Ocean returns - Weekly Update July 13

Jul 15, 2017

Ocean heading for spring

Our star mare OCEAN EMBERS (4yo Beneteau x Burningwood) has been back in work for a few weeks now and is gearing up for a spring return.

With the exception of her last start failure in the G2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick when she pulled up with a throat infection after the race, the mare was brilliant last campaign and sectional times tell us that with a better barrier in the G1 Oakleigh Plate she would have been right in the finish.

With that in mind I'll set Ocean Embers for an ambitious campaign this spring targeting some valuable sprint events - I truly believe that she is up to G2/G1 class and her runs in the G2 Schillaci Stakes and the G1 Oakleigh Plate back that up.

She'll soon arrive at our Cranbourne stables from pre-training and should be ready to race in early September.

Mildura on Monday

I've had some luck at Mildura in the past including a win in the cup with old favourite Flyingconi, so there is some confidence about the team of three gallopers that I'm taking to the track on Monday.

R4 - Better Strike: This filly has been unlucky in town in the past and gets into a really suitable race on Monday. She's had a couple of minor hiccups this preparation but nothing that will stop her from running really well on Monday.

R5 - Scotopia: I've got a lot of time for this horse and I believe that he is at least mid-week metropolitan class. After a first-up run that had him right on track for better races, he didn't handle the Swan Hill surface at all and ran below his best. The race on Monday is short of his right distance but it gives him a chance to bounce back with a good run that will let us look at better races closer to home next start.

R6 - My Gypsy Jane: The mare is probably my best winning chance on Monday, she really is starting to come into her own and mature into a really consistent 1600m - 2000m performer. I thought her Cranbourne win was top notch and she wants 2000m now, if she can win this race I'll look at something in town for her next.

A couple to watch out for

Cavalero: This horse earned a big reputation around my stables based on his talent on the training track but nothing really went right for him in two race starts. I'm training him to get out to a mile and maybe further this campaign as he is showing some fitness markers that suggest he has good natural stamina. He's been back in work for a few weeks and is going well.

Considering: A daughter of So You Think that has some real class about her. She has been a slow maturing type but her owners patience will be rewarded in time. She has worked well in preparation for her return to the races after a good spell in which she has strengthened and grown. She's not far off hitting the track.