International jockey Robbie Fradd’s plan to boost his profile in Queensland got a boost when Tarloshan won the $100,000 Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Monday.
Kiwi mare Tarloshan ($3) crossed to the lead from an outside barrier and defied all challengers in the straight to beat Into the Red ($11) by three lengths with a head to Time To Plunder ($6.50) in third place.
Trainer Graham Boyd made a wise decision when he elected to stay on the Gold Coast with Tarloshan after she won the Just Now Quality at Doomben in December.
Tarloshan was a good second to star mare Tinto in the Toowoomba Bernborough Hcp on New Year’s Eve and Boyd then pinpointed the Sunshine Coast Cup for her.
Boyd races Tarloshan in partnership with Andrew Dalley, whose family picked the mare out of paddock as a young horse in New Zealand.
Tarloshan has now won six races and $240,000 in prize money and Boyd will look at some of the better races in Sydney and Brisbane for her.
Boyd has made a success of visits to Queensland and won the 2012 Tattersall’s Cup with Ginga Dude.
Fradd, a former South Africa and Hong Kong premier jockey, turned 50 recently but would like to continue riding for a few years yet.
“I rode Tarloshan work and I was very confident going into the race,” Fradd said.
He has ridden 31 winners since moving to the Gold Coast in August but is hungry for more.
“There are a lot of good senior riders here and some very promising apprentices. But I am keen to get more quality rides,” he said.
Jockey Tegan Harrison said Into The Red had chased the winner in the straight but Tarloshan had been too strong.
Gold Coast trainer Brenden Mackay and apprentice James Orman continued their good association when Craiglea Cruz ($4) scored his first open company win in the Century 21 Coastal Hcp (1000m).
Craiglea Cruz has won three of his six starts for Mackay, who combined with Orman to produce runaway Doomben winner Nardoo last week.
Mackay said Craiglea Cruz had yet to put in a bad run for him.
“He finished fifth in the Bat Out of Hell when forced very deep and then they ran a course record to beat him at The Sunshine Coast last week,” Mackay said.
Trainer Liam Birchley also continued his good run when Lady Jetsetter ($2.20) won the Integrale Homes Three Year Old (1000m).
Birchley, who won the Karaka Million in New Zealand on Sunday with Hardline, will look at some of the better three year old races for Lady Jetsetter, the winner of four of her past five starts.
Meanwhile, stewards adjourned the inquiry into the fall which saw jockeys Luke Dittman and Rick McMahon fall in the Sunco Motors Hcp (1400m).
Stewards took evidence from four riders in the race but adjourned to a date when Dittman is available.