Shining Stars May 30

The Rising Sun

It was another week where potential Hayden slot runners were to the fore in the Sunshine State, with the winner of the QBRED feature slot race securing the Racing Queensland ticket to the Eureka.

Regazzo Di Tilly claimed another impressive victory, the son of Changeover stretching his streak to three in succession with a 1.52.1 mile.

Three-year-old Ellis Street has been in terrific form this season and on Tuesday the gelding took another step to a potential slot holder deal in The Hayden when leading throughout.

Making an error at his only previous attempt at the 2138 metre journey, there was no doubting his ability in running a strong middle trip when leading throughout and pulling clear to an 13.5-metre margin, with his last 800 run in 54.8 | 26.8.

Hold Onto Ya Bling might just sneak into calculations in a less-traditional way, winning the final Trot Rods heat at Redcliffe and lowering the best time with a victory, the eighth of his career.

No winner across the weekend captured more attention than last season’s Blacks A Fake winner Swayzee, which returned from a spell at Menangle over the longer 2300 metre trip.

His performance was enormous, pressing forward from a wide gate and power running the trip to stop the clock in a jaw-dropping 1.52.1, indicating he will be a huge force when the Grimson team arrives in Queensland in the coming weeks.

Tay Tay could be a potential Golden Girl contender off the back of her 1.50.4 win, adding more firepower to the Grimson team which will also feature the five-year-old trotter Royal Dan.

Driven by Jack Callaghan, Royal Dan was 0.9 seconds off the 2300 metre track record held by Tough Monarch, leading throughout to score a powerful victory.

The Nathan Turnbull trained and driven On Deadline claimed his third successive victory when leading throughout over 2300, the 2023 South East Derby winner eyeing off the Rising Sun.

At Melton, Captain Hammerhead put his name forward for a potential Rising Sun invite when he claimed his fourth win in his third win in his past four starts, grinding out a tough win in smart time over the 2240 metre journey.

Connections of the talented four-year-old mare Shes Ruby Roo could have a decision to make around a Great Square spot, the mare scoring in good time in claiming her ninth career win from 23 starts.

Aaron Dunn was thrilled with the performance of his two-year-old Forty Love and will head to the inaugural Ladbrokes Protostar under Dunn’s slot off the back of his 1.54.7 victory.

Already a Rising Sun invitee, The Lost Storm resumed from a spell with a narrow victory, while the Rickie Alchin trained three-year-old, Soho Spectre, added victory in the APG Bullion to his New South Wales Derby win, suggesting he will be a contender if he makes the trip North.

Locally at the trials, Sure Thing Captain was scintillating, unofficially timed over his last 800 in 53.4 in scoring at Tuesday’s trial session at The Creek.

At the trials from Menangle, Don Lou and Loyalist tackled a standing start trial over the mile, their 1.53.9 rate was 1.5 seconds quicker than the 1.55.4 track record.

A confirmed Rising Sun runner, Captains Knock stepped out in the same trial session, only asked over the last 400 scoring narrowly in a 26.2 closing quarter.

Some horses to watch this week from a Constellations Carnival perspective.

The Creek Saturday

R2- Aardies Flash, Leap To Fame, Wisper A Secret

R3- Cheer Leader, Free Thinker

R4- For Real Life

R6- Girl From Rosedale, Its Ebonynivory

R7- Eye Keep Smiling

R9- Adelle, Constantinople, Funny Face, Gus, Majestic Harry, Van Sank

R10- Quik Change, Shes Fullofspirit

Menangle Saturday

R1- Bluto,

R5- Fire Fox, Hi Manameisjeff, On Deadline, Taipo,

R9- Caligula

Melton Saturday

R7- Virginia Clowers