STABLE TOTALS (December 4) - 33 WINS -$1.2M -UDR 4541- 1ST PREMIERSHIP
(Stable DECEMBER Update on Racing Team Page )
*PRINCE FEARLESS SET TO RETURN-AUCKLAND POSSIBLE-AUSTRALIA LIKELY
*ALL WELL POST RACE IN PERTH-Smolda has 7 marble in the ID Final
*MATT POSTS FIRST AUSTRALIAN WIN ON I 'M ROCKARIA-IN WITH A BIG SHOUT NOW
*Hicori (midday) Motu Meteor (12.15) Arya (1.30) workouts Rangiora Wednesday
*Matt lying third in Junior Drivers. Best hope tonight looks in the 10.20 at Northam
*Riccardo gets 10 days off EIght nominated for NZ Derby but not.....*Thefixer who heads south for a break.
*41 wins in Australia this year -*Glass Half Full stays home
*Prince Fearless is doing well at Rolleston after a long buildup . After a brilliant NZ Cup meeting he went amiss on New Year's at Auckland and had another setback when on the comeback trail. A decision on whether he will be forward enough to race at Auckland has yet to be made. He will be headed for Australia for racing opportunities in the New Year.
RACING THIS WEEK
5.15; Arden's Winstar (6) Tim-Spankem (7) Natalie
7.15; Smiley Sophie (3) Tim -Ready To Fire (10) Jonny-Spanish Armada (8) Natalie
8.14: Dream About Me (8) Natalie
8.44: Titan Banner (9) Natalie
9.14: Ultimate Machete (6) Natalie-More The Better (7) Tim
10.14: You Gotta Have Faith (3) Natalie
PICCADILLY PRINCESS'S run has caught the eye of the stewards and they have opened an inquiry. I took an early trail behind the winner Ideal Alice because all the intel was that she had the gate speed to hold up and that is what they would be doing with her. So rather than park I opted to track her and hope to get a run in time to run her down. That didn't work out but I thought it was the best option at the time. We will have to see that happens.
The draw for the final (not done at the time) is really about the favourite Hectorjayjay and the run of the race will probably be decided by that. There are some tough horses in the field as they are over here but Smolda is a tough horse too and what he draws really depends on what Hector draws from a tactical point of view. Piccadilly Princess and Mr Mojito are doing great
HAVE FAITH IN ME goes in for his examination on Monday and he will be there for 48 hours and they will be going in if they find something so the Auckland Cup does look unlikely now to be honest. We decided to move him to Matamata for a further stage in investigating what is troubling him. There has been quite a thorough investigation in Canterbury by people who know what they are doing but they have not found anything significant. It was thoughtby everyone concerned that concentrating on a bone scan would be now worthwhile and the horse deserves that we do all we can to find out the cause of the problem.
Noel Power (Hamilton Veterinary Services) is a vet of wide experience in several countries and I have great faith in his work so the next stage will be with him. It involves using a dye to isolate any bone problems andother irregularities and hopefully it will help us solve the problem. PRINCE FEARLESS has had a long buildup and is getting near racing trim though Natalie didn't rate his work on Saturday as outstanding so we will have to see. The plan was to race him at Auckland but he may not be ready for that. But he will go to Auckland because he is headed for Australia in the New Year
Methven winning owners with reasons to smile-Shaun, Duane Mark (All Star Angus) Bill Feiss (Vincent)
We hope to have a good day at Methven on SundayI would say Vincent is the best of them. A smart horse and he is likely to head to Auckland later all going well because he will be headed off to Australia after that.
Myidealson and Augusta clash in the special maiden race and I am a little reluctant to choose between them. With Augusta it is a case of getting away which he didn't do that well last week but he did cop a check which made things hard for him. He is a smart horse on his day and he handled the grass ok last week when he got going. He was a little unlucky on Cup day first up too. Myidealson is one of those horses that start off ok but get better as time goes on and he has been putting his hand up lately. Jonny keeps the drive and he handled him so well last week. He got into a bad spot back on the fence but there was no panic and he got that last run. I don't think the one draw will worry him too much Hope not anyway. Myidealsonwon over this distance (2400m) last week and Augusta ran over 1950m but I don't think that will be the deciding factor.
Jonny is also driving All Star Angus and he seems to like the grass. He is going near enough to be in the money with some luck.
Chase the Dream has that tricky draw in the Green Mile but you can't count out a horse of his class and he might be a bit of value on the day. I will playing it as it comes. He still has some improvement in him because when he won so well at Addington he was a race short. That shows how good he is. I think he took a while to get over his trip to Perth last season when things didn't quite go according to the schedule. He has certainly come back so well and he is a really smart horse on his day. He is in the Auckland Cup but the plan might be at this stage to run in the staying events around in the south over the holidays, races like the Ashburton Cup. That will depend a wee bit on how he goes this week and how he comes through the race.
Yes it is off to Perth on Thursday for a couple of weeks and I am really looking forward to this the Australasian Junior Drivers Championship. The selection is based on last year's results and I set myself the target then of doing well enough then to be selected. There are four of us but I am the New Zealand respresentative. Brad Williamson is the South Island rep and Kyle Marshall the North Island rep. and Robbie Close is in because he won it last year. Actually I am only junior driver amongst us now.
It is my first trip to Perth and the first time I have driven in Australia so it is all new stuff of experience. I don't want to miss it!
As we speak I don't know the makeup of the fields for Fridayand getting the right drives will be crucial especially on a track like Gloucester Park where tactics ate different I guess from the bigger tracks here. There are ten races so I should get my chance at some stage. It will be full on for a week. The final race is on the Inter Dominion Final night so that will be a thrill too. I hope to keep you posted on how things are going but I know all the planning I made to be there this year has already paid off.
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES WHO MADE HIM FAMOUS