In-form Coyle’s a quiet achiever
JASON Coyle says there are two sides to a trainer like him having ‘quiet period’. The Warwick Farm certainly isn’t in a quiet patch at the moment, he’s on the cusp of a career best season by winners, though he sees one horizon as number of horses come to the end of their preparations.
“It’s a nice time to have a quiet period, we can bring in the younger horses to have a look around and educate but you won’t see as many at the races,” Coyle said.
“I think we will be a bit light in the coming weeks when some of them are wound back to have their breaks.
“Whenever you have a quiet time you start to get little concerned because it doesn’t take long for the journalists to stop calling once you haven’t had a couple of winners here or there or a nice horse in work.”
Coyle has 40 horses in work, and ‘not many’ the paddock to replace them, and recent weeks it seems there has been plenty of reasons for his phone to ring.
But that’s not a big number when you’re competing against the likes of Chris Waller, Godolphin, the Snowdens and the Hawkes and Waterhouse/Bott partnerships. To name a few.
So it’s significant that he’s trained 44 winners so far this season (50 is his PB) and is taking seven horses to Rosehill tomorrow.
“We’ve had a good season, we were a bit light last season,” he said. “It’s very hard in Sydney, I think it is the strongest and most competitive racing the country.
“To hold our own is good given that we’re not into 100s of horses in work and there are a lot of very talented trainers with small numbers who we have to compete with as well.”
Well related filly White Moss is an emerging talent chasing four straight wins in the George Moore Hall Of Fame Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill.
The half-sister to stakes winner White Sage is on trial for a spring preparation and win will earn her break and Coyle the job of plotting a path to stakes company.
“She has taken bit of time and come back this preparation and gone forward in leaps bounds,” he said. “We’ll play it on a race to race basis but this might be it for her.
“She looks like she will be very competitive on Saturday and if she can win it gets her benchmark to a point where we can plan for some nice races in the spring.”
The 39-year-old trainer’s two representatives in the Saintly Hall Of Fame Handicap (1100m), Memes and Kawakini, may face an uphill battle to beat the promising New Universe but he says they will both be competitive.
Kawakini chased New Universe home when they met at Rosehill two weeks ago while Memes has put impressive wins together at Kembla Grange and Hawkesbury to earn her Saturday ticket.
“Kawakini was desperately unlucky a couple of starts back and she ran into a really good horse last start but gapped the rest of them,” he said.
“She just deserves that change of luck and I don’t think she is far off being a Saturday winner.
“The way Memes has won her last couple in lower grade she deserves her chance in three-yearold company.”
Coyle had a whirlwind nine months in charge of Nathan Tinkler’s now failed Patinack Farm empire back in 2009 which yielded him his two Group 1 wins to date.
He still has an association with the Tinkler family and trains More Energy, running in the JB Cummings Hall Of Fame Handicap (2000m), who is owned by Tinkler’s father Les.
The gelding paddock bound if he doesn’t perform tomorrow.
“He was in a couple of stakes races this preparation where I thought he solid,” Coyle said.
“I don’t think Canterbury suited him last start and we’ll have a guide if he’s off to the paddock after this.”
Saving the best for last, Coyle is bullish about the chances of Group placed mare Berry Delicious in the Winx Hall Of Fame Handicap (1500m) – particularly if some rain arrives.
He also has Takewing secondup in the same event but feels he’s still a run or two away.
“She was very good firstup over an unsuitable trip,” he said.
“I know she is a backmarker but got shade further out of her ground than we would have liked.
“Josh (Parr) has had a ride on her now and up to the 1500m second-up, especially if we get the edge off the track, I think she is somewhere near her best.”
Jason Coyle takest takes a strong team of horses to Roseehill Rosehill including talented mare Berr y Delicious (inset)