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