We return to the races this week with staying mare Zoffany Rose, who finds herself in a very winnable assignment over 2400m on her home track at Mornington on Thursday. The daughter of Zoffany is just under a month between runs and remains in great shape for Thursday according to co-trainer David Feek.
‘She hasn’t had a lot of luck this preparation however we have landed in very achievable race on Thursday and Jess Eaton goes back on board’. Said Feek from Mornington this morning.
‘Jess has a great affinity with the mare and the 2kg allowance is very handy. We gave her (Zoffany) a 1000m gallop this morning to really sharpener her up, that followed two short sharp gallops in the blinkers last week. Coral and I think she will run very well on Thursday’.
‘Gate 1 might not suit, however with the claim we should be able to comfortably hold our spot and with an ounce of luck we should be finishing it off strongly’.
Zoffany Rose and Jess Eaton line up in Race 6 at 4pm and with the 3kg claim the pair will carry 56.5kg from barrier 1.
The inform and rising stable star I Am Vinnie has come through his 18 September win in great shape and is on track to start at Pakenham on the 19th of October. The gelding has a liking for the synthetic surface however he will step out on the spacious Pakenham turf track when he lines up in the BM70 over 1400m. David Feek believes the son of I Am Invincible is still a prep away from his best, however a summer city race looks a suitable target this campaign for the 4yo.
‘He’s still maturing and we will continue to space his runs in order to give the horse every chance to fulfil his ability and work through the grades. Coral and I are both of the opinion he is at least mid-week city class, however with a little more natural improvement he may progress beyond that level. Time will tell how far he goes through his classes’. Said Feek after the gelding worked at Mornington.
‘I guess you could say we are nurturing him a little and that’s why his runs are spaced. We didn’t feel he was mentally ready to target anything serious this spring. If we can graduate him to city class over the summer than that would be a great result for the horse and his connections’.
Winding back the clock a week or so we land at the home track meeting on Grand Final Day. It’s not often you would raise an eyebrow with an 8th of 11 finish, however the way Miss Entice finished off in a race that wasn’t run to suit is worth a mention. Just 2.9 lengths from the winner jockey Dwayne Dunn spoke positively of the 4yo daughter of Dash for Cash and felt she should’ve finished much closer in a race where she didn’t have much luck and was still doing a bit wrong in running.
‘The feedback from Dwayne was quite positive, he said the mare gave a good feel and had she not layed in they would’ve finished on the heels of the place getters’.
‘We’ve since treated some mild lameness which would explain why she wanted to lay in and she looks fantastic in the coat and her action this week was perfect. We’ll give her a good gallop later in the week and possibly head to Bendigo next week (Saturday) for a mile race’.
‘Coral and I are very keen to get the mare to 2000m as I don’t think we’ll see the best of her until then. She’s bred to stay.’
An update on some of our younger brigade….
Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir is a 3yo filly David Feek describes as having a lot of time for. Strong type, who needs time. Wait for the 2019 Autumn…
‘I have a lot of time for this filly. She will have her first educational jump out at Mornington next week and we won’t see the best of her until the Autumn at 3’. Said Feek as he watched the filly trot of the track this morning.
‘Everything about her just screams autumn 3yo. She’s a strong type who still has plenty of maturing to do. Hopefully with a little more patience we’ll have ourselves a promising filly in the autumn’.
Rebel Raider x Aliday
Another 3yo from Team Feek who will have an educational jump out in the coming weeks before dreaming of the autumn. By a VRC Derby winner this gelding is still physically immature and is likely to come right on after an educational jump out in a few weeks and a late spring spell. He’s another one David Feek describes as a promising staying type with Autumn aspirations.
‘He’s not too dissimilar to Le Chat Noir. He’s shown us early promise and will have an educational jump out soon before going for a nice break’. Said Feek
‘He needs more time to develop and grow in to his body, however I think he’ll make a nice staying type with time, he’s just another one we need to remain patient with’.