Eagle Farm: Steve Tregea targets hometown Toowoomba Cup with Champagne Aunty after third straight win

Steve Tregea has a thing for winning streaks.

The Toowoomba-based trainer has enjoyed a bumper year which has seen Incentivise reel off six consecutive wins, only to be later matched by stablemate Eloquently shortly after.

He can now add another one to the list after Champagne Aunty took her winning streak to three at Eagle Farm on Saturday, emerging as a top staying prospect.

On a seven-day back up, Champagne Aunty was dominant in the Class 6 Handicap (1835m), putting away her rivals with ease despite not racing in her customary leading position.

“It must be the slower horses around this time of year, it’s nice,” Tregea laughed post-race.

“They say keep yourself in the best company and your horses in the worst so that’s what I do, exactly that – except for Incentivise

“She has lobbed at the right time of the year to pick up those type of races.”

Winning three times in four weeks, Tregea has put his hometown Toowoomba Cup on the radar for the stayer, saying she is looking for more ground.

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“She was a bit more dour today, probably the one-week back up so it didn’t surprise me,” he said.

“She was nice and relaxed in the enclosure and the week back up probably took the edge off her.

“We both thought she would lead and she didn’t so it’s good she relaxed mid-race, she might be looking for longer. The Toowoomba Cup is coming up, that would be the obvious race for her.”

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Jockey Larry Cassidy and Tregea are under no illusions as to the mare’s shortcomings, saying she is still inclined to do things wrong.

“She has a few tricks to her, like everything from that female line,” Tregea said.

“She kicks a bit, bashes the wall all the time and hurts herself but she has been good the last few months. We keep her covered with boots all the time so she can’t hurt herself.”

The Toowoomba Cup is held on Weetwood day on September 25, with Tregea saying he has never won the race in the past.

Rival trainer Rob Heathcote is building a picket fence of his own with the talented Release The Beans, who took his winning streak to three following a tough win in the Three-Year-Old Handicap (1400m).

Jockey Luke Dittman said the his mount had no right to win at the 200m mark but miraculously lifted him off the canvas while carrying 59kg.

Heathcote has summer plans for the son of Spill The Beans who has amassed more than $220,000 in prizemoney in five starts.

“I put Luke on when I had the option of putting (apprentice) Leah Kilner on but I just felt Luke’s strength and understanding could be the difference and in the end I think that is what won us the race,” he said.

“I know weight stops trains but he won with 59kg … We will probably give him a break now, he is a Magic Millions horse.”

Originally published asTregea toasts latest winning streak with Champagne

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