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Miss Entice breaks through before Vicious almost makes it a double

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If there's ever been an advertisement for patience, placement and persistence then MISS ENTICE is the perfect example. The Daughter of Dash for Cash broke her maiden in impressive fashion at Cranbourne on Friday night, leading throughout under a brilliant Noel Callow ride. Having her sixth career start the 3yo sister to former top stayer Boom N Zoom was stepping out over the 1600m for the third time in her short career.  After jumping away cleanly Noel just let the filly slide to the front, before control the tempo throughout and going to record a convincing win in the small but competitive field. 

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'She's (Miss Entice) bred to get a trip, however she is still maturing and Coral and I are in no rush to get her out beyond the 1600m. The trip has suited up until now as she's still learning her craft and putting it all together'. Said David Feek after the win.

'We are thrilled to get the maiden out of the way. She shows a bit of promise and I think she will make a handy staying mare, particularly at 4 once she's had more time to mature'.

Miss Entice made her debut back in August last year as an early season 3yo, however David and Coral Feek sent her straight to the paddock after gaining some important race day experience, knowing the filly would come back stronger in the autumn.  

'We wanted to give her that race day experience as an early 3yo as she was ready to go to the races. That allowed us to give her a nice break over the spring - knowing she would come back bigger and stronger in 2018'. Said the Feek's.

After a coupe of luckless performances leading in to Friday night, it was an easy watch for Team Feek as she never looked in doubt once finding the front for Callow. 

Watch Noel Callow and Miss Entice toy with their rivals at Cranbourne on Friday night.

A big 24 hours was almost capped off in style as the ultra-consistent VICIOUS fought hard all the way down the  Werribee straight to go down by a nose to favourite Smooth Hustler in the final event on the card yesterday. 

The 5yo gelding was close to capping off a big day for regular stable ride Clayton Douglas, who had seven rides for two wins and two placings. It was Vicious seventh start for the preparation with the son of Nicconi notching up his fourth second placing to go with another third and a coupe of luckless runs in between.

'He has been ultra consistent this time in and he deserves to break through. I thought at the 200m today was going to his day, however he'll win one soon enough, he's in great physical and metal shape for a 5yo'. Said David Feek from Werribee.

Watch Vicious go within a nose of making it a 24-hour double for Feek Racing.

Balnarring tune up for Feek Racing trio

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Heats 1 and 2 of tomorrow's Balnarring Jump Outs will see a trio of Feek Racing runners tune up for their late autumn/winter campaigns. 

4yo gelding SENOR ALF will have his second trial for the preparation as he approaches a return to racing and a possible trip to Warrnambool in a month for the big May carnival. The 3-time winner will stretch out over 1000m in the first heat of the morning which includes the likes of former Hong Kong Group 1 winner Beauty Flame and city winning mare World of Hope. 

'He'll stretch his legs a little bit more over the 1000m tomorrow after an easy initial trial a fortnight ago'.  Said David Feek from his Mornington base.

'He's in good shape and I'm expecting him to relax and just finish it off at his own leisure'.

'Alfy' will be joined by stablemate LIBERTY EXPRESS, who returns from a freshen up after an encouraging third at Kilmore back on the 1st of February. The 4yo daughter of Statue of Liberty has raced just three times and looks to be an improving type who will continue to progress with further racing and experience.  

'Liberty Express is a nice mare who has needed time to mature. She's an improving type who will have an easy hit out at Balnarring to bring her fitness levels up'. Said David Feek.

'I'll assess how she comes through the hit out before making any plans, she might need one more before heading to the races'. 

Trial morning will be wrapped up early for Team Feek when ALBERT'S LASS makes her long awaited return in Heat 2 of the morning over 1000m. The talented daughter of Magic Albert was a winner at Kilmore back in September last year, beating subsequent Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed filly RIMRAAM. She will have her first trial for the preparation in what co-trainer Coral Feek described as nothing more than a conditioning hit out. 

'She is having her first trial for the preparation so we won't ask much of her tomorrow'. Said Coral Feek after working the mare at Mornington.

'We will let her go through her paces tomorrow and just work to the line where she is comfortable. She'll need another one before going to the races, however we are thrilled to have her back and so close to making a return'. 

'A stakes race wouldn't be out of reach for this mare once he gets out to 1600m'.

Stay tuned for a post trial report from Balnarring tomorrow. 

 

 

Feek Racing Jump Out Review - Mornington

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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'. 

Big track entices Team Feek

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Thursday night's Pakenham meeting sees Feek Racing with one runner, MISS ENTICE, lining up in the Fillies and Mares Handicap over 1400m at 8pm. The 3yo daughter of Dash For Cash is having just her fourth career start after finish 3 lengths off them at Bendigo over a mile almost a month ago. 

The step back in trip is for a number of reasons with the blinkers going on and further race experience a major factor in targeting tonights race.  

'She is a filly who will appreciate a mile and a quarter with time, however the big galloping track and the fact we've put the blinkers on is why we are back at 1400m this week'.  Said David Feek on Tuesday morning after Miss Entice worked. 

'She is still learning her craft and I am confident she will furnish in to a nice staying filly for us. This race will be further experience for her and I am hoping the blinkers will just relax her a little so that she can settle and finish the race off'.

