WEEKEND PREVIEW: PURITAN FLYING UNDER THE RADAR
Apr 09, 2016
As at 3pm today, Zasorceress is still sweating on a run in tomorrow's AJC Oaks! At 7:30am tomorrow morning, we will know one way or another whether she has made the field.
If she misses a run, all is not lost. She would most likely run in next Saturday's Frank Packer Plate before heading to Adelaide for the G1 Australasian Oaks in May.
PURITAN FLYING UNDER THE RADAR
One horse that is guaranteed a run on Day 2 of the Championships is PURITAN. He has been keeping a low profile since his good run in the Darby Munro Stakes and goes into tomorrow's race as the forgotten horse.
He over-raced with the blinkers on in the Darby Munro but his closing sectionals were still very good. The blinkers come off tomorrow and he steps up to 1400m for the first time so hopefully he switches off and relaxes.
He has drawn barrier 15 which would normally spell the end for most horses. Not Puritan. He hates being in between horses and grows another leg when he gets out wide with space. Look for him to be powering home late.
BUMPER DAY ON SUNDAY
The stable has five runners at Pakenham on Sunday and we will be disappointed if we can't find a winner or two. Here is a quick run down on each runner.
Sister Close (pictured) - coming off two straight wins and no reason why she wont make it a hat-trick!
Lady Provocateur (pictured) - won well on debut last year before having a spell. Matured into a big strong filly and hasn't put a foot wrong this preparation. Should run well first up.
Magazine Gap - been freshened up since a below par run at Stony Creek. He is a big raw horse which will enjoy a big track. Likely improver.
Swipeaway - his last run was better than it looked on paper. Will be ridden more positively on Sunday and is capable of running into the placings.
Reigning Jewel - a new addition to the stable from Peter Moody's yard. Had excuses last time out at Wodonga when she over-raced and should improve with the blinkers coming off.
VALE SINGLE DAYS
It was a very very sad morning at trackwork this morning with one of our favourites horses in Single Days injuring himself and having to be put down.
Affectionately nicknamed "Fat Boy" by his long time strapper and best mate Simon Bourchier, Single Days had been a much loved member of the stable for over 4 years.
"He was one of the most gifted gallopers I have trained. It was just a shame we never saw the best of him as he had genuine Group ability. It was a sad day for the stable and all his owners as he was loved by everyone..he was a real gentleman of a horse" - Jason Warren