Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Racing Depth Goldslick-Divine City Battle Spotlights Strength of Rocky Racing

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Racing Depth Goldslick-Divine City Battle Spotlights Strength of Rocky Racing

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RACING: Central Queensland-owned fillies Goldslick and Divine City emphasised the strength of racing in Rockhampton when they fought out a stirring finish in last Saturday's $80,000 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1500m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane.

For the majority of punters, the resultant short-neck win by Goldslick (Kirk Matheson, $6.00) over Divine City (Anthony Allen, $2.60) and favourite, was not the preferred option but nevertheless it was always on the cards, especially so on a track rated a Slow 7.

Goldslick is raced by a syndicate which includes Rockhampton Jockey Club committeemen Bill Ouston and Noel Gardner and is currently trained in Brisbane by Liam Birchley who purchased the Bradbury's Luck filly as a yearling.

Divine City, a Brisbane winner on July 7, is raced by Bluff's Ron and Val Beak and trained by former premier Rockhampton trainer, the now Caloundra-based Garnett Taylor.

At one stage of her career from last September until this March, Goldslick was trained in Rockhampton by Lyle Rowe who won five successive Callaghan Park races with her on top of a Thangool Maiden success.

Under Birchley's care, Goldslick had been twice placed in stakes races which enhances her status for breeding purposes through Black Type listings which in some ways has created a dilemma for Birchley.

C[pounds sterling]I'm going to recommend to the owners that she (Goldslick) be spelled now and then transferred to be trained in Melbourne. She is only small and she will be very hard to place in Brisbane now where she will get a lot of weight. She loves the wet tracks and Melbourne should suit her as there are a lot of races there for fillies and mares Co I'm not talking about the big races but she will be better suited down there,C[yen] Birchley said.

He said Goldslick was a very tough mare before adding: C[pounds sterling]I wish I had 10 like her in the stableC[yen]. …

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