'I worked her in blinkers over 1200m on the grass here last Thursday and it was her best piece of work. The big track suits and I think she'll be highly competitive tonight, giving us confidence going forward to a mile plus in time'. 

Clayton Douglas rides Miss Entice having partnered the filly in two of her three runs to date. 

'We jump from the outside gate on Thursday, however I don't mind been drawn out with the blinkers on for the first time. She can just jump where she is comfortable and Clayton can settle where he lands and just keep her nice and smooth in her action and breathing'. Said David Feek

'We will aim to finish off and hopefully run in to the money. Off her work it wouldn't surprise me to see her right in the race'.

'There are a few who are knocking on the door to breakthrough so it'll come down to a bit of luck in running and whether or not we're looking for a bit further'.

Miss Entice is the only runner for Team Feek this week as a number of the brigade starting to get deep in to their training and ready to trial in the coming weeks.

'We have a couple of nice horses like Senor Alf trialling next week so I am looking forward to next few months with Alf and the likes of Zoffany Rose also getting back to the races'. Said training partner Coral Feek. 

Fancy something in the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Catalogue?

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Inspections are well underway for this weekends Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and Team Feek will be actively covering the grounds at Oaklands Junction in search of their next stable acquisition. 

Fancy something in the Catalogue? (Link left) Take a look through the 770 lots on offer and touch base with David Feek to arrange an inspection on anything that catches your eye. The work has been done shortlisting throughout the catalogue and it's now time to hit the grounds and start physical inspections. The first session of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale commences at 12noon on Sunday 4th of March. Be sure to contact David or Coral directly (0403 883 377 and 0435 649 709) to arrange an appointment with something that catches your eye.

'I tend to target the Melbourne Premier Sale more than the other sales as you have a great selection of yearlings with many of them already Super Vobis Qualified. The Vobis money in Victoria is such an advantage to have'. Said David from his Mornington base.

'We purchased Magnorum who was a talented 3yo who is unfortunately no longer with us. His sister goes through the sales (Lot 770) on the last day so I will be looking at her and a few others closely over the coming days'. 

'We were lucky enough to secure a nice Brazen Beau filly for $100,000 at the Classic Sale in Sydney (below), so I am hoping we can secure something as promising as she was on type and pedigree. She is a beautiful type out of a Sale that is generally regarded a level below the Melbourne Premier Sale, so the market is expected to be highly competitive and it will come down to what represents the best value for money'.

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FEEK RACING WRAP UP - Tizso Secure Black Type, Inglis Classic, The Zoff is back plus more...

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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! 

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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.  

Tizso draws barrier 6 in the Bow Mistress Stakes - Vicious to the Valley

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Sydney one week, Caulfield the next. Now 6yo mare TIZSO WICKED heads to Tasmania to contest tomorrows Group 3 Bow Mistress Stakes over 1200m. A key riding engagement of John Allen has put a spring in the step of Team Feek and from barrier 6 the recent city winner will be looking to put a few unlucky runs behind her and hopefully secure some black type on her page. 

'She was bought by the owner as a racing and broodmare prospect and now that we've achieved a city win it would be icing on the cake to run top 4 in a Mares Group 3' Said David Feek

'I have also accepted in the Listed 1400m (Open) on Hobart Cup Day on Sunday but at this stage the back-up is only an option should we strike wet ground and providing the mare pulls up 100% from tomorrow'. 

'At this stage the likely option is to stay in Tasmania for a fortnight and target another nice stakes race'. 

'Her Warwick Farm run a few back was arguably her career best, and in a decent form race. If she could reproduce that in the Bow Mistress then I think we are a serious chance of a top 4 finish'. 

'Regardless of the results over the next two weeks, this trip to Tasmania will be her swansong and we will give her plenty of time to let down ahead of what will be a bright future in the breeding barn'. 

Co-trainer Coral Feek has travelled with the mare and reports that she has settled in well and is eating everything since her arrival (pic). After running at Pakenham just seven days ago the team has kept Tizso Wicked fresh for tomorrow's assignment and from the good draw the plan will hopefully see the mare land outside the lead with a comfortable run on speed. Should the pressure relax just enough to give the mare a mid race breather then Feek Racing expect to see Tizso run a highly competitive race.   

Back home and consistent gelding VICIOUS head to the Valley on Saturday, Yarra Valley that is, to contest what looks a highly suitable race over 1000m. The 5yo son of Nicconi will line up in Race 6 at 4:21pm with Jessica Eaton claiming 2kg off the top weight of 60kg and the pair to jump from the ideal barrier in 3. After two solid seconds this time in Vicious headed to the other Valley last start in a race where not a lot went  right for the gelding. 

'His run was better than it looked at Moonee Valley last start. He was never really comfortable in his action yet when he finally balanced up with a 100m to go he really worked to the line. Back in grade on Saturday should see him right in it'. Said an up-beat David Feek from Mornington. 

'He works like a city class horse but he doesn't quite give 100% all of the time on race day. He is better when he's in front controlling things and not having to chase - that's when his mind wanders a  bit'. 

