Racing: All Roads maps out path to Brisbane after big win

By NZ Racing Desk

Kelly McCulloch cuts loose on All Roads in the Tauranga feature on Saturday. Photo / NZME
Kelly McCulloch cuts loose on All Roads in the Tauranga feature on Saturday. Photo / NZME

All Roads powered to a deserved victory and the thick end of the $100,000 stake in Saturday's Windsor Park Stud Japan-New Zealand International Trophy at Tauranga and all but confirmed plans for Queensland.

"Brisbane's not a bad place to be in the winter time and it's nice when they've already paid their way," said Donna Logan, who trains All Roads with Chris Gibbs.

"The money there is very good and he's quite versatile, I think he will get over more ground."

All Roads had finished runner-up in three of his previous four starts, including an unlucky run when cramped for room in the Rich Hill Mile.

"He should have won that " he's a very good horse," Logan said. "My biggest concern today was the track and he only just coped with it."

All Roads was given time to find his feet and he improved near the turn before rider Kelly McCulloch cut loose on the son of Road To Rock in the straight.

The topweight Scapolo powered home down the outside to finish runner-up with his fellow central districts visitor Beefeater making a good fist of his open class debut with his effort for third.

McCulloch has now won five races on All Roads and she had predicted a top future for the gelding after she was successful in a Rating 65 race on him last July.

- NZ Racing Desk

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