It has been fairly quiet on the racehorse front of late, with none of the team ready for Melbourne spring carnival greatness. Let's take a look at where the team is at.
After Punt Club's good preparation over summer last year which netted him two wins at The Valley we decided to set Punty for a 955 metre race at his favourite track on Cox Plate Day. But some wear and tear issues meant he needed more time out in the paddock. Could be a blessing in disguise as he'll be resuming after the spring carnival when most of the good horses are spelling. Punt Club is now doing well in training at Ballarat and Pat has selected a race in the back half of November at The Valley for his first up assignment. Expect him to be racing at The Valley regularly on a Friday night.
Surprisingly She's Tidy is still a maiden. A slow maturing lightly raced daughter of Sebring she's showed ability on the racetrack. Placed four of her eight starts it is hoped she can get over some ground. Plenty of Sebring's progeny get over distance and we reckon this could be Tidy's breakthrough preparation. I'm tipping she can be a handy mare at around 2000 metres, and at that distance range the opposition definitely gets thinner. She's in work at Ballarat and isn't far off trialling.
The best bred horse in the team is still proving to be a handful. So Electric who is by So You Think and out of a mare that has produced a Group 1 winner, has always been a nervous and hard to do anything with type of horse. She's bred to get over a cup distance but to do that she must learn to relax in her work and then on the racetrack. She's back in work at Nagambie (video below) and she's doing dressage and building up her fitness gradually. Now four years old we're hoping with maturity and more racetrack experience she can turn the corner.
The Reward For Effort / Muppets filly has a tendency to find trouble. Her latest incident saw her ending up at the equine hospital after a kick to her hock caused a cut which became infected. It's just another hiccup in a string of small issues this horse has endured. Now nicknamed (not so) "Lucky" following her latest incident she's back on track at Nagambie and she'll head to Ballarat once she has a solid fitness base. Really like what this filly has shown on the track. She's a lovely moving filly (see video below) and has shown enough in her gallops to suggest owners can have some fun with her. Still 20% left in her if anyone wants to race her with us.
Autonomous raced last Friday at Warrnambool and looked to hit the line well beaten 2.5 lengths. He is a honest type of horse that loves the wet tracks. Pat will try and find some races over the next month for him that may suit and then the horse will be given a good spell in preparation for a winter campaign.
Layne's Star is back at Ballarat after a freshen up at Princess Park. She won her maiden well at Ballarat at her last campaign and given she likes the sting out of the tracks we reckon she could perform well at Moonee Valley on the well cushioned surface. She's not far off a first up run.
Equiamico is an unraced brother of the Flying Doormat. He's grown into a lovely type of horse and he should be making his debut in the next month or two.
Rosebank (in the video below) resumes pre-training Monday after a good seven week spell. The unraced daughter of Helmet looks in great order and we'd expect her to be making her racetrack debut over summer.
The Wild Wild West looked amazing when she departed Princess Park last week after six weeks in pre-training. I feel that we finally worked out how to best ride this filly at her last preparation. She has shown a liking to being ridden back early. Her best runs have been when she has been ridden this way and she has found the line well on every occasion she's been ridden back. A win for her is not far away.
Think I'm Dreaming (in the video below) is currently spelling at Princess Park but close to resuming training. At her last campaign for Henry Dwyer at Caulfield, she had a tendency to want to over-race in her trials and also on debut. Given her pedigree says she should get over ground, she'll be taught to relax better. Ridden quietly I'm sure this filly will show a dramatic improvement. She looks super and I'm looking forward to this preparation.
Bombay Bullet had a good educational campaign over winter at Ballarat. Currently spelling at Millford Thoroughbreds she had three barrier trials and showed enough to suggest she can be an improve at her next campaign.
Artie's Party races tomorrow at Stawell in a 0-58 over 1100 metres. Artie's had a freshen up at Nagambie after he ran five lengths behind the winner in a benchmark 70 race at Ballarat. He looks much better suited in this and the claim for Lucinda Doodt brings him back down to 58.5kg's. He's drawn a nice gate so expect him to be ridden off speed and hoping he can be hitting the line.