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Busy Thursday at the races for the Feek Racing girls

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Thursday's double header at Kilmore and Pakenham  has Feek Racing chasing its next winner when the three girls, Liberty Express, Miss Entice and Tizso Wicked line up in a busy afternoon/evening of racing for the team. 

4yo mare Liberty Express heads to Kilmore tomorrow in search of softer going after jarring up at Stony Creek at her last start. After significant rain earlier in the week the track remains at a Soft 7 rating and with cool weather expected through to tomorrow night it likely this daughter of Statue of Liberty will get her chance to perform up to the levels David and Coral have seen in this mare at home. 

'She (Liberty Express) was sound on debut  before jarring up badly at Stony Creek when I thought she was ready to run a race' Said David Feek on Tuesday. 

'The Soft going will suit her and Lachie King will take an extra 1.5kg off her back which can only help. The form from her debut race has been very strong and I am confident  with a bit of luck from Gate 9 we wills see a much improved performance from the mare tomorrow'. 

'She tuned up for the run with an easy half mile gallop at  Mornington on Saturday morning where she worked with the filly going around at Pakenham later in the day tomorrow. It was a nice easy gallop from a mare who heads in to her third run fit and  with the race experience'. 

Liberty Express goes around in Race 4 at 3pm over 1112m. 

Across the other side of town Miss Entice and Tizso Wicked line up in races 1 and 6 respectively at Pakenham tomorrow night. Miss Entice, a 3yo filly by Dash for Cash is first up over 1200m since her debut in August last year. The full sister to former top Victorian stayer Boom N Zoom will aim to build towards a staying campaign as she heads in to the back end of her Classic year. The 1200m will be too short for her tomorrow night and she will continue to improve as the gets out to 1600m plus later in the preparation. 

'We gave her an educational run at the end of her winter preparation just to give her that race day experience. She took a lot of physical and mental benefit from that and has come back in great order. I would ideally like to work towards a South Australian Oaks campaign with her if everything went to plan this time in'. Said an upbeat David Feek 

'She has a long way to go before we even consider those better 3yo fillies staying races, however I have a good opinion of this filly and am looking forward to watching her progress over the Autumn'

Later in the evening the quality mare Tizso Wicked will line up in the $30,000 Apprentices Cup (BM70) after being freshened up since not running out the strong 1600m at Caulfield last start. After showing David and Coral she might be looking for a bit of ground the team reassessed her plans when beaten 7L at Caulfield on the first twilight meeting. 

'I have freshened her up since the 17th (January) and put the blinkers on for tomorrow's race'  Said David from his Mornington base. 

'She will appreciate a bit of give in the track tomorrow night and she looks amazing in the coat. The horse has done terribly well  since Caulfield and I think back in trip we will see a much better run. From barrier 3 we can sit handy and there's plenty of galloping room at Pakenham so she should get her chance in a very open but achievable race. 

Top young apprentice Tom Stockdale rides and takes a nice 2kg off the allocated 58kg in the feature race on the card. 

Valley Australia Day target for Vicious

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Consistent galloper Vicious will head to Moonee Valley on Australia Day to tackle the BM70 handicap over 1000m. The speedy son of Nicconi has had two runs back from a spell for two very encouraging seconds in BM64 and BM58 grade.

The 5yo steps up to BM70 grade on Friday night, however he goes around with 55kg and will jump from the inside draw in the field of 9. Whilst up in class Vicious has been competitive at Stakes grade as a 2yo and head trainers David and Coral Feek are confident the gelding can run well at this level off the back of his work this time in. 

'He's running consistently this preparation and his work this week has been as good as we've seen. He's bright and well and we'll have a throw at the stumps in town' Said David Feek

'He's a horse with very good ability but he has his little quirks. We manage him well and he loves the environment down here on the Peninsula. Hopefully the tight Valley circuit suits his front running style tomorrow'. 

It's an even looking race with just 9 horses to contest heat 1 of the Summer Sprint Series, with 3yo Sam's Image a short priced favourite after his win over the likes of Nature Strip, Madeenaty and Smart Coupe on Day 1 of the Cox Plate Carnival in 2017. Nevertheless, Vicious has returned to racing in great form this time in and if things go his way from the inside draw tomorrow night David Feek is confident the 5yo can acquit himself well against this field. 

'The Peter Morgan horse looks a promising 3yo, however he is first up and if he's not quite wound up for his first run back then the race looks wide open'. Said Feek on his assessment of the race.

'We'll use our natural speed and look to hold the inside from barrier 1. The speed looks solid so hopefully a few take a sit and we can control things in front. I think that's his (Vicious) best chance of running in to the money'. 

'We are one of longest in the market however this horse works like a city class galloper and I'll be surprised if he isn't in touch with them'. 

Top young jockey Ben Allen takes the ride tomorrow night and after two minor placings this time in Team Feek are looking for Vicious to go one better. 

Pakenham Jump Outs for Feek Racing Pair

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Feek Racing ventured to nearby Pakenham Racing Club last week for an opportunity to trial a couple of middle distance types on the course proper. 

