In-form Coyle’s a quiet achiever

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICKSON

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.”

Main Pic Grant Guy

Ja­son Coyle tak­est takes a strong team of horses to Rosee­hill Rose­hill in­clud­ing tal­ented mare Berr y De­li­cious (in­set)

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