Train­ers jump­ing for joy

The Southland Times - - RACING - NZ Rac­ing Desk.

Cam­bridge train­ers David and Emma-Lee Browne are on track for an Aus­tralian dou­ble.

The hus­band and wife team bagged the first leg on Sun­day when Monarch Chimes fur­thered his jump­ing ca­reer with vic­tory over the big fences at Pak­en­ham and sta­ble­mate Belle du Nord will run in Ade­laide this Satur­day in the Gr.3 Sch­wep­per­ves­cence Stakes (1800m) at Mor­phettville.

The win­ner of three of his four hur­dle starts at home, Monarch Chimes headed to Vic­to­ria af­ter three flat runs and won a steeplechase trial at Cran­bourne be­fore his suc­cess­ful race­day de­but over 3200m in the hands of Richard Cully.

‘‘He was ready to go, although he was a lit­tle bit on the fresh side,’’ Emma-Lee Browne said.

‘‘He’s done re­ally well since he’s been here and he just loves jump­ing. The run will def­i­nitely im­prove him. He’ll go to the Bri­er­ley Steeplechase next on the first day at War­rnam­bool and he’ll have a trial there in be­tween times and that will help him.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously, the Grand An­nual is the big one but we think that might be a year too soon for him. ‘‘It’s a long way (5500m) and 33 jumps might just be a bit too much for him at this stage.’’

Monarch Chimes’ Group Oneper­formed sta­ble­mate Belle du Nord has pro­gressed well since her solid run for fifth from a wide bar­rier in the Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) at Mor­phettville.

‘‘It was a re­ally good ef­fort from a tricky draw, they weren’t mak­ing up much ground on the day so we were very happy with her,’’ Browne said.

‘‘Zac Spain will ride her again, we were pleased with how he rode her the other day, and safely through Satur­day the Oaks is on the radar.’’

Belle du Nord is likely to re­turn home for a break af­ter the Gr.1 Sch­weppes Oaks (2000m) on May 5.

Monarch Chimes has had a steeplechase suc­cess in Aus­traslia.

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