JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW: FROM HONG KONG TO FLEMINGTON

Dec 16, 2016

Great to be back on home soil after a world wind trip to Hong Kong for last weekend's big international race-meeting. It was my first trip to Hong Kong and it certainly won't be my last. The racing and hospitality was first class and I must thank Hong Kong owner Francis Wu for being a terrific host. 

I was lucky enough to spend a morning at trackwork with leading HK trainer Casper Fownes. Casper has been one of Hong Kong's best trainers for a long time so it was invaluable chatting to him and getting an insight into his training methods and philosophies. 

We have a big weekend ahead with a runner at Yarra Valley today, two runners at Flemington tomorrow and the annual Owners Christmas Party at Denistoun Park on Sunday. Looking forward to seeing plenty of owners here on Sunday. 

SPRITELY READY TO POUNCE

The weekend action kicks off at Yarra Valley today with evergreen mare SPRITELY GIRL going around in the final race. She needed the run last start at Mornington and strips a much fitter horse going into today's race. If she can overcome the sticky gate (barrier 7 in a field of 8), she should give a great sight for her owners. 

LOOK OUT FOR DANGER SECOND UP

DANGER CLOSE always improves second up and I am expecting a good run tomorrow at Flemington. He got too far back first up at Pakenham in a race where nothing was able to make ground. I expect Froggy to have him a bit closer tomorrow so he can be ready to pounce at the clocktower. If Danger can find his old form, he isn't without a chance in an even looking race. 

Unfortunately, we had to scratch SANG CHOI BAO who whacked his leg at Tuesday morning trackwork. I am hoping to have him ready for Sale next Thursday. 

Above: Danger at trackwork this morning

CAN TEDDY BOUNCE BACK?

On face value, THUNDER TEDDINGTON looked disappointing in the Pakenham Cup but it may pay to forgive that run. The Cup developed into a sit and sprint race which didn't suit the Hungarian who performs best when he can roll along at a good tempo. We will ride him a bit differently tomorrow and hopefully we see the best of him. 

HAPPY SNAPS FROM THE TRACK

Above: Our Excelebration filly looks the part at trackwork this morning

Above: Our Pins x Flowerdrum filly on track for her first jumpout next week

Above: Promising galloper Aeroplane gearing up for the Autumn