Volkoff headed to Doomben today looking to atone for her last start second placing and the daughter of Time Thief didn’t let her supporters down scoring a track record win the Hillross Montefiore & Co Open Handicap. Drawing perfectly in barrier one Volkoff was able to take up a better then midfield position just behind the speed, and jockey Mark Du Plessis stuck to the rails to take the shortest way home and the move proved to be a winning one with the mare scoring a narrow victory.
Winning Co Trainer Daniel Guy was pleased that the pre race plan was executed to perfection after the mare didn’t have the best of luck at her last run in the heavy conditions “We were glad to be back on top of the ground today after running on the heavy track last start, she was a bit unlucky because all the speed came out of that race and it probably cost us the race but all that is forgotten now. It was another terrific ride by Mark who keeps his 100% record on the mare. After that win she will now head to the Tattersall’s Fillies and Mares Classic on the 24thof November and under the set weight conditions she gets in very well.”
Volkoff proved she is not a one trick pony who’s previous win for the stable was a sweeping finish down the outside under the guidance of today’s winning Jockey Mark Du Plessis who explained after the race he was a little concerned with how things would play out from the inside draw “I was a little worried about where we would end up from the inside draw, I was hoping that we wouldn’t get buried in behind them but she began brilliantly and was able to settle in the first half of the field which was a big help. My main worry then was getting clear running but Bryan and Daniel explained to me yesterday to have patience when looking for inside runs at Doomben and they were right.”
Volkoff joins the long list of horses whom have found a new home at the Guy Stable’s after originally starting their careers interstate and Co Trainer Bryan Guy was thankful to have been given the opportunity to train her “It’s always great to get a new horse and client into the stable and I am over the moon for her owner Paul Whyte because not many people would have given an older mare another season but he did and it has paid dividends, hopefully we can get a stakes win in three weeks. What this also goes to show is that interstate horses have a great record when transferring to Queensland and now with the recent prize money increase it has become a far more attractive exercise.”