Former Western Australian mare Volkoff broke her Queensland Maiden in style today at the Sunshine Coast when she took out the Bake Boss Open Handicap over 1000 metres. The daughter of Time Thief settled at the tail of the field before unleashing a powerful finish down the outside of the field to arrive in time and also provide a maiden win for jockey Mark Du Plessis and Team Guy. The catalyst for today’s victory was two gear changes along with a familiar race pattern that had seen the mare find the winners stall on ten previous occasions in Perth.
Winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy was thrilled to see Volkoff finish off as well as she did today after not having much luck at her two previous runs for the stable “we thought she went super first up with little luck and then last start everything went wrong so we took her home tried a couple of different things like blinkers and a tongue tie and back to her favourite distance and thankfully we have been rewarded. She is a great mare to train and I wish we had a stable full of them.”
Volkoff was ridden today by inform jockey Mark Du Plessis who was having his first ride for the Guy Stable and he rewarded the stable with a ten out of ten ride and said that he wasn’t surprised with the finishing burst given the way she travelled in running “I was told by Team Guy to just jump her out and get her into a rhythm and approaching the corner let her move into the race with an uninterrupted run and see how she finishes off and boy did she hit the line strongly, she is a nice mare”
Local media identity Steve Hawkins played a key role in Team Guy getting Volkoff to train and Co Trainer Daniel Guy was thankful for his recommendation “Firstly we have to thank Steve Hawkins for recommending Dad and I to her owner Paul Whyte to train her after she was passed in at the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale. Thankfully Paul took his advice and we have been able to reward him with a victory today. She is a nice mare who is a pleasure to train. Also it was good to see her race day strapper Jack Withey lead in his first winner today as he is currently doing a traineeship with the stable and it will be a day he doesn’t forget.”