Life is good at Feek Racing. Winter has arrived in spectacular fashion, the Queen's Birthday will be celebrated with a home track meeting at Mornington on Monday and England are outright 7th favourites to win the World Cup which kicks off in Russia next weekend. Ask the trainers hut at Mornington on a crisp winters morning and they'll tell you Engalnd are even money to not progress through the first round. David Feek won't hear anything of it as he shrugs off the banter and focuses his attention on a huge week ahead for Feek Racing.
'I think we've got five runners in the next week and a few to trial at Mornington in between, so it's going to be a busy period for the team. My focus is on the stable, I'll still have one eye on England in the World Cup'. Said David Feek.
'We'll have two race at home (Mornington) on Monday and if we can draw favourably they both should run well. We then have runners at Pakenham Tuesday, Trials Wednesday, Sale Thursday and Wodonga next Saturday. A couple of winners would be nice'.
Monday's Queen's Birthday Meeting will see Albert's Lass run in the 1600m Benchmark 64 with Zac Spain on board, while Senor Alf gets out to the 2000m when fourth up in the Benchmark 64. Dwayne Dunn will ride Senor Alf in what looks a suitable race for the gelding, while 4yo Mare Albert's Lass is second up after her 4.5 length fourth at Ballarat in mid-may.
'I've given the mare a month between her first up run and next Monday. The mile will really suit and she galloped well in preparation for the run. It's crucial to draw well from the mile at Mornington so hopefully we can secure a nice barrier'. Said Feek
'I nominated Dolly Mixture for the 2yo Maiden, however Coral and I felt another week or so to freshen up would benefit the filly and she'll head to Geelong on the 22nd of June for the 2yo Fillies. We have a bit of an opinion of this filly, she's shown us plenty on the track at home'.
With the Queens Birthday celebrations done and dusted the team will saddle up I Am Invincible 3yo I Am Vinnie at Pakenham on Tuesday in the 1200m Maiden. He's a horse Team Feek will appreciate the 1400m with time and the race on Tuesday is not just an ideal starting point for his winter campaign but also also an opportunity to see whether the gelding appreciates the synthetic surface under race conditions.
'Tuesday's race fits in well with his program and I want to see how he handles the synthetic surface under race conditions, he has handled it well so far and there are some nice races over the winter at Pakenham that we could look at' Said David Feek
'He looks like he might get out to 1400m, however he still needs further experience at the races before we can assess where he is really at'.
The racing week rounds out with 2yo debutant Legenda at Sale and 4yo mare Liberty Express looking to break her maiden at Wodonga on Saturday.
'The 2yo (Legenda) trialled nicely on the bridle at Cranbourne a fortnight ago in what were trying conditions. He will be better suited on a bit of a firmer surface and he's a nice horse who will be much better at 3 once he gets some experience and race education'. Said David Feek
There is still plenty of action at home for Feek Racing with a couple of nice trials at Mornington yesterday and a couple more to go around next week.
'We thought Miamba Miss trialled really well yesterday at Mornington (Video Below - 3rd). It was her first jump out and she will improve significantly in fitness off that. She has really come on since last prep and David and I are looking forward to getting her back to the races in a month or so.' Said Coral Feek after riding the mare in light work this morning.
'She has a great group of owners who raced Mercury Rocks with us and I hope we can enjoy further success with Miamba Miss over the winter months.
'We've also got a couple of the younger ones having a jump out at Mornington next Wednesday, including the half brother to Slithering Suzie who won two races for us. It's an exciting time for the stable with so much going on and it's nice to be at the races with some genuine chances over the coming months'.