I Am Bolt has settled in great. He is working well and he is an eating machine. He had a foot abscess come out at the end of last week, causing him to miss a couple of days cantering but he is fine now. He is ready to start some 3/4 pace tomorrow morning.
Boom and Zoom is fully recovered from her trip to Forbes and we are aiming to race her again at Nowra next weekend. Nowra had a lot of rain and the track is very wet so we will have to see how it is as we get closer. She can go to the following Moruya meeting if the surface at Nowra is unusable.
Airfree’s feet have finally come good and she is sound enough to work. She has been lunging this week to start to build her fitness without being ridden. She had a long spell so it is a good way to start her off and she can introduce some cantering on the track next week.
Sarzana is getting back into her pace work and should be ready for a jumpout on the 26th. She is full of energy but she got quite fat in the paddock so she can take some time to get fit after a spell.
Chairman’s Choice is coming along good since his trip to Forbes. We will be nominating him for Canberra next Friday in the BM60 over 1400m.
Ile De Re has settled in great and is building up her fitness by cantering each morning. She is eating very well and she is a really friendly horse who loves hanging out with her neighbours. She can be a bit nervous going to the track but the relaxed atmosphere at Moruya is suiting her.
Duck Gold is racing at Moruya on Sunday in the Maiden over 1020m. Kayla Nisbet is riding her and she has barrier 6. She was quite green in her last start so we are looking for her to improve her confidence around the other horses.
Heavenly Thunder is racing at Moruya on Sunday in the Class 3 over 1020m (race 5 at 3:25pm). Kayla Nisbet is riding her from barrier 11. Although we had a lot of rain at Moruya, the track is drying out fast and should be suitable for her by Sunday.
Hay Bale is stepping up to 1435m at Moruya on Sunday (Race 7 at 4:45pm). Shaun Guymer is riding him again and he has barrier 8.
His benchmark went up 10 points following his win at the last Moruya meeting so he is restricted to running in the Open races in the country now, making this a good time to try him at the further distance. He likes racing at Moruya and the field is not overly strong so we are looking forward to seeing if he can run it out and bring home the cup.
Icksta is stepping up to 1605m on Sunday at Moruya (Race 3 at 2:05pm). Shaun Guymer is riding him from barrier 12. We had planned to race him in the 1310m race but the 1605m ended up much weaker so we have opted to step him up.
A number of the horse he raced last time are in the race and we think he should be fighting out the finish.
Hoystryke is racing at Moruya on Sunday in the Maiden 1310m (Race 2 at 1:25pm). She has barrier 5 and Blaike McDougall is riding her.
We are planning on riding her dead cold, out the back, and see if she can finish off like she did in her first start for us. A couple of times at trackwork, she has held her breath in her gallop. We think keeping her totally relaxed in the early stages of the race is the best way to help this, because she already wears a tongue tie.
No Emotion is racing at Moruya on Sunday. He is in the Class 2 over 1435m (Race 6 at 4:05pm), Aaron Sweeney is riding him from barrier 4.
He took some time to recover from his trip to Forbes but his work on Tuesday was good and he has been eating well. He typically runs well at Moruya and he is up to his preferred distance now.
Legislation is racing at Moruya on Sunday in Race 6 at 4:05pm (Class 2 over 1435m). Shaun Guymer is riding him and he has drawn barrier 12.
The race is stronger than his last start but he drops in weight. He has been working well since his last race and he likes racing at home.
Pahang is racing at Goulburn on Friday (Race 6 at 3:25pm). The race is a BM58 over 1200m and Shaun Guymer is riding him from barrier 6. We accepted in the Class 2 over 1200m as well because he would carry less weight, but the recent form of the other horses in that race was stronger and we think the BM58 is the best option.
We have put the blinkers on him, like Shaun suggested last race, to help him focus and run straight. The plan is settle him, like last start, and have him finishing off strong.
It is always hard to step up from Maiden grade and the track is currently rated Heavy, which he is untested on. If he handles the conditions, he is an each way chance.
Spring Creek Halo is stepping up his 3/4 pace and is coping very well. He has a really long stride and the 3/4 pace is effortless for him. He will aim to jumpout on the 26th.
Shrug is entered to race at Goulburn on Friday (Race 8 at 4:40pm). The race is a BM58 over 1600m and Blaike McDougall is riding her from barrier 1. It is really important for Shrug that there is adequate speed in the race to allow her to settle early. She should be able to get smothered up quickly from barrier 1 and if they run along early, she should be finishing off strong.
Our Real Impact filly “Stella” completed her first prep at our Moruya stables and went to the paddock yesterday. She did eight weeks of trackwork, including three gallops and barrier education. The video below is her barrier progress in the space of only two jumpout practices.
She has done an excellent job this prep and we think she should be able to get to a trial next time in. She will be spelling for 4 weeks.
Pahang pulled up good from his victory on Tuesday at Moruya. Click above for a video update from trackwork this morning.
He was still very green in the race and will benefit from having the blinkers added next start. The race photos are available at https://bradleyphotos.com.au/Home/Gallery?id=130387
Congratulations to all his owners! We will aim to race him again at Goulburn on the 14th.
Click above for Shrug’s video update