Wyong and Goulburn previews: Moore trusts Vanilla Sky
Vanilla Sky went six lengths fourth in Goulburn’s last start, but that didn’t stop his coach Gary Moore feeling confident of his chances of winning at Wyong on Thursday.
The gray mare faded on the home stretch and in her Class 1 (1600m) handicap on Thursday, Moore removed the blinders which he says will help him settle into the race better.
“I think she might be my best of the day. She just took a while to get noticed and she likes the deep pitches,” Moore said.
Reece Jones rides Vanilla Sky on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images
“I just think we went a bit too hard in the race with the blinders on the last start and the blinders are off now.
“When Kerrin (McEvoy) ran second ahead of her at Kembla two races back, he left her and said ‘take the blinders off because she ran too much’.
“I should have listened to her then because she went out and ran too hard. The blinders are off now and she worked exceptionally well ahead of Thursday’s race.
Moore was left scratching his head when Stay Wealthy ran an eight and a half last at Hawkesbury after appearing to enjoy an easy run in transit.
“He was disappointing on the last start and all the post-race testing came back normal so I don’t know what happened, but he didn’t perform at all and he didn’t travel,” he said. Moore said.
“All his work since has been good and he is a very fit horse.”
Tim Clark is back though and he won on Stay Wealthy in Wyong in December with a chance of $1.45 and out of five starts on the track he only ran once without a spot and that was a length and a quarter of a quarter in February.
His latest in-form start wouldn’t fill bettors with confidence, but his record at Wyong should.
“You always go to the same well. He’s done well there before and he’s definitely a better horse on the speed,” Moore said.
“He won on a Heavy 10 which we will probably know on Thursday. The horse is doing well and I think he will be very hard to beat.
“It’s great to put Tim back on because he suits the horse and the horse is fine for him.”
Moore isn’t sure Chief Conductor will race in race eight due to the heavy track, but Sing A Love Song is expected to line up in race seven over 1350m.
The Your Song colt has won only one race so far out of 12 attempts and that was at Wyong three races back.
He had five placings to go with that victory and dropped in rank after a run in the Listed Canberra Guineas’ last start (1400m).
Clark will mount the three-year-old boy from the second barrier and he should have him set up behind the speed and look to pounce late.
Moore said this would likely be his last mission before heading off for a much-needed break.
“He had a long preparation and traveled a lot. He’s been to the Gold Coast and Canberra so he’ll race on Thursday and then probably have a spell,” he said.
“He goes in the ground and loves Wyong.”
DANCER TO PUT A STAR PERFORMANCE IN HIS DEBUT
Warwick Farm trainer Lauri Parker did well not to race Dusky Dancer until Thursday at Goulburn.
The three-year-old came out and won a barrier trial in fine fashion last July at Warwick Farm when he looked like a practical bloke.
Parker resisted taking him to races in the spring and he spelled for 19 weeks before trying hard again in November and then heading into an 18-week spell.
“He did well in practice, but he wasn’t strong enough to go to the races,” Parker said.
“He had immature knees and a sore shin, so we gave him a lot of time.
“When they show you a bit of ability, you get a bit more confidence to give them time.
“He has improved a lot and every time we try him he tries well and I’m very happy with him.”
Dusky Dancer’s final barrier try was another good one and Parker knew it was time to start running and she picked a Maiden Plate over 900m on Thursday.
“He did some testing on a heavy track the other day and did fine,” she said.
Jay Ford rides Dusky Dancer in his debut for Coach Goulburn on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images
“He has a natural speed and he could easily have led his trials, but we didn’t want him to be a one-dimensional horse.
“Jay (Ford) will ride it as it lands. It can be handy though. He’s going to be a natural sprinter who I think won’t go too far beyond 1100m.
Parker will race the new stable edition Zudin in the fourth race over 1600m if the track is not too wet.
The four-year-old Redoute’s Choice was coached by Chris Waller and won at Canterbury over 1900m three races back.
“It’s a really good pickup,” Parker said.
“He was re-trial therapy when I lost Torrens so I bought him.”
Parker has plans for Zudin and her past form suggests he won’t let her down.
“We’re pretty demanding of him and hopefully he can live up to my expectations and be a country cut horse,” Parker said.
“It’s a good starting point for him and he’s fit enough. He did a lot of homework. It has the class factor and the rest can run really good fresh races.
“A very wet track would be the only concern and I don’t want to race him on a very heavy track.”