Hyeron­imus has faith in Heav­ens

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

ADAM Hyeron­imus has had long as­so­ci­a­tion with Heav­ens Above de­spite rid­ing her only three times at the races.

To­mor­row he’ll be out to win Group 2 $300,000 Ma­tri­arch Stakes (2000m) for trainer Tim Mar­tin.

Hyeron­imus rode Heav­ens Above in her first ever bar­rier trial in Oc­to­ber, 2014, at Rosehill, but couldn’t get back on her un­til this year’s Group 2 Mil­lie Fox Stakes.

“I re­mem­ber rid­ing her in work well be­fore that bar­rier trial when she was only a baby,” he said.

“I said to Tim that’s she’s pretty good, this horse and he had the same opin­ion.

“I was go­ing to ride her at her first start Goul­burn but she had a tem­per­a­ture and didn’t run and went to the pad­dock.

“When she came back I wasn’t rid­ing due to in­juries so it’s taken me a long time to get back on her.”

She’s had to luck­less runs in the Group 1 Myer Clas­sic re­cent years and was fly­ing late in the race last start when 2.4 lengths eighth to Shoals.

She won the Cool­more in the au­tumn at Rosehill and Hyeron­imus says she can win an­other Group 1 to end the year.

“It would be good to get a re­sult for Tim. He’s been a sup­porter of mine so I want to re­pay him,” he said.

“She went well last start but got too far back and couldn’t get to the out­side of the field have a good crack at them.”

“With way the race was won it was go­ing to be a sprint home and it was hard to find runs. I think she’s re­ally look­ing for 2000m now and this is a good race for her.”

Hyeron­imus will also be try­ing to end the sixyear-old mare’s run of bad luck in Mel­bourne where she’s yet to win, al­beit from just two Myer Clas­sic runs.

“She’s al­ways shown that she’s got abil­ity and

a pretty easy go­ing horse with a good at­ti­tude,” he said.

“It’s got to do with the way she races. She gets back. She races well when gets to the out­side of them.”

The wide bar­rier won’t be an is­sue for her ei­ther and she’ll be fly­ing home late down the out­side.

“She’ll look af­ter her­self early and drop out the back so it’s not a bad bar­rier she’ll be able to get a crack at them,” Hyeron­imus said.

Heav­ens Above will ap­pre­ci­ate the trip in to­mor­row’s Group 2 Ma­tri­arch Stakes.

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