It was a few days of hard luck stories and tight finishes for a couple of Feek Racing runners across an action packed VRC Derby weekend. It began with the much improved and inform mare Zoffany Rose enduring a luckless run over 2500m at Moonee Valley on Friday night, a race many will agree the daughter of Zoffany should have gone very close to winning instead of the official margin of a length back in third. With no time to rest on their laurels the team fronted up at Traralgon on Derby Day with the consistent 4yo gelding Senor Alf stepping out over 1900m.
The striking chestnut son, also a son of Zoffany, was $4.8 chance in the BM64 Handicap running a hard fought third in a blanket finish that saw just 0.2 of a length between the winner and Senor Alf.
Seno Alf was given a beautiful ride by Daniel Stackhouse on Saturday and he fought to the line hard coming back at the first two right on the line. Trainer David Feek believes the gelding will appreciate 2400m+ so the intention will be to step the horse up and see how he copes with the extra distance.
'I was pleased enough with today's effort. They were getting of the rail so being on the inside might've been a slight disadvantage, however his run was satisfactory and providing Coral and I are happy with him we'll back him up over 2500m at Cranbourne this Friday'. Said David Feek shortly after the race.
'He will relish the 2500m and it might be just what he needs to show us his best. He works like a good horse at home, however whilst he is never far away we aren't quite seeing the best of him on race day. I would like to see him really step up over the 2500m this next week'.