Staying mare Zoffany Rose makes her first trip interstate this weekend when she heads across the border to Adelaide for the BM82 over 2600m. With the racing highly competitive here in Victoria at this time of year, David and Coral Feek have looked to more suitable targets for the 5yo daughter of Zoffany.
‘Coral and I like the idea of coming across the border at this time of year, particularly for these staying type of races’. Said David Feek after Zoffany Rose worked on Tuesday.
‘With even luck she probably wins the other day at Mornington and this race doesn’t have a lot of depth to it’.
‘We’ll carry 52kg with Chris Caserta riding and now that she has found some form Coral and I feel this is a good opportunity for a metropolitan result. A repeat of her third to Sherlock Homes at Moonee Valley this time last year would be highly competitive against Saturday’s field’.
‘She is hard fit and her gallop here on Tuesday indicated we’re heading across the border in fine shape. She worked at even time from post to post on the course proper and it was pleasing work’.
Zoffany Rose originally had 10 other competitors after acceptances, however with a number of runners lining up at the Murray Bridge Cup meeting on Friday we’ll see no more than six runners compete in Saturday’s race at Morphettville.
While co-trainer David Feek ventures across the border with Zoffany Rose, Coral and the team will saddle up I AM VINNIE at his favourite track at Pakenham tomorrow evening. The only difference being is the son of I Am Invincible will tackle the Pakenham grass track for the first time, having been a dual winner on the polytrack at the same venue. The lightly raced 4yo will have to wait around all night for the final event on the card, the BM70 over 1400m at 10pm.
‘He is in exceptional order this horse’. Said Coral Feek after Vinnie’s pre race gallop on Tuesday.
‘His coat looks amazing and overall he is in great shape for tomorrow night. He goes up in class for the first time against some seasoned BM70 horses, however David and I feel we are still on the up and this is a nice test for him’.
Noel Callow stays on board having won on the gelding in both his wins, however the pair will have to negotiate from a wide draw in what is a reasonably generous start from he 1400m at Pakenham.
‘David and I don’t mind being drawn out a little with Vinnie. He has a tendency to be slow away and an inside draw doesn’t really suit him. He’ll need some luck, however we’ll just come out neutral and hopefully have plenty of galloping room to wind up down the big straight’.