What a big two weeks it has been for Feek Racing, where do we begin...it would be remiss not to start with a wrap up of TIZSO WICKED's Black Type placing in the Bow Mistress Stakes on 9 February 2017. Let's take another look.
Tizso Wicked, a daughter of Duporth, has now been retired in preparation for life as a mum during the upcoming breeding season. Since coming to Feek Racing last Spring the 6yo managed to obtain a metropolitan win and Group 3 second, strengthening her pedigree page and cementing herself as a commercial broodmare prospect. Amongst her short but successful stint for the team was another very good fourth at Warwick Farm against Saturday class mares in Sydney. Tizso Wicked is now enjoying a good break in Victoria before a decision is made to who she will visit during her first season as a Broodmare.
Just two days later David Feek was in Sydney for the inaugural Inglis Classic Sale at the new Riverside Property on course at Warwick Farm. In one of the strongest Classic Sales in recent years it was tough buying at the top end, however there was still good value to be found and Feek Racing were thrilled to secure Lot 353 (below), a filly by Champion 3yo Brazen Beau, out of a mare who has produced Group 1 winner RUUD AWAKENING. This filly has arrived in Victoria for a month on the early autumn grass before coming in to the stables in late March for her breaking-in and education. If she can be half as good as her half brother than we are in for some fun with this filly!
Another mare who the team are hoping will follow in the footsteps of Tizso Wicked is the improving staying mare ZOFFANY ROSE (below). The 4yo daughter of Zoffany had her breakout preparation last Spring and was unlucky not to graduate to Metropolitan class after a few luckless performances at Moonee Valley late in her campaign. The mare has come back to work this week and looks in fantastic condition. She will head on a similar type of campaign throughout the Autumn, stepping up in trip and hopefully securing a metropolitan win. All going well and with a bit of natural improvement expected there is hope that Zoffany Rose will be capable of tackling some of the back end black type staying races through the late Autumn and early Winter. The winter stayers championship is just one target on the radar of David and Coral Feek.
Back home we had VICIOUS doing what VICIOUS does, trying his heart out and just finding that one a touch better than him! The son of Nicconi was again as brave as ever when going down by less than half a length, finishing third over the 1000m at Yarra Valley on 10 February. He has come through that run in fantastic order and he heads back to the same venue this weekend for another similar race. With even luck he'll be highly competitive yet again and will hopefully breakthrough for a well overdue win.
This week kicked off with the well travelled RAPID APPROACH running a very encouraging trial behind Group 1 speedster LORD OF THE SKY with Group 1 winning filly SHOALS just a couple of lengths in front. The 8yo son of New Approach is continuing to please David and Coral and he is close to heading to the races for his Australian debut.
'I am still learning about this horse. He can certainly gallop, it's just a matter of getting him to the races to see what pattern suits him and where his ideal trip is'. Said David Feek from Cranbourne.
'He's finished 5L off a Group 1 performer and a couple of lengths off a Group 1 winning filly'.
'I'll take him to the races soon and we'll learn a lot about him. He needs a bit of give in the ground so I am not rushing him and I will wait for the right conditions before we step out'.
Watch Rapid Approach and Clayton Douglas step out at the Cranbourne trials on Monday.