It’s the official end of the Spring Carnival at Sandown this weekend and Feek Racing are chasing black type with promising 2yo First Dawn, who lines up in the Listed Merson Copper Stakes over 1000m. The 2yo daughter of Brazen Beau heads to Saturday’s assignment after an encouraging debut in trying conditions at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. In pouring rain First Dawn and and jockey Ben Thompson finished just over 3L off the $400,000 Snitzel filly Bella Rosa in what was an excellent debut from the promising filly.
‘Coral and I were thrilled with the performance on debut’. Said David from Mornington.
‘The conditions were as wet as I have seen and the filly really coped well with it all. She’s taken improvement from that experience’.
A trip to Sandown on Tuesday presented a great opportunity to give First Dawn another look at the track after jumping out there a few weeks earlier.
‘Ben trialled the filly here about three weeks ago along the back straight, however Coral took her down today for a hit out from the 1000m start which presents a little like a dog leg turn’ Said Feek on Tuesday afternoon.
'The outing was more about having a look at that 1000m chute so she just cantered to the 600m before breezing up the straight nicely over the final 400m. Ben was very complimentary of the work and we’re all looking forward to Saturday’.
‘It’s a typically tough Spring 2yo race and we’re hopeful the race experience puts us in an advantageous position against some of the unraced brigade’.
First Dawn will jump from barrier 5 in the 12 horse field and is currently a 12-1 chance in early markets.
Last week’s other carnival runner I Am Vinnie has come through his encouraging run in the Country Cup Final on Oaks Day in great shape and is enjoying a week in the paddock to freshen up in preparation for a run at Sandown in mid-December. The son of I Am Invincible will return under saddle next week before a jump out in Pakenham on the 10th of December in preparation for Sandown.
‘Coral and I thought he ran well at Flemington. The race didn’t pan out the way we would’ve liked however he really fought well to the line after covering ground and he’s now showed us he’s up to that class of racing’. Said Feek.
‘A little freshen and coming back in trip will really suit this horse’.
‘If he races at well at Sandown in December we may look at a race at Caulfield on Boxing Day over 1400m. We’ll just see what unfolds over the next 5 weeks or so. We really think this horse has a bright future’.
If two spring carnival runners wasn’t keeping the Feek Racing Team busy enough then David and Coral Feek will have their work cut out when they saddle up seven horses for the jump outs on the course proper at Mornington next Wednesday including the unlucky Miss Entice, who prepares for another start at Yarra Valley on 1 December.
‘This mare (Miss Entice) just needs some luck. She’s racing incredibly consistently and hasn’t really run a bad race all preparation. We just need and ounce of luck and a good barrier. Hopefully at Yarra Valley we can draw a gate and she gets the luck she deserves’. Said Feek.