Winter well and truly arrived in Victoria overnight with some parts of the state receiving close to 50mm of rain and temperatures plummeting to single digits in Melbourne. The quick shift in weather has prompted a timely reminder to Team Feek about the need to be well prepared when mapping out races for the team when conditions such as these present.
Both LIBERTY EXPRESS and SENOR ALF head to Geelong this afternoon on the Heavy 8 surface, however both horses also hold acceptances at Sunday's Bairnsdale meeting.
'We have dual accepted with both horses as the weather forecast doesn't look to kind for the next 48 hours'. Said David Feek from a cold and wet Mornington racecourse this morning.
'We originally planned to head to Geelong today, however at one point this week they were forecasting up to 80mm of rain and we had some doubt whether the meeting would go ahead. It is a Heavy 8 this morning and the rain is still falling so we accepted at Bairnsdale as a back up option.
'At this time of year you need to have more than one option for your horses. Synthetic tracks are great for wet weather racing, however we also want to get our wet track horses on to affected ground on the turf'.
'I am looking forward to seeing Senor Alf on the Heavy 8 today and out to 1755m. He was given no chance last start and is going much better than his two runs in suggest'.
'The mare (Liberty Express) is unknown in the ground and is first up since February, however she handled the Soft 5 well before the break and it'll be a matter of how trying the conditions get to as to how well she performs today. She has shown us good ability at home and I expect her to enjoy the softer conditions throughout winter'.
Liberty Express, a 4yo mare by Statue of Liberty, has had just the three career starts and she resumes over 1140m in Race 3 today after an encouraging third at Kilmore in early February. Given plenty of time by David and Coral Feek the sprinting mare has shown plenty of promise at home on the track and with further race experience and a bit of give in the surface the team is hopeful that she will make her way through the grades over the winter months.
Senor Alf has had two runs back from a spell and gets out to a trip and on conditions that should really suit the 4yo son of Zoffany - when he lines up in Race 5 over 1755m. The chestnut was a disappointing 5th on the Heavy 8 at Bendigo last week, however he got caught up in a speed battle up front and wasn't afforded any real chance to get in to the race on the trying conditions. With a softer run in transit and a bit of galloping room he should hopefully appreciate the extra 150m and finish the race off well in what looks a competitve but very winnable BM58.