April newsletter

Apr 01, 2014

We ended the month of March with a bang at Terang last Friday scoring a winning double with Smokey Nic Nac and first starter Mount Beckworth.

Also in the opening event, Tennessee Merlin, kicked off his career with an impressive third over 1000m.

While it was pleasing to get the results on the day it was immensely satisfying as that trio are from our crop of three-year-olds which we believe are a very talented bunch.

We have put a lot of time and effort into these horses and in keeping with the way we train we haven't rushed them.

It was thrilling to get a debut win with Mount Beckworth over 1400m - especially after he was slow to begin, had to race wide and then lost concentration when he hit the front.

The best part of the win was the way he surged in the final metres to regain the lead and get up.

It was a good result for connections as he followed up on his recent trial form.

His jockey Jamie Mott said it was a superb effort.

He said he got lost in the closing stages as he was out wide and lost sight of the horses on his inside but was impressed with the way he really knuckled down in the closing stages.

We don't intend to rush the son of Testa Rossa as he still has a lot to learn. We will probably take him back to Terang again over 1400m in a Benchmark 64 on Sunday 3.

Congratulations to Mount Beckworth's connections - Andre Agterhuis, Gerry Harvey, Jock Charles and first time owner Jamie Winton.

Three-year-old filly Smokey Nic Nac, also owned by Andre Agterhuis,  returned to her best when she led throughout to win over 1000m.

It was pleasing to see her return to the form she showed when she ran second at Terang at her debut before she struggled on a flint hard Swan Hill track.

Tennessee Merlin, also displayed his raw talent with a first start third over 1000m.

He hasn't jumped well in his trials but he wasn't as bad as that.

His jockey Craig Robertson said he went to sleep in barrier one when he went in but when the starter went to his ladder he became agititated and that's when they let them go.

Robertson was impressed with the horse and felt he will be better for the experience and also over over more ground. He is also likely to run at Terang on Sunday 13.

The pleasing news is we feel we have some other talented three-year-olds to unveil in the next few weeks in Ercildoune and Blue Poppi.

We also are waiting expectantly for four-year-old mare Encosta Grace to make her debut shortly.

It was a good way to finish the week as it began in frustrating circumstances when another three-year-old Whistle Stop finished an unlucky seventh at Geelong.

Whistle Stop was having his first start for us after being purchased by Dick Leech from Darley earlier this year.

Whistle Stop was blocked for a run for almost the entire straight. His jockey Jamie Mott was impressed with the performance.

We are considering starting him in Saturday week's Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) at Morphettville  with the thought of progressing towards the South Australian Derby.

In other news Coghills Creek has returned from a stint at Warrnambool with Alan Peterson and is ready to go.

Belaruski has moved to Peterson for a change of environment.

Terry is uncontactable until the first weekend in April as he is riding on a horse trek around the Snowy Mountains.