A team of six runners made the trip to Sapphire Coast and we picked up three thirds on the day.
Blackhill Kitty had her final run for our stable, this time over 1200m. She was probably ready for the paddock but she ran a good race to finish the prep. She jumped brilliantly and took up the lead but drifted off the fence as she cornered, allowing the eventual winner and second place getter to slip up the inside. She fought hard to the line to finish off the prep with two consecutive placings.
Rogue Lune made his career debut in the 1000m maiden. He had an impressive barrier trial in the lead up and although he is still learning, he looks to have good ability. He was a lot more nervous and excited than at the barrier trial but he still coped well with the whole day. He had the widest barrier, which can be a real task from the 1000m chute at Sapphire. He was wide throughout but the instructions were to keep him balanced and not to break his momentum because he is a big horse who is still learning. He made a huge run in the straight nearly nabbing second on the line.
Reliable Jauhera picked up her fourth 3rd placing in a row having dropped back to 1600m this start. With no suitable 2000m races for her this fortnight, she had to return to the 1600m and under Jess Taylor, she ran another solid race. She is so fit, she always pulls up like she hasn’t even gone around and her relaxed racing style suits the longer distance racing.