3yo filly MISS ENTICE is starting to really wind up for a return to racing, having a good hit out over in her 1000m trial. A sister to Cranbourne Cup winner BOOM N ZOOM and half to the inform Northern Rivers galloper RAGE AGAINST, Miss Entice filly will kick off over her second race campaign in the coming weeks after her encouraging third at the jump outs last week. With a couple of tearaway leaders stringing the jump out field right out, Miss Entice sat comfortably in the first half of the field before cruising to the line for an easy third (replay below). The daughter of Dash for Cash made a sound debut at Pakenham back in August will returns to racing in the second half of her 3yo season having physically improved from the experience. Being a sister to a 2000m winner the filly will continue to improve with racing and as she steps out to a mile plus throughout her upcoming campaign. 

A couple of trials later the import, and new arrival, RAPID APPROACH had his first look at the trials for Feek Racing when he stepped out over 1000m in the last of the course proper heats for the morning. Jumping well Rapid Approach sat comfortably up close to the speed, sitting in behind the stake performed Miss Wonderland, before cruising to the line untouched for a very easy third in his heat (in the middle - replay below). The 8yo entire commenced his career Europe (Ireland) running against the likes of Hong Kong superstar Beauty Flame before a transfer to Singapore and Malaysia as his owners moved abroad. The son of New Approach is a 3-time winner from just 18 lifetime starts and after 18 months off the scene he is progressing along nicely for the team.  

Stay tuned as we follow these two gallopers in to their race campaigns over the coming weeks.

FEEK RACING WRAP-UP - Tizso Wicked Caulfield bound and Three to trial

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We are treated to a rare midweek meeting at Caulfield on Wednesday with a solid twilight meeting commencing at 4pm and rounding out with the last race at 8pm. Heading to the Heath after a few weeks between runs is the consistent mare TIZSO WICKED. The 6yo daughter of Duporth returns to the races after a very credible fourth at Warwick Farm on the 23rd of December (Replay below). With Jess Eaton set to claim 3kg off the allocated top-weight of 61kg Tizso Wicked looks to be very well paced coming back in grade and stepping up to the mile for the first time for the stable. From barrier 2 Jess can simply land where she is comfortable and hold her position somewhere close to the lead - securing a lovely run in transit for her first go at the mile. The early markets suggest she is in for a solid showing on Wednesday with most opening up the mare second favourite at 7.50 in what is a very wide market. 

'She does exceptionally well around the stable and I am very happy with how she's freshened up  with the 3-weeks between runs'. Said David Feek from his Mornington base. 

'I have only begun to go through the form in what is a typically open fillies and mares metropolitan race, however on paper I feel she is going to be highly competitive out to the mile for the first time'. 

Tizso Wicked has won up to 1300m so far in her career, however since coming to Feek Racing in the second half of 2017, David and Coral have always believed the mare will be suited getting out to 1600m and beyond. Wednesday's event is the perfect opportunity for Tizso Wicked to tackle the mile and hopefully press her case for future middle distance races at metropolitan level. 

With the 8pm finish at Caulfield on Wednesday night (in reality a 10pm finish for Feek Racing) the team faces a busy day with the Pakenham jumps outs kicking off at 730am that morning. Import, and new arrival, RAPID APPROACH has his first look at the trials when he steps out over 1000m in the last of the course proper heats.  The 8yo entire commenced his career Europe (Ireland) running against the likes of Hong Kong superstar Beauty Flame before a transfer to Singapore and Malaysia as his owners moved abroad. The son of New Approach is a 3-time winner from just 18 lifetime starts and after 18 months off the scene he is going to need some time to come to hand. 

Earlier, 3yo's I AM VINNIE and MISS ENTICE will trial over a half mile in preparation for upcoming assignments. Vinnie returns to the trials after his debut at Mornington on the 27th of December, where he struggled with the firm track and hot conditions on a day that proved difficult for most horses. Whilst he has picked up nicely since the debut, David and Coral will assess how the son of I Am Invincible comes through Wednesday's jump out before deciding where to next for his second career start.

Miss Entice, on the other hand, is starting to wind up for a return to racing. The daughter of Dash for Cash made a sound debut at Pakenham back in August and returns to racing in the second half of her 3yo season having physically improved from the experience. She may still need one more before heading to the races but is a filly to follow from the stable, having impressed the Feek's throughout her preparation so far. 

A busy 24 hours will round out with Mercury Rocks returning to racing over 1400m at Pakenham on Thursday after last racing in October. The son of THEROCK will be better as he gets out to 1600m + however he has prepped up well for the team and will run a solid race for connections when first up on Thursday. Acceptances for the race come out on Tuesday morning. 

Happy Racing! 

Magnorum tunes up for city debut with solid jump out

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Promising 3yo Magnorum tuned up for Sandown next Wednesday with a strong jump out at Balnarring this week (see below). The son of Magnus finished off strongly for second after jockey Dwayne Dunn gave the gelding an uninterrupted path out wide around the tight picnic track. 

Magnorum heads to Sandown next Wednesday to contest the 3yo BM70 over 1000m and a strong showing at metropolitan level will see the sprinter potentially target the Inglis Dash at Flemington ten days later.

'He's freshened up nicely and we gave him a good solid trial at Balnarring on Wednesday. He had a neat blow and will come on nicely for that in preparation for Sandown next week'. Said David Feek. 

