Eagle Farm races: Bold Executive emerges as a Queensland Derby contender

Three-year-old gelding Bold Executive put his hand up as a potential Queensland Derby contender when relishing his first go over the 2206m at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Trainer Garnett Taylor hinted post race that the son of Top Echelon could possibly make his way to the three-year-old feature after taking care of the QTIS 3YO Handicap with ease.

“Was it a practice run for the Queensland Derby? Maybe but we’ll just freshen him up and see how he goes,” Garnett told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“He was a touch underdone the other day and I set him for this race to see if he could run the trip, which he did.”

A mid-race move from @RyanWiggins1982 sees Bold Executive claim Race 2 at @BrisRacingClub Eagle Farm for @GTaylorRacing! pic.twitter.com/u7xlEzBYF2

Bold Executive stepped slowly but eventually made his way to the front, courtesy to a patient ride by veteran jockey Ryan Wiggins.

“I was just lucky that the rider outside me didn’t force me onto the fence, so I just took my time getting there,” Wiggins said.

“When I eventually got to take over the lead I thought I was a big chance.

“The horse was a bit stiff last start when he was six week between runs, and it was pretty much the same field so I reckon he would have had them covered the other day if he had a run under his belt.”

Earlier, Brad Steward give Tony Haydon a rare Saturday city winner with his handy galloper Kalik.

The four-year-old was more than a year between wins but Haydon says keeping him over the sprint trips is the key.

“He’s bred to stay but he loves to sprint – it’s probably where he gets the good action from,” Haydon said.

“Today it was just a perfect ride. The pace was beautiful, it was genuine speed so we rolled off the leaders heels at the right time and just kept on coming.”

Originally published asBold performance puts Derby on trainer’s mind

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