Smart Repsonse from classy mare
LAST season’s Group 1 Tatts Tiara winner PROMPT RESPONSE signalled her intentions for a successful Spring campaign with victory in a 1000m barrier trial at Wyong last Monday.
The daughter of Beneteau sat two lengths behind pacesetter PERAST but once Tommy Berry allowed the mare some rein she gained supremacy over the latter stages.
Prompt Response has raced at elite level for most of her career and also won the Gr 2 Emancipation Stakes plus placings behind Alizee (Gr 1) and Invincibella (Gr 2).
Perast’s performance (second) was full of merit and he is also set for a profitable couple of months after declaring his class by winning the Group 3 Fred Best Classic and finishing a courageous fifth in the Group 1 Stradbroke.
Watch the Melbourne sprint fields as trainer Paul Perry has uncanny knack of targeting their feature races and more often than not he returns home a winner.
Ten minutes earlier Tracey Bartley’s unbeaten mare IN GOOD TIME led from the jump and wasn’t pressured when scoring by a neck running similar time to Prompt Response.
The chestnut began her six race winning streak in a Dubbo Maiden in mid November and graduated to winning the Listed Denises Joy Stakes at the Scone Cup carnival in May. The big smoke awaits !!! Plaudits to the placegetters SKY BOY and INVINCIBLE GEM as they are ticking over spendidly.
Kris Lees saddled up both 1000m Maiden winners with MISS EARTH ( by Stratum) and the unraced Malfoy ( Dundeel).
Miss Earth looks a progressive middle distance filly as before a spell she was placed behind the promising Dealmaker in 1550m at the Kensington track.
Malfoy returned a gelding this campaign and is now more focused while STELLA
MARIS (2nd) CROWD
SURFER (3rd) appear to have a future.
Three trials over 845m were set aside for Open Class with VENTURE CAPITAL landing the prize in Heat 6 but there were also some nice efforts behind her.
THE TENOR and CELER should be placed in your blackbook and marked urgent.
OXFORD ANGEL looked the part winning the following division while WAITANDWATCH a lightly-raced sevenyearold mare with stats of 8- 5- 0- 0 needs triple asterisk after her win.
Follow file: ROY’S COMMAND, SPENDING TO WIN, SASSO CORBARO, PLASIR and BRING ME SHOWERS.
Golden Rose favourite GRAFF looked in superb order as he completed 1000m in 1.08.50 ( last 600m 36.00) on the course proper (8 metres) Saturday.
He is never a flash worker preferring to save his energy for raceday. But what I can tell you is no horse will parade any better come Saturday.
Also on the main track over the same distance were EL DORADO DREAMING and GEM SONG.
The duo clocked 1.07.40 (35.30) with Gem Song having a neck advantage.
Heavy fog blanketed most of the course after the above gallops so my stopwatches were given an early mark.
Prompt Response was impressive in winning a Wyong barrier trial.