Talented filly Forbidden Love demonstrated her class by enduring a wide run and still proving too good for a quality field of three-year-olds in the Listed $150,000 Gosford Guineas (1200m) at Gosford on Tuesday.
Trainer Richard Freedman described Forbidden Love as “a beauty” after she gave champion jockey James McDonald the final leg of a four-win haul at the feature Gosford meeting.
“Forbidden Love is one of those fillies that from the very start she’s just wanted to be a racehorse,’’ said Freedman, who co-trains with his brother, Michael. “She does everything you ask her to do.
“I’m not sure she was totally comfortable in the (heavy) ground, she hit a couple of flat spots, but James did a great job and she was too strong on the line.’’
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Forbidden Love ($2.20 favourite) was having her first start since her third in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day and finished powerfully to beat The Face ($7) by a widening margin of nearly a length. Marsannay ($15) ran on well for third, just over two lengths behind the winner.
Freedman confirmed Forbidden Love will go straight to the $2 million Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 16 and added: “There is improvement in her, too,’’ he said.
TAB Fixed Odds price assessors tightened Forbidden Love to the second line of betting at $6 and Away Game easing to $7 behind Isotope, the $2.80 favourite to lead home a fillies trifecta in the Magic Millions Guineas.
Richard Freedman said there was still improvement in Forbidden Love after her win in the Gosford Guineas. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
McDonald’s win on Forbidden Love came after his earlier successes on the impressive Street Power, Nosey and Split Not A Shock.
In Gosford’s other feature race, Threeood gave trainer Joe Pride and syndicator James Moss of Tricolours their second win in the Group 3 $160,000 Belle of the Turf Stakes (1600m).
Pride had combined with Tricolours to win the race with Pecans three years ago and they had reason to celebrate again when Threeood ($4.40), brilliantly ridden by Rachel King, scored by a length from Oakfield Missile ($31) with Selica ($14) a long head away third. Fulmina ($2.90 favourite) finished fourth, nearly two lengths behind the winner.
Threeood had been unplaced at her previous two Sydney starts over sprint trips but Pride felt the step up to 1600m, suitable heavy track conditions and a perfect King ride gave his mare the chance to show her best form.
“She’s very tough, she doesn’t know when to lie down,’’ Pride said. “The (inside) barrier really helped her, she got the right run and it was a super little ride from Rachel.’’
Originally published asForbidden Love gets pulses racing for Magic showdown
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