'If he can be competitive at Sandown then we will give serious consideration towards the Inglis Dash at Flemington on the 20th of January.'

'He (Magnorum) will come on with another run under his belt and that will have him perfect for Flemington. In saying that the 1000m is ideal for him on Wednesday and if we can draw a gate i think he can run well.

Magnorum was an impressive debut winner at his home track at Mornington back in November before a brave second at Werribee in December behind the highly regarded Onehundred Percent, who went on to win at Caulfield at his next start.

Acceptances for Sandown come out on Monday morning, with Dwayne Dunn confirmed to ride after getting a 'nice feel' from Magnorum at Balnarring this week.

See Magnorum finish off strongly for second (Feek racing colours) at Balnarring this week.

Mixed day for Christmas runners on home track

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It was a warm day of racing on our home track at Mornington on Wednesday as we saddled up three runners at the big Christmas meeting. It was a mixed day for the team with a placing, a sound performance from a mare on debut at 4 and another debut performance that didn't quite measure up to expectations. The meeting also saw the strapping debut of Feek Racing's own Tammy Feek (pictured).

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The day kicked off with the 3yo I AM VINNIE making his debut in the 3yo maiden over 1000m. After a couple of encouraging jump outs leading in to his debut the expectations were that of a horse looking to be amongst the finish, however the son of I Am Invincible was posted wide early as the leaders went well above average tempo as they scooted along in front. From there 'Vinnie' was unable to muster enough tactical speed to put himself in to the race as jockey Daniel Stackhouse had no option but to sit wide and try and get the gelding within touch as the pressure went on even more from the 300m. However, by the time the field straightened for home the race was over and Vinnie laboured to the line to be beaten 6L in his race track debut. 

'We were expecting a bit more from him today as he's shown quite a bit of promise, however there were genuine excuses and he'll be better for experiencing that race day pressure - they really ran along for a 3yo maiden'. Said David Feek after the run.

'We'll take him home and give him a bit of time to come through the run. The track was also firm and he hasn't been on that type of surface as yet'.

Straight up in Race 3 was LIBERTY EXPRESS, a 4yo daughter of Statue of Liberty on debut over 1000m in the Maiden Plate. Given plenty of time to get to the races the mare was well educated for her home track debut and after jumping well for Jake Noonan the pair settled in behind the leading runners early in running.  As the race ramped up from the 400m Liberty Express was cramped for a bit of galloping room as Jake checked of heels trying to make his run and sprint with the leading pair. As a result Liberty Express lost a little galloping momentum and as they turned for home the field pinched a break on her as she tried to balance up again. With the race out of her reach Liberty Express worked to the line soundly in what was an encouraging yet luckless debut 5th for a mare looking for further distance and a slightly more favourable tempo. 

'I was encouraged by the run. She probably wasn't going to win as they sprinted a bit too quick for her, but she didn't have a lot of luck either and could've finished much closer'. Said Feek

'She will improve enormously from that and be better over a bit further where the tempo is kinder'.

Rounding out the day was the consistent 5yo VICIOUS, who was first up over 1000m in the Benchmark 64 Handicap. After jumping well for Jessica Eaton the 5yo son of Nicconi led the small field at a genuine clip early before dashing a couple of lengths of clear as they turned for home. With the added bonus of Jess Eaton's 2kg claim Vicious was able to use that momentum well in to the straight, looking the winner at one point 200m from home. However, the heavily backed even money favourite had the perfect trail in to the race and pounced with 100m to go on and win the race by 2.5L. With the field well strung out Vicious continued to fight all the way to the line to finish second in what was an encouraging first up run in tougher grade than he's eligible for. 

'He (Vicious) was very sound today I thought. He did all the work in front and was beaten by a 3yo who looks to have some ability. I think we are in for a good campaign if we place him right'. Said Feek after the run.

All in all it was a solid days racing for Team Feek and even though the winners were hard to come by there was plenty to take away from the runners and hopefully the promising I Am Vinnie can bounce back at his second start.

Happy New Year and stay safe this weekend! 

Tizso Wicked chasing early Christmas present in Sydney

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Christmas is fast approaching and Feek Racing are hoping classy mare TIZSO WICKED can deliver an early festive present when she heads up the Hume Highway to Saturday's Warwick Farm meeting. The 6yo daughter of Duporth is set to accept in the Benchmark 85 Fillies and Mares over 1400m and promising apprentice Andrew Atkins will take 1.5kg off the allocated 55kg. 

With rain forecast during Wednesday and Thursday David Feek is hoping there is a bit of sting out of the track for Saturday's interstate assignment. 

'She really excels on a soft track so I am hoping we get a bit of sting out for Saturday. There is rain forecast for the next 48 hours but we'll chance our arm regardless and make the trip, the race looks achievable'. Said David Feek on Tuesday morning after Tizso Wicked's final gallop.

'She worked really well here this morning and will appreciate the step up in trip'.

Tizso Wicked is the second runner in a busy six days ahead for Feek Racing with 5yo Nicconi gelding VICIOUS kicking off proceedings at Yarra Valley on Friday before I AM VINNIE and LIBERTY EXPRESS round out the festivities at home at Mornington next Wednesday.

