Mornington 21 March 2018
After a couple of quiet week's Team Feek hit the Mornington jump outs today with a mix of youth and experience. After Tizso Wicked's Group Three second in early February the stable has had just four runners, however that all looks set to change as a number of runners approach a return to racing.
At today's Mornington jump outs Senor Alf, Rapid Approach and an unraced Ilovethiscity filly all had important hit outs, with David and Coral Feek happy with how things unfolded for the team.
'We had Alf and Rapid Approach go around in Heat 1 this morning and I was pleased with both horses'. Said David Feek.
'Daniel Stackhouse reported that Senor Alf gave him a good feel, and travelled strongly throughout without being asked for too much. Today was just his first jump out and we've got a bit of time to get him ready for his main goal - at the Warrnambool Carnival'.
'He just cruised around for an easy time today and I liked the way he did it under his own steam'.
David and Coral Feek believe Senor Alf has matured even further after his spring campaign and returned to work as an Autumn 4yo looking bigger and stronger. Senor Alf will trial again in the next two weeks before a well thought out plan to send the 4yo to the Warrnambool Carnival in early May second up in to his preparation begins to take shape.
The other Feek Racing runner in Heat 1 this morning was 8yo entire Rapid Approach. The son of New Approach continues to build fitness as he heads towards a debut for the stable, however David and Coral Feek are in no rush with the well travelled galloper after an encouraging third in todays 900m trial.
'He has gone terribly well given he really didn't let down on the firm track today'. Said Feek after the trial.
'The wind was up and they had trouble watering the track in the conditions, so we trialled on a very firm surface today that doesn't suit'.
'It's paramount this horses runs on a wet track, we will have to be patient for now until the weather turns. He's coming along nicely and I think there's still some spark in the 8yo'.
You can watch Senor Alf (Chestnut in Blue and Black/White Cap) and Rapid Approach (Feek Racing colours) below.
Rounding out today's trials was the 2yo filly by Ilovethiscity. She trialled in Heat 8 over 600m (Below) and was simply having a day out for some education and experience.
'Our 2yr filly was having an educational jump out today and, despite the horse on her inside wanting to lay in to her throughout, jockey Nikita Beriman was encourage by the performance and felt there was plenty of upside'. Said David Feek
'She would have taken a lot out of today's experience and I was quite pleased with the way she handled herself, and more importantly, showed that she has got some ability running an encouraging third'.
'Providing she pulls up well from today we may consider another educational jump out at Balnarring in early April before a spell, however that said, we are in no rush with her'.
Promising mare Albert's Lass was also set to trial at today's jump outs, however David and Coral Feek opted to keep her at home with the track firming up in the conditions and the heat scheduled for late in the morning.
'Disappointingly we scratched Albert's Lass due to the quick ground. The mare may go to Balnarring on the 4th of April providing the surface suits'. Said Coral Feek.
'Her work has been very pleasing and we are excited about her winter campaign. She may even head to Morphettville for the Group 2 Queen of the South Stakes (May 5th) if everything went to plan between now and then. After all, she did beat Rimraam to break her maiden status'.