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
|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|