Peace­fuleasyfeelin finds his form

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - DEN­NIS RYAN Rac­ing colum­nist

Any doubts that Glenn Old might have har­boured about his tal­ented gal­loper Peace­fuleasyfeelin were erased at Te Rapa on Satur­day.

A month af­ter the big bay had scored an up­set win at Ro­torua in his first start since Jan­uary, he de­liv­ered an­other re­sound­ing per­for­mance to prove that he was in­deed back to his best.

Two years ago the horse was shap­ing up as a fu­ture star, with three wins from his first nine starts drawing ac­co­lades as well as big money of­fers from over­seas buy­ers.

On both counts noth­ing hap­pened; the of­fers were turned down and the horse lost form. Set­backs, some dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mances and frus­tra­tion fol­lowed, thus the re­lief was pal­pa­ble when Peace­fuleasyfeelin bounced back to form last month.

That was one test, but last Satur­day’s was big­ger – and he came through it with fly­ing colours. Step­ping up from 1400 me­tres at Ro­torua to 2100 me­tres, Peace­fuleasyfeelin out­classed his Te Rapa ri­vals to score by six lengths and set up a start in the $65,000 Tau­marunui Gold Cup over the same course and dis­tance next month.

‘‘He has al­ways been a good gal­loper but things went wrong and I was be­gin­ning to won­der if we were ever go­ing to get him back,’’ said Glenn af­ter Satur­day’s win.

‘‘The Ro­torua re­sult was some­thing we had been hop­ing for and now to see him fol­low up with this sets him up for some nice races. The Tau­marunui Cup looks the most ob­vi­ous tar­get com­ing up.’’

Peace­fuleasyfeelin is raced by his breeder Ge­orge Dun­can, who was over­seas and missed the Ro­torua win, but was at Te Rapa and wit­ness first-hand ev­i­dence his horse’s resur­gence. The win­ning jockey on both oc­ca­sions has been lo­cal ap­pren­tice Anna Jones, pro­vid­ing fur­ther ev­i­dence of her ma­tu­rity as a rider.

Jones showed ini­tia­tive on Satur­day by tak­ing the horse for­ward, rather than be caught wide when the pace was mud­dling through the mid­dle stages. Her mount did the rest as he pow­ered away im­pres­sively straight.

An­other lo­cal ap­pren­tice, Bren­dan Hut­ton, con­tin­ued his good form with a dou­ble at Te Rapa, in­clud­ing a win for his em­ploy­ers Lance O’Sul­li­van and An­drew Scott on their promis­ing gal­loper Prize Lad.

Hav­ing his first start since De­cem­ber, the son of dual Auck­land Cup win­ner Prize Lady stormed through to win eas­ily and es­tab­lish his cre­den­tials for big­ger tar­gets through to spring.

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Glenn Old has rea­son to be pleased with the long-awaited re­turn to form by Peace­fuleasyfeelin.

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