29 March 2021 | Paul Courts
HAVING secured a well-earned Group One, classy youngster Idyllic will be given the opportunity to add another major to his tally in coming weeks.
With two placings and a hard fought fifth from his three previous top shelf appearances, Idyllic “cracked a big one” in last night’s Bathurst Gold Chalice.
Pleased with the three-year-old’s performance trainer Clayton Tonkin plans to give Idyllic a short freshen-up before targeting the Australian Pacing Gold series.
The Sales-based futurity concludes in a $350,000 Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on May 29.
In what shapes as an APG extravaganza, the leading yearling sales company will offer a mouth watering $1.2million across three states that night.
Along with a pair of $350,000 Finals for three-year-olds, the evening includes two $125,000 Two-Year-Old Gold Bullion Finals and two $50,000 Consolations.
Consolations are also scheduled to be held at Club Menangle and Albion Park, while Gloucester Park will host a Consolation the previous night.
“He’s gone close in a few Group Ones so it’s good that’s he’s finally cracked a big one,” Tonkin said. “I was pretty confident with his chances, but he still had to get out there and get the job done.
“I’ll give him a short break now then it’ll be on to the APG in May.”
With star reinsman Luke McCarthy holding the reins Idyllic began quickly to lead from barrier three as defending champion Tasty Delight worked overtime to find the ‘death seat’.
Striding clear halfway along the home straight, the colt staved off a late charge from Kashed Up to score by a half-head.
Tasty Delight battled on gamely to be seven metres away third.
Rating 1:52.9 over 1730 metres, Idyllic stretched his record to eight wins and seven placings from 18 starts for earnings of $159,890.
“He had no peace in front and was still able to fight them off up the straight,” Tonkin said. “It was a pretty game effort from him.”
American-bred being by Somebeachsomewhere from Ideal Priority, Idyllic is a brother to ill-fated mare Petacular, which won 19 of her 26 starts, with seven wins and $454,083 also to her credit.
Also an APG graduate, Petacular’s victories include the 2017 Group One Breeders’ Crown which was her final start.