Smart Rep­sonse from classy mare

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - ALAN GOL­LO­GLY

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


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.


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.

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