Monday kicked off a big few weeks ahead for Feek Racing with a couple of the team heading to the Heavy 9 at Cranbourne for the Official Trials. Unraced 2yo Legenda (Video below) had a good educational hit out over 800m in Heat 4 of the morning, finishing just 4L off the winner, while I Am Vinnie had an easy time of it in his half mile heat as he cruised around for further fitness and education as he approaches a return to racing.
'It was very Heavy out there this morning so I didn't knock our two about on the choppy ground'. Said David Feek from the Cranbourne Training Centre.
'The 2yo (Legenda) travelled well up on the bridle and I thought he did a good job in the conditions. He will be better suited on a bit of a firmer surface and we'll look to take him to the races with a bit more education under his belt. He's a nice horse who will debut around mid-June'.
'Vinnie is showing us that he will like 1400m, and possibly the mile with time. I didn't want to bottom him out on the ground as he doesn't have a liking for it, so I instructed Jack Martin to be very kind in today's heat'.
'He's not far off a returning to the races and his work has been good this time in. I might look to give him a final hit out at the Pakenham (Synthetic) jump outs next week before a return to racing shortly thereafter'.
Legenda will also join I Am Vinnie for a Synthetic Jump Out next week at Pakenham, along with Senor Alf, Albert's Lass and promising NZ Ready to Run purchase 'Dolly' (x Nadeem).
'We'll take a nice team to Pakenham next Wednesday for some solid trials on the synthetic'. Said Coral Feek.
'The ground is already quite wet so the synthetic surface ensures we're galloping on a good even surface where the horses are getting exactly the type of hit out they need to before heading to the races'.
'Providing they all trial to satisfaction we'll then take a few to the Metropolitan meeting at Mornington on the 11th of June (Queens Birthday Long Weekend)'.
'There's a nice 2000m race for Senor Alf as this horse is looking for a trip and he ran third at the same meeting last year'.
'Albert's Lass will potentially run in the 1200m BM70 with no weight on her back and hopefully we can get a metropolitan result with her. She's very talented on her day and the home track should be to her liking'.
'We'll also potentially debut our NZ Ready to Run purchase Dolly (name coming). She galloped on the course proper this week and worked quite impressively. She is yet to be tested under race pressure, however David and I think she has good ability and will make a nice 3yo with experience and further maturity.'
In between all of this is the resumption of promising staying mare Zoffany Rose, who is likely to commence her campaign over 1600m at Pakenham on the Synthetic next Thursday.
'Zoffany has raced well on the synthetic and I like the idea of keeping her off affected ground for her resumption. She has a long campaign ahead and will be looking for further than the mile to show her best, however I am very pleased with her progress and I am hoping we can break through for what would be a well deserved city success this time in'. Said David Feek after her gallop at Mornington on Monday.'
'I will give her two runs at the mile before possibly targeting a a 2000m race at Flemington late in June'.
4yo mare Liberty Express may also head to Pakenham next Thursday for the 4yo and Up Maiden over 1000m. The daughter of Statue of Liberty was last of 5 runners when resuming at Geelong on the 11th of May, however the performance was of no concern to David Feek who thought the mare would come on for her first up performance.
'She (Liberty Express) did exactly what I needed her to do first up at Geelong. She was within 6L of the winner after finding the worst part of the track back closer to the rail. I thought she could've finished a length or two closer had she got to the outside, however she stuck to her task well and has come on nicely for the run'.
'She has not yet raced on the Synthetic so I will keep the options open for her, however heading in to winter it can be timely to assess these horses on those conditions as there are 2-3 meetings a week on the synthetic'.
Stay tuned for an update in the next 7 days as we approach plenty of racing and further trials for the team as they head in to their winter campaigns. It promises to be a busy three weeks for Team Feek with a trip to the Gold Coast for the National Magic Millions Yearling Sale also on the agenda. Stay tuned for more information on that next week!