Chap ready to make amends

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By SHAYNE O’CASS

CHAR­LIE CHAP ran last of 14 at $51 in the Group 1 BRC J.J. Atkins (1600m) at his last start be­fore a spell but had some rea­son­able form against al­beit B or C-Grade three-year-old’s be­fore that.

Where he was last prepa­ra­tion, he was in an­other league to his four ri­vals win­ning his Hawkes­bury trial by 2.7-lens (ears pricked the last 200m) on Mon­day morn­ing.

Maybe he does have le­git­i­macy to step up to bet­ter races this time in.

There were only nine heats held on Mon­day and Bjorn Baker and Deanne Panya com­bined to win four of them. Best of the quar­tet was THISTEL

DO, a replica Zariz son and thus po­lar op­po­site to his now al­most white coloured brother Zara­tone who won 17 times in­clud­ing a Group 3 and two Starlights.

Thistel do beat the three oth­ers by 3.3-lens with­out re­ally turn­ing a hair – not that the oth­ers did ei­ther but he was in con­trol of things the whole way.

There is a 1000m maiden with his name writ­ten all over it. 1200m LIFE

LINE PRINCESS’S name on it, Panya steered the High Cha­parral mare to a stylish 0.2-lens win in the open­ing heat.

The best thing about Life­line Princess was the way she knuck­led down to set out af­ter the early leader and nail it on line. Plenty of author­ity in that dis­play. Panya gave FOXY QUEEN ev­ery pos­si­ble chance to win her heat and this daugh­ter of Foxwedge duly obliged with a nar­row but im­pres­sive win.

Foxy Queen twice tri­alled well (15-lens third to She Will Reign and Song­like/a close sec­ond to Za Zi Ba) be­fore her de­but last of 11 beaten 17lens at Rose­hill on Feb 22.

Let’s wipe the slate clean and start again – a 1000m/1100m pro­vin­cial maiden would be right up the al­ley.

Foxy Queen is bred to win races be­ing out of a 1000m maiden win­ning sis­ter to Group 3 win­ner Sugar Babe and thus grand-daugh­ter of John Sin­gle­ton’s for­mer crack filly/mare On Type.

Baker and Panya’s re­main­ing win­ner for men­tion was MONEY TRAV­ELS.

This un­raced Snip­pet­son three­year-old geld­ing led and was headed in the straight but showed some ticker to fight back and take out the heat by a very nar­row mar­gin but de­sire he showed will cer­tainly serve him well when his de­but comes around.

One of Baker’s beaten divi­sion that war­rants at­ten­tion was REPRIMAND who fin­ished sec­ond to KING’S TAR

IFF in Heat 6 but ab­so­lutely and def­i­nitely go­ing bet­ter than the win­ner at the post.

Baker will no doubt look­ing for an­other 1000m pro­vin­cial or coun­try maiden to kick her off.

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