'We have a few nice chances heading in to the festive season. We have prepared these horses to be running during the off season so that we can place them well and hopefully enjoy some success'. Said David Feek.

'I Am Vinnie is a nice son of I Am Invincible and he will continue to improve once he gets to the races and figures out what he's there to do. I think he'll furnish in to a nice horse once he has a prep under his belt. I am looking forward to his debut'.

'Liberty Express is another debutant for us at home on the 27th and this horse can run a race on debut. She's a 4yo mare who has taken a bit of time to get to the races but she has really improved with every bit of work we've given her. She's another one I am looking forward to getting to the races'.

'Hopefully all four of our Christmas runners can put in a good show and give the team and connections a nice reason to celebrate over the festive season'. 

Inglis Dash on agenda for Magnorum

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3yo gelding Magnorum heads to the paddock this week for a 7-day freshen up before potentially targeting the $250,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington on 20 January 2018. The talented son of Magnus was a brave second over 1100m on Werribee Cup and the run was enough to prompt David and Coral Feek to set aside the 3yo in preparation for the lucrative sales restricted race.

'He'll have a week off in the paddock before a solid week of work on the water walker. That then gives me four weeks to get him ready for the Inglis Dash'. Said David Feek on Monday morning.

'He ran very well against a potentially top 3yo and he'll only improve off that as it was only his second race start'.

'It's an Inglis Sales restricted race and the prize money is well worth considering. He is a big strong type that should comfortably handle the Flemington straight'. 

Magnorum was well supported at Werribee and he almost achieved what only 7% of runners manage to do, winning at their next start after coming out of Maiden grade. However, it wasn't to be, after leading the small field well in to the straight the son of Magnus ran a brave second for Michael Walker behind another up and coming 3yo in Onehundred Percent. 

Magnorum, the 3yo son of local Victorian stallion MAGNUS was a $75,000 purchase at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and was selected personally by David and Coral Feek from the Maluka Farm draft. The Inglis Dash is open to all Inglis Sale graduates from the Classic, Premier and Vobis Gold sales and promises to be an exciting race early in the new year.

Watch MAGNORUM run second at Werribee on Cup Day below. 

 

 

 

Feek Racing November Wrap Up - ZR spells, Black Type Awaits Tizso, Magnorum to chase Vobis!

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Spring has ended and with it the long and successful campaign of up and coming stayer Zoffany Rose has also come to an end. The 4yo daughter of Zoffany headed to the paddock this morning (pictured arriving for her spell) after a preparation that essentially kicked off in a 1400m maiden at Wangaratta in April. Fast forward 7 months and this vastly improved mare notched up 17 starts for 3 wins, 4 minor placings and another 6 top 5 performances in a preparation that saw her go from maiden grade to city competitive.

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'Coral and I are thrilled with the way this mare has improved with racing, her best is still in front of her and we're looking forward to getting her back for a late autumn campaign'. Said David Feek.

'Not only has this mare worked through the grades at her first serious race preparation, she has shown us that she's up to that off season metropolitan class'.

Zoffany Rose will enjoy a good break over the early summer before coming back in to target the late autumn/early winter racing with the expectation she can graduate to a city winning mare in 2018.

Zoffany has proved to be a useful stallion for Feek Racing with Zoffany Rose and Senor Alf both winning progeny of the Coolmore owned entire and the stable recently acquiring another addition by the Group 1 winning son of Dansili.

'He (Zoffany) throws a nice type. I really like the breed, so much so that I purchased a ready to run by him at the Karaka Sales last month. He looks a big strong individual that might be at the races as an autumn 2yo'. Said Feek. 

'He was athletic walker who is sound on x-ray and a posses a good temperament. With the Asian market targeting those popular stallions I though this bloke went for well under what he was worth'.

The horse in question, Lot 412 out of the recent NZ Ready to Run sale was secured by Feek Racing for just $28,000 (landed in Australia). The 2yo Gelding (below) is out of a 3-time winning daughter or Oratorio and hails from a family that has produced winners from 1000m to 3200m! The well put together individual arrived at Feek Racing this week and will have a month off before coming in to work for an early 2018 campaign and hopefully a race start before the season ends - call David Feek for more information - 0403 883 377. 

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Turning the attention back to the track and the team will be represented in Adelaide and Melbourne this week with last start Moonee Valley winner Tizso Wicked chasing black type over in Adelaide and impressive debut winner Magnorum targeting the Vobis money on Pakenham Cup Day.

After her all the way win at Moonee Valley on Friday night 6yo mare Tizso Wicked will head to Adelaide on Saturday for a throw at the stumps in the City Of Marion Stakes (1200m). She has come through the win in great shape and will tick over with some light work later in the week before heading across the border for some black type.

Back home and the speedy Magnorum will head to Pakenham on Saturday on the big Cup Day meeting, to target the lucrative BM70 for 3yo's over 1000m. The race carries an $80,000 prize pool with an additional $43,000 on offer for Vobis Gold registered horses. The 3yo son of Magnus was an impressive debut winner on his home track at Mornington almost 3 weeks ago and has trained on well since the win.

