DREAM ABOUT ME ONLY NOMINATION FOR ALL STARS AT OAMARU
LAZARUS AND HEAVEN ROCKS HEAD reduced SQUAD OF TO RANGIORA WORKOUTS WEDNESDAY-11
ALL STARS PRODUCE MOST PROMISING AUCKLAND REACTOR YOUNGSTER YET- APPROPRIATELY
NEW BRIGHTON CUP COMEBACK WIN FOR HAVE FAITH IN ME
*WEATHER WOES have reduced the team heading to RANGIORA on Wednesday but there is still plenty to see. Lining up THE DEVIL'S OWN, GENTLE GIANT, ALL U NEED IS FAITH, OHANZEE, LAZARUS, HEAVEN ROCKS,BETTOR TRIX, THINK ABOUT ME, FUNATTHEBEACH, TURN IT UP AND READY TO BLOOM
Dream About Me went terrific at Addington and she will run again at Oamaru next week. She had to do the hard work in the open and it was an encouraging first up run. Conway Beach was the victim of circumstances though she would not have won. She was getting a real good run for a round and when Blair came around I went to follow him but he broke. My filly came down pacing actually but the check was too much for her after that.
We have had a good week. We had a busy hoppling session before we went to the races and I was very pleased with what they were doing. So it will be on to the trials now.
Have Faith In Me seems to us to be a horse at his best when just given a little break between races so he would almost certainly bypass Oamaru. He was really good today, got away well and got the right run but he accelerated hard when the pressure went on and his last quarter was very sharp.
Chase Auckland is a lovely horse and he was just too good today. He ran his last mile in sharp time too and he is not finished yet.
(A regular column from our stable manager Michelle Neilson)
We have reduced the team going to the workouts on Wednesday because of the weather so some will be delayed a week. Others who have come back in the last week are Cheerful, Kayla Marie, Princess Tiffany, Bettor My Dreamz and Bettor's Delight-Catapult .
I am hopefully well on the way back now but it seems a long seven weeks since the operation on the shoulder. Everything has gone well so far and I am due to see the specialist about the 23rd of this month and I hope to get a clearance to return to work. The shoulder is out of the sling and feeling good but of course it hasn't been under any pressure yet. To say I am keen to get back into action is an understatement. But I know I won't be able to do it all at once. Just to get back in the action will be enough for me at the moment.
I thought I would only be driving at Methven on Sunday but Dad and Natalie have given me a chance behind Renske B at Addington on Saturday. It is not a big field but with the way the draw works she is not in a great place for a first up run. Beside that she was inclined to be a bit fierce early in some of her races last season and I will be looking to get her to relax out of the gate which means I will probably go back. I drove her at Addington behind a GP on Wednesday and she certainly feels good, Zahari Zulu is my drive in the Juniors race at Methven. He is just out of maidens and hasn't raced for a while but I think he will be competitive. I am also driving Better Than That again. He has disappointed me sometimes lately but in saying that he has run pretty solid races and hasn't been too far away. First on grass but that should not be a worry. This is definitely a field he can beat and I am optimistic again he can do it.
Yes I am going to train with Tim Butt from early December on at this stage It was a decision which was not hard to make in one way but difficult in another. I have really enjoyed my time here and handling all those good horses as well as learning so much from Natalie and Mark. But you have to keep moving on in this game and he opportunity to train on my own account with a larger team was a great opportunity and too good to miss. I will be taking some of my horses with us but we are not sure how many Tim will have based there yet of course so nothing is confirmed there.
Titan Banner is probably my best drive this weekend. He has had that race to condition him and that is an advantage over Mark and Natalie's two good as I know they are. But Graeme seems very happy with his progress and he should be hard to beat. I haven't driven him since he was a three year old but that won' t be a problem and the standing start won't worry him. Hit the Sky seems to go ok but this is quite a strong field. Mark and Nat have two in it that show promise and there are at least two others who are strong chances and you have to remember that Rum in The Sun is still knocking and the mobile might help him to get away better with them.
Gupta's Cullen is our horse and while she has trialled and we like her but she could be one short. We are aiming her at a mare's race at Winton on the 25th so she will improve with anything she does here. Belle's Son is more or less a fill in for Dexter but did get home quite good for him last time and should go a bold race because he would only improve with that run.
On Sunday we have a couple in our own and Arizona Highway for Amber. He has some ability but is still a bit dumb, a big horse with a bit to learn. Frankie D
TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS-AND THOSE NOW
You just have to turn the page. That was our view of More the Better in the Breeder's Crown when he lost his chance early. By the time you get to my stage in life racing doesn't have too many surprises but you know enough to know you are always ready for the bad ones.
Nobody seems to know what happened to him but as I say it is history now. Mark tells me he will have two months in the paddock now. He and Sicario and Partyon are spelling up here before they are tried again. There is not much four year old racing until later in the season and More the Better has to race the Cup horses from now on too so it won't be easy. But he's done a great job for us so far and at least we still have a horse.
Pilch had a spell in hospital with pneumonia and I am having a bit of trouble with arthritis at the moment so we are not quite as fit as the horses we race !
STATS CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS
1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m
*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA
Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.
NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.
*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list
TRIALLING THIS WEEK
11.45 Funatthbeach, Think About Me (qualifier)
12.15 Turn It Up
12.30 Bettor Trix
1.30: Gentle Giant
1.45: All U Need is Faith
2.00. The Devil's Own
2.15: Lazarus Heaven Rocks