg $26
7 10 KELBENJAR Natalie Mccall Michael Cahill 2.8L 1 57kg $10
8 9 DIDNTCOSTALOT Marc Conners Jim Byrne 2.9L 8 57kg $9
9 6 SHOW A PRINCE Liam Birchley Luke Nolen 3.4L 10 57kg $31
10 3 BIGGLES Noel J Doyle Timothy Bell (a) 4.9L 11 57kg $18
11 1 EASY RUNNING Desleigh Forster Damian Browne 9.7L 3 57kg $3.50F
12 17e ONE TO GO Bruce W Hill Larry Cassidy 9.8L 5 57kg $81
13 11 STATE OF WEALTH Brian Smith Scott Galloway 10.1L 16 57kg $21
14 16 LUCKY MORNA Kelso Wood Jason Taylor 11.1L 6 55kg $26
15 19e WITCHES WONDER Mark Sims Daniel Griffin 14.9L 15 55kg $151
16 15 CRYSTAL DOLL Darryle Brusnahan Kelvin Wharton 15.7L 4 55kg $26