Sifu is racing on Sunday at Sapphire Coast in the 1208m Maiden (race 6 at 4:10pm). Ellen Hennessy is riding her with her 2kg claim to bring her weight down to 56kg. She has a wide barrier but we plan to have her sitting up near the front from the start. It is not a very strong field and we think she is a winning chance on Sunday.
Sifu had an easy week last week after a mishap on the bush trail. She is back at trackwork this week and is planning to race again at Sapphire Coast on Sunday 26th of July. She is eating really well and has been reasonably relaxed in her trackwork.
Sifu has settled back into the stables great. She had a good gallop this morning (video below) and she is nominated to race at Moruya on Friday in the 1010m Maiden.
Sifu is entered to race at Canberra on Wednesday (Race 3 at 1:39pm). She has barrier 5 and Jess Taylor will be riding her. There are six first starters in the field. She has come back from her short break in the paddock great and her work has been very good. She had a gallop on Saturday and we are very happy with her heading towards her first race start.
She is a very hot filly so we have organised the clerk of the course to help her get to the barriers. We expect her to sit up near the front during the race. It will be her first trip away from home and we are unsure how she will cope with the whole race day experience but if she doesn’t find it too overwhelming, we think she will race well.
Sifu is nominated to trial on Thursday at Moruya after the races. She had a gallop with No Emotion this morning to help take the edge off before the trial as she is very nervy. She is on the outside in the video above and she worked to the line very well.
We have Robbie Brewer booked to ride her as we find him to be excellent with the horses needing gentle educating.
Sifu had her second jumpout for the prep at Moruya this morning (video above). She is still quite nervous and sweating heavily in the lead up (waiting in the raceday stalls and going up to the start) but she is loading well, jumping very fast and travelling great during the run.
Last time she jumped out she was in a field of maidens and unraced horses but today we asked to go with the more experienced horses to get her in amongst them. Both the other runners in today’s heat have won multiple races and one has even won in Sydney.
We are really happy with how Sifu is galloping and are ready to take her to her first barrier trial next week. We expect her to find a day at the races quite overwhelming the first few times because she is quite nervous but she will only get better with practice.
Sifu had her first jumpout for the prep this morning at Moruya (video above). She it jumping very well and travelling great during the run but she needs more practice behind the barriers. She has a lot of nervous energy which means she finds being in the race day stalls and waiting behind the barriers a bit stressful. We will most likely have her accompanied by the clerk of the course when she trials to give her confidence between the mounting yard and the barriers.
Sifu has been building up her pace work and should be ready to gallop at the end of next week. She is coming along great and we are very happy with her. Click above for video update.
Sifu continues to work well and she is ready to start pace work on the grass track next week. She is developing into a really nice looking horse and it will be good to see her work through her pace work over the coming weeks.
We couldn’t be happier with how Sifu is coming along. The change in her behaviour since her spell has been incredible. Last prep she was frequently upset doing simple things but she has really turned a corner and is much more mature and professional now. She still has the occasional shy or zoomie, like at the end of the video above, but overall she is like a different horse since her break in the paddock.
She has one more week of cantering before she starts pace work.
Sifu is back at the stables after an eight week spell for shin soreness. She has really developed and grown and she looks much more mature. She is currently building up her fitness by cantering each morning. The video above is her trackwork on Wednesday morning, she is on the outside.
Sifu is starting to feel the work after her jumpout. We gave her an easy week last week to help her recover and she was much better this morning. We will do some more barrier practice tomorrow morning to try to improve her manners, especially behind the gates and then try to get her through to the barrier trial on Sunday.
She is still eating brilliantly and gets her work done on the track but she will probably need to go to the paddock after the trial to give her growing body a rest. She is developing into a really nice looking horse and she is keen to run and compete with her mates so there is lots to look forward to in the future.
Sifu had her first jumpout for the prep at Moruya this morning. Her jockey is wearing orange in the video above and she finishes 2nd. Both the horses she was against have already raced in their careers.
She was a little fired up behind the gates but she loaded and jumped well. She settled nicely at the rear of the field and worked home well in the straight. Her rider reported she was a bit floaty in the straight, meaning that she wasn’t driving hard for the line, but she ran straight and made up ground.
The 800m heat was run in 47.35 seconds, with the last 600m in 33.37 seconds.
We are aiming to trial her at Moruya on the 22nd.
Sifu is planning to have a jumpout on Tuesday next week. She missed a couple of pace work days over the past two weeks because the bush fire smoke was too thick but she has been keen and working strong so an easy jumpout should be no problem for her. We are aiming to barrier trial her at Moruya on the 22nd if she comes through her jumpout well. She is the outside horse in the video above doing 3/4 pace work.
Sifu is coming along very well and will start 3/4 pace on the grass on Tuesday. She is keen to work and has been getting some variety to her week by trail riding through the bush.
We are planning to jump her out on the 10th of December. The video above is her coming off the track on Saturday morning after doing 1/2 pace 1000m.
Sifu is back at the stables and she has really done well during her short break in the paddock. We turned her out after her jumpout to give her mind a break but she has filled out and matured in her body as well.
She has resumed cantering (video above) and after only three weeks in the paddock, she will be able to build up to a trial quite quickly.
“Opal” had her first Moruya jumpout this morning. She loaded into the gates perfectly and stood up well. She was a little slow away but that will only take a couple more practices to get up to speed. She travelled very nicely throughout and finished off strong.
All her gallops since arriving have been good and today she performed with the added pressure of jumping out of the barriers. She is a very nice filly and should be ready for a trial later this month.