TWO horses with bright futures made winning returns to the racetrack on Snake Gully Cup day.
Goulburn trainer Kurt Goldman has the Magic Millions carnival in mind for lightly-raced three-year-old Irish Songs after his win on Friday.
Irish Songs ($1.65) justified his short price with an easy win in the $40,000 Tooheys Extra Dry Maiden Plate (1100m).
Irish Songs only three starts prior to Gundagai were in city grade and the son of Shamus Award appreciated the drop back to country grade for his first-up assignment.
Goldman has a big opinion of the three-year-old.
"The Gold Coast is the goal, when he learns a bit more," Goldman said.
"It's good, we came here to get the job done and he's done that,
"There's a Highway in two weeks for him and then we'll go towards the Magic Millions. We have to weigh up whether we go to the Country Classic or win enough to get into the Guineas.
"He's bred to be running over a mile and he's still learning what it's all about."
Irish Songs scored by three quarters of a length for jockey Nick Heywood from Moore Euros ($4.80) and Concours ($81.00).
Also making a winning return at Gundagai was smart three-year-old filly Mookareena ($6.00), who took out the Swire Shipping Class One Showcase Handicap (1100m) for the Joseph-Jones team and Simon Miller.
Trainer Paul Jones said they will pick out a Highway Handicap for the filly now.
“She’s come back very well,” Jones said.
“She works with open class horses at home, which is obviously a good sign for a three-year-old filly.”