With a busy few days of racing on the weekend and early this week it was great to get three winners for our connections and hard working team at home.
Dirty Angel broke her maiden status at Mount Gambier on Sunday with Melissa Julius in the saddle. She was given a great ride by Melissa, she didn’t jump well but mustered speed quickly to settle just off the pace. When the leader tired, Melissa popped off its back and tracked into the race under a strong hold. When asked for an effort, Dirty Angel put the field away quickly and was never asked to fully extend as she went on to win by six lengths. It was a great reward for her owners who have been very patient and given the now 4yo mare time to mature and develop. Hopefully with her race craft going the right way, Dirty Angel can progress through the grades.
Troubled mare Plenty of Ammo (pictured) fronted up at the races on Monday with all eyes on her manners in the barriers. A mare that has always shown talent on the training track has had her career haltered with a terrible fear of the barriers. A lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into this mare and there are so many people that have played a part in getting her to the races on Monday. Plenty of Ammo is a home-bred so we were always going to be patient with her. Her early gallops and work suggested she had a motor but a trial as an early 3yo when she got a fright in the barriers put a full-stop to her getting to the races before she was 4. Her much anticipated debut saw her fractious in the barriers and back to the drawing board to try and cure her fear. On Monday, the day was all about giving hear a good experience on race-day and anything else was a much added bonus. We had to be careful of the track, the barrier she drew and many other factors in making her appearance on race-day again. To see her load and jump without incident was a huge relief. To see her cross the line first was even better.
Cape Doctor, a challenging 4yo by Trust In A Gust made his debut at Warrnambool on Monday. He has an attitude that is somewhat testing but if he puts it altogether and behaves, we all seen the talent he has when he went on to win by an easy 1.5 lengths. Bred by Des Ryan, who has many years in the breeding industry, he races Cape Doctor with a group of mates and was on course to see the win on Monday. He too admitted that Cape Doctor all but cured him from the breeding game with his difficult mannerisms. Through much hard work and careful management, the future looks bright for Cape Doctor.
Congratulations to all our winning connections.