'He's an impressive individual who I think has a bright future. We've thrown him in the deep end a little this weekend, however it's such attractive prize money with the Vobis bonus and I don't think he'll be out of place'.  Said David Feek

'He'll work on Wednesday morning to tune up for the weekend and if we can draw a gate I think he can be competitive'. 

It promises to be a big start to Summer for Feek Racing an with 8 winners already this season the future looks bright for the Mornington based team.

 

Rain threatens to dampen Valley runners as triallers shine at Balnarring

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Feek Racing saddle up two runners at Moonee Valley on Friday night with ZOFFANY ROSE and TIZSO WICKED both engaged. Zoffany Rose lines up in Race 3 over 3000m with Craig Williams booked to ride the mare after a luckless run at the same track and trip a fortnight ago. The pair will jump from barrier 8 of 13 (comes in to 7 if the emergency scratched) and will be chasing the lucrative Vobis Gold bonus of $20,000 on top of the $40,000 on offer. 

'She (Zoffany) worked over 1400m at a little quicker than even time (15secs) in what was simply a maintenance gallop in preparation for Friday. She remains very fit and well and we're hopeful of another good performance' Said David Feek from the Balnarring trials this morning.

'Craig's manager chased the ride very early in the week so I am taking that as a positive sign. I can't fault her, she just holds her condition so well and she deserves to win one of these races'.

TIZSO WIKCED lines up in the final race of the night with Michael Walker to ride the mare as she comes back from Benchmark 70 grade to Benchmark 64. As a result, the daughter of Duporth will lump the top weight of 62.5kg in a highly suitable second up assignment. 

'Michael has a great record on this mare and I think she can run very well from gate 1 even with the weight'. Said David Feek

'We are looking to get her over ground in time even though she has spend most of her career at the sprint trips. She is bred to get 2000m and her work since joining the stable suggests she is going to appreciate further'.

'I am hoping we can add to her already impressive CV'. 

The biggest danger to both runners on Friday night may in fact be Mother Nature. With a significant rainfall event schedule to cross the state on Friday and Saturday there is some concern at whether the meeting will proceed. 

As the runners continue to hit the track there are a number of horses approaching the final stages of their preparations as the edge close to commencing their summer racing campaigns. At Balnarring on a very warm late November morning Feek Racing saddled up a team of 5 with a mix of old and new hitting the track. 

In Trial 1 Vicious and Our Zariah both trialled strongly with both horses having contrasting preferences to their racing. Vicious is a short course specialist whilst Our Zariah is a 2400m horse who worked to the line strongly over the 1000m. Vicious was a very soft second in the heat (by a nose) while Our Zariah finished last in what was an ideal hit out for the stayer. See below. 

n Trial 2, also over 1000m, was Miamba Miss and Liberty Express. Both horses trialled nicely for second and third (respectively) with the later having another trial on the 14th of December before making her race day debut towards Christmas. Miamba Miss on the other hand will continue to slowly step up in trip with the plan to stretch out over 2000m. Watch their replay below.

To round out the day promising I am Vinnie trialled in heat 3 of the morning, the fastest of the 1000m heats on the day. This big strong son of I am Invincible sat quietly as the two leaders teared away early, before working to the line untouched for a strong finishing second in what was a really nice hit out. 'Vinnie' will go back to the trials on 14 December before making his race day debut shortly thereafter! Watch him go around in the Feek Racing silks below

David strikes on Day 1 of the NZ Ready to Run Sale

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There was plenty of pre-sale 'buzz' around this year's edition of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run sale of two-year-olds that kicked off at Karaka on Wednesday and it didn't take long for the action to explode in the auction ring. After some big buying by local and international buyers David Feek didn't take too long to secure his first purchase. Lot 93, a lovely filly brown filly by Nadeem, caught the eye early during the inspections and when she was knocked down for just $25,000 NZD David couldn't believe his luck. 

'I was a little surprised to be honest, I thought she was worth at least twice that. She's a big strong filly that is well put together and is lovely and balanced on her feet. She stands over good ground and is a beautiful walker'. Said a thrilled David Feek from Karaka.

'Being a filly was advantageous as there is a lot of money from Asia here and they are all looking for the colts and geldings. I think we have bought her well under what she could've have gone for' 

'Nadeem has been more than satisfactory as a stallion and I can't wait to get her home and in to the Feek Racing system'. 

The daughter of Nadeem is a half sister to a Stakes winning filly in New Zealand who has won from 1200m - 2100m. She is closely related to the multiple black type winner MIGHTY LUCKY and comes from the same family as CHANCE BYE.

'I bought her for a group of clients who are hopefully going to have some fun with her. If we could secure some black type for her page then she becomes a commercially viable broodmare after racing'. 

'We'll just get her home to Mornington and work out how she settles in and what she is telling us in terms of the Autumn'. Said Feek. 

 Lot 93 bought by Feek Racing on Day 1 of the Karaka R2R Sale

Lot 93 bought by Feek Racing on Day 1 of the Karaka R2R Sale

 

 

After a busy week attention turns to NZ Ready to Run Sale

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After 8 runners (and trialers) in a week Feek Racing quickly turns their attention to the 2017 NZ Ready to Run Sales held at Karaka, just 30 minutes south of Auckland, this week. With just a few days to spare before the Feek Racing team wind up on the track again next week, David heads across the Tasman tomorrow night to test the market at the internationally renowned ready to run sale.

