Vee Cece kicked things off on the most positive of notes, scoring an ultra-impressive win on debut for OTI at Tauranga. Drawn the outside in a field of nine, Craig Grylls settled the 4yo mare at the rear of the field. With the pattern of the day against, she blended in perfectly approaching the bend and despite a fleeting wobble upon straightening let down powerfully to score. Exciting times ahead for connections and a great effort by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman in having her ready to roll first up at a mile!
A busy few days beckon with five runners set to represent us across the weekend, kicking off at Cranbourne tonight.
Tiifu (barrier four) steps out to 2060m in an open maiden affair (Race 4 – 7:30pm AEDT). The filly had genuine excuses last time out when she was subsequently found to be in season. An in-form Billy Egan, who is a very good rider of staying horses, takes the ride for the first time and a much improved showing is expected.
High Bridge will attract the eyes of many as twilight racing returns to Flemington on Saturday. Lining up in the 2520m Handicap (Race 7 – 7:00pm AEDT), he will renew hostilities with last start Bagot victor El Don and look turn the tables with the benefit of a 1kg weight swing for that narrowest of defeats on New Years Day.
To be piloted again by Dwayne Dunn who gave him every possible in the Bagot with a rails hugging ride, we hope to see things pan out similarly once more after coming up with barrier one. High Bridge has been a model of consistency this campaign and we go to headquarters confident of another great display.
Favourable draws are the order of the day as Le Juge & Master Zephyr both tackle a 1600m Open Handicap at Eagle Farm. (Race 5 – 4:22pm AEDT). Le Juge (barrier five) gets the services of Larry Cassidy and comes in after holding his own in superior races. From the draw he should secure an economical run and with even luck figures to be right in the finish.
Iron horse Master Zephyr (barrier three) arrives to the race after a credible run alongside Le Juge in the Listed Bernborough Handicap on December 28 when only beaten four lengths. Mark Du Plessis sticks and the three week break after deriving further benefit is ideal.
On Sunday, we have accepted with Mighty Quinn at the Sunshine Coast in a 2200m 0-62 Handicap (Race 3 – 3:15pm AEDT). After coming through his last start 5th at the track very well, he should enjoy the rise in distance in what shapes as an easier assignment than recent runs.
Wishing all our connections the best of luck!