WEEKEND PREVIEW: PURITAN ENTERS THE BIG LEAGUE
Sep 12, 2015
It’s going to be an exciting couple of days for the stable with seven runners lining up over the next two days headed by exciting youngster PURITAN who lines up in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at only his second race start.
A brilliant debut winner two weeks ago, he steps out tomorrow against the big boys looking to stake his claim as one of the best 3yo’s in the country.
“The horse looks an absolute treat and he couldn’t have worked any better on Tuesday morning. He comes up against a hot field and we all know the enormity of the task in front of him…I think he’s pretty good but we’ll find out just how good he is tomorrow” said Warren.
‘There is a great bunch of owners involved in this horse and it’s big thrill to have a live chance in a Group 2 race. I think the boys will be pretty toey and excited tomorrow at around 2pm tomorrow"
Khal Drogo (Race 2): Hasn't had much luck at his past couple of starts and finally draws a good gate tomorrow. Huge drop in grade and looms as a genuine chance.
Maconsilia (Race 6): Super consistent and tough old campaigner who deserves a win after being close up all preparation. Young Irishman Alan Creighton takes the ride...he is a rider with a good future.
Unlawful (Race 6): Needs a scratching to gain a start. If she sneaks into the field, the big Sebring mare she isn’t without a chance after a good run last start.
Tillaconi (Race 7): Its been a while since he saluted so he is overdue! if he returns to his best form, he is right up to winning this race which doesn’t look overly strong.
Airlie Magic (Race 3): Huge run at 50-1 last start when nearly caused a big boilover. Won’t be those odds tomorrow but she should get out to nice each way odds. Suspect that there are some smart first starters in the race but Airlie has race fitness and experience on her side. Don’t dismiss her.
Match Day (Race 4): Ran out of condition the run last start after a month between runs. Strips fitter going into this race and should improve stepping up to 2000m tomorrow for the first time.
Letter From Paris (Race 6) – didn’t appreciate being restrained last start and will roll forward from her wide gate on Sunday. Has been freshened up and is another who should improve.
“NINA” RULES AT PAKENHAM
Dane Shadow filly NINA RULES was sent out a hot $1.60 favourite at Pakenham on Tuesday and got the job done holding on for a tenacious victory.
For owner/breeder Ross Ferris from Two Bays Farm in Flinders and fellow owners Ben, Jake and Luke Hannemann, it was their first ever win!
“Nina was passed in at last years Inglis Easter Sale so I decided to keep her and race her with the Hannemann boys. It’s the first horse that any of us have owned and she is giving us a great thrill…lets hope it continues” said Ferris.
“Two Bays Farm is still young and Nina was part of the first crop of yearlings which we took to the sales. If we can keep producing tough racehorses like her, we'll have plenty of happy buyers".
ZASORCERESS MAKES AN ENCOURAGING DEBUT
Zabeel filly ZASORCERESS made a nice debut at Bendigo last week coming rattling home to finish 4th on debut. She is still entered for the Thousand Guineas but the stable is more likely to by-pass the Guineas and aim for a stakes-race later in the spring.
“She is a lovely filly and possibly the best we’ve had for a while. We are not going to over-race her this spring. She will only have a few starts before gearing up for the AJC Oaks in the Autumn” said Warren.
SANG CHOI TRIALS IMPRESSIVELY
SANG CHOI BAO (pictured below) had a freshen up after his excellent run in the Creswick Stakes back in July. He tuned up for the spring with an eye catching trial at Cranbourne today. He looks set for a nice spring!
Two-time winner PARALLEL LINES was another to trial strongly this morning. She resumes at Caulfield next Saturday on route to the Edward Manifold Stakes in early October.
ALLANO’S SLASHING DEBUT
For those who didn’t see ALLANO’s Australian debut last week, it might be worth watching the replay. The German import was last at the 400m and stormed home to finish 5th reeling of some slick sectionals.
He is due to run on Wednesday week and just might find himself in a country cup later in the spring.