It was a warm day of racing on our home track at Mornington on Wednesday as we saddled up three runners at the big Christmas meeting. It was a mixed day for the team with a placing, a sound performance from a mare on debut at 4 and another debut performance that didn't quite measure up to expectations. The meeting also saw the strapping debut of Feek Racing's own Tammy Feek (pictured).
The day kicked off with the 3yo I AM VINNIE making his debut in the 3yo maiden over 1000m. After a couple of encouraging jump outs leading in to his debut the expectations were that of a horse looking to be amongst the finish, however the son of I Am Invincible was posted wide early as the leaders went well above average tempo as they scooted along in front. From there 'Vinnie' was unable to muster enough tactical speed to put himself in to the race as jockey Daniel Stackhouse had no option but to sit wide and try and get the gelding within touch as the pressure went on even more from the 300m. However, by the time the field straightened for home the race was over and Vinnie laboured to the line to be beaten 6L in his race track debut.
'We were expecting a bit more from him today as he's shown quite a bit of promise, however there were genuine excuses and he'll be better for experiencing that race day pressure - they really ran along for a 3yo maiden'. Said David Feek after the run.
'We'll take him home and give him a bit of time to come through the run. The track was also firm and he hasn't been on that type of surface as yet'.
Straight up in Race 3 was LIBERTY EXPRESS, a 4yo daughter of Statue of Liberty on debut over 1000m in the Maiden Plate. Given plenty of time to get to the races the mare was well educated for her home track debut and after jumping well for Jake Noonan the pair settled in behind the leading runners early in running. As the race ramped up from the 400m Liberty Express was cramped for a bit of galloping room as Jake checked of heels trying to make his run and sprint with the leading pair. As a result Liberty Express lost a little galloping momentum and as they turned for home the field pinched a break on her as she tried to balance up again. With the race out of her reach Liberty Express worked to the line soundly in what was an encouraging yet luckless debut 5th for a mare looking for further distance and a slightly more favourable tempo.
'I was encouraged by the run. She probably wasn't going to win as they sprinted a bit too quick for her, but she didn't have a lot of luck either and could've finished much closer'. Said Feek
'She will improve enormously from that and be better over a bit further where the tempo is kinder'.
Rounding out the day was the consistent 5yo VICIOUS, who was first up over 1000m in the Benchmark 64 Handicap. After jumping well for Jessica Eaton the 5yo son of Nicconi led the small field at a genuine clip early before dashing a couple of lengths of clear as they turned for home. With the added bonus of Jess Eaton's 2kg claim Vicious was able to use that momentum well in to the straight, looking the winner at one point 200m from home. However, the heavily backed even money favourite had the perfect trail in to the race and pounced with 100m to go on and win the race by 2.5L. With the field well strung out Vicious continued to fight all the way to the line to finish second in what was an encouraging first up run in tougher grade than he's eligible for.
'He (Vicious) was very sound today I thought. He did all the work in front and was beaten by a 3yo who looks to have some ability. I think we are in for a good campaign if we place him right'. Said Feek after the run.
All in all it was a solid days racing for Team Feek and even though the winners were hard to come by there was plenty to take away from the runners and hopefully the promising I Am Vinnie can bounce back at his second start.
Happy New Year and stay safe this weekend!