The most successful Sale of its kind in Australasia, NZB’s Ready to Run Sale has celebrated 110 stakes wins in the past five seasons alone, with sale graduates having won 19 Group 1 races during the same period. Three of those Group 1 victories came during the 2016-17 season with star representative and dual Group 1 winner Gingernuts triumphing on both sides of the Tasman and fellow stablemate Hall of Fame scoring a Group 1 feature. Further afield, Singapore winners last season were headed by 3YO Sprint and 3YO Classic winner Countofmontecristo along with Patron’s Bowl and Stewards’ Cup winner Alibi. The statistics have been bolstered further with this seasons Group 1 victory in the Windsor Park Plate by Gingernuts, the Group 1 Wakeful Stakes by Luvaluva, and the Garden City Trophy and Jumbo Jet Trophy by Faaltless and Countofmontecristo.

'We have enjoyed some early success with our yearling, tried and ready to run purchases, so I want to head over there and take a closer look at what they have to offer. I don't mind if we come home empty handed, it's about finding the right horse for the right price'. Said David Feek

'A couple of clients have expressed some interest in the catalogue so its important I get on the ground and see what type of horses are being presented'. 

With seven winners at and 18% strike rate already this season Team Feek are hoping to add to their arsenal of young horses coming through the ranks. 

'We have got some really nice young horses on the ground and a few of our first crop of purchases are racing consistently for us. I would love to find a nice type that could get us to the races in the autumn'.

The sale commences Wednesday 22 November for two days with 437 well-trained two-year-olds catalogued and a determined David Feek looking to bring home the next chapter for Feek Racing.

For anyone wanting to peruse the catalogue please visit https://www.nzb.co.nz/sales/sale.cfm?ordered=lot&sort=asc&sale_id=200 . If you would like to discuss any upcoming opportunities with David or request an inspection of a particular lot please call David on 0403 883 377.

 Karaka Sales Ring is located just 30mins south of Auckland

Karaka Sales Ring is located just 30mins south of Auckland

The girls to fly the flag for Feek Racing this weekend!

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With seven wins already this season and sitting on a healthy 18% strike rate, Feek Racing will be looking for the momentum to continue over the coming days when the girls take centre stage at Pakenham and Moonee Valley.

After five winners during 2016/17 it is fair to say the team at Feek Racing are excited about what lies ahead, having already eclipsed last seasons achievements just 14 weeks in to 2017/18 and with plenty more ammunition to come.

'It's been a wonderful start to the 2017/18 for Feek Racing'. Said David Feek from Balnarring this morning.

'Last season we were thrilled with our progress having 24% of our runners filling a top 3 spot. However, this season we've really taken it to a new level with 7 winners to date and a healthy 18% win strike rate (37% place)'. 

After the debut win of Magnorum at Mornington on Monday Feek Racing has ventured to Cranbourne to the official trials and Balnarring for the jump outs, with the attention swinging to three runners over the next 48 hours.

To commence proceeding's 4yo mare Miamba Miss heads to Pakenham on Thursday night to contest the Four-Years-Old and Upwards Maiden over 1200m. Daniel Stackhouse takes the ride after piloting the mare first up at Seymour a fortnight ago.

'She has improved since the first up performance and from barrier 5 we should be able to settle a touch closer in the run and be within striking distance'. 

'We have had a bit of a look at the field and the Price and Waller runners look hard to beat. However, I am happy with how our mare has galloped for this and I think she can run well'.

Just 24 hours later and the team will be looking to fill two legs of the early quaddie at Moonee Valley on Friday night when Zoffany Rose lines up in Race 2 over 3000m and Tizso Wicked in Race 4 over 1000m. 

Zoffany Rose returns to the scene of her luckless last start third over 2500m and takes on the 3000m trip for the first time. 6yo mare Tizso Wicked was withdrawn at the barriers after becoming fractious shortly before the field was ready to jump in the Listed Black Pearl on Geelong Cup Day. Jess Eaton will be looking for an early double when she partners both mares and heads in to the meeting in career best form.

'I thought Zoffany (Rose) was unlucky not to get the prize there last start and she finished the 2500m off strongly enough to indicate the 3000m would suit. If she runs the trip out strongly I think she is a winning chance'. Said an upbeat David Feek after acceptances.

'From barrier 5 Jess can just settle somewhere forward of midfield and hopefully start to roll  in to the race from the school and outstay them'. 

The racing week rounds out for Team Feek with talented mare Tizso Wicked finally set to make her debt for the stable after being a late withdrawal on Geelong Cup Day. The 6yo is a 5-time winner (9 minor placings) from just 27 starts and is up against what looks a fairly deep Benchmark 70 field.

'The race has held up well so it looks a highly competitive affair. However our mare is in gate 2 and won't have to do any work in running'. Said David Fee.

'She will improve off whatever she does on Friday night but I think she can be competitive with some luck from the inside draw'.

It's another busy 48 hours for Feek Racing as the team seek their 8th winner for 2017/18...so far.