War, sex and Amor Ar­di­ente

Sunday Tribune - - RACING - AN­DREW HAR­RI­SON

IT WAS writ­ten some­where that your first win­ner as a race­horse owner is up there with war and sex. I don’t think ei­ther was on the mind of Lady Colleen Glaeser as she dropped the lead rope like a hot potato af­ter Amor Ar­di­ente en­tered the win­ner’s cir­cle at Scottsville ear­lier this month and not nec­es­sary out of ex­cite­ment. “I’m ter­ri­fied of horses!” she ex­claimed.

Belinda Im­pey’s 25-1 shot was met by a few mut­ter­ings from pun­ters but visit­ing rider Gunter Wro­ge­mann was im­pressed. “He’ll eas­ily get eight to 10 fur­longs,” he sur­mised.

Amor Ar­di­ente cer­tainly en­joyed go­ing around the turn for the first time and Wro­ge­mann will be in the irons again at Scottsville today to back up his claim in the All To Come Hand­i­cap.

Of the bal­ance, Crime Vic­tim, one of 19 How­ells run­ners on the day, has dropped a fur­ther four pounds in the hand­i­cap and now looks com­pet­i­tive. For How­ells it’s one of those days where he could be the toast of the town or head­ing home won­der­ing what went wrong.

He will be a busy man at Scottsville and it will be a sur­prise if he does not make it into the win­ner’s cir­cle at least once in the afternoon.

How­ells holds a strong hand in the Fil­lies and Mares Pin­na­cle Stakes that heads the card with three top class run­ners but was far from bullish about any of them. “They are not well weighted and this is a tough field. I don’t know if I can win it,” he said on Thurs­day morn­ing.

How­ells added that he had given sta­ble rider Keagan de Melo the pick of the rides for owner Dave Maclean and he had de­cided on Nep­tune’s Rain who How­ells thinks has a bright fu­ture.

How­ever, he felt that Dawn Call­ing was the more for­ward of the pair at this stage and al­though look­ing for fur­ther had a strong chance if rac­ing fresh.

That said, How­ells was of the opinion that Lu­nar Rush was the fittest of the three and “has a chance if she’s good enough.” But even with An­ton Mar­cus, An­thony Delpech and De Melo rid­ing for him he was not overly con­fi­dent.

Paul Gadsby’s run­ner Vi­sion To Kill has the ben­e­fit of a 2.5kg claimer aboard in Serino Moodley and comes of a crack­ing last win when fit­ted with a tongue-tie while Ising­amoya is a classy mare who en­joyed just re­wards last time out and Mark Dixon’s run­ner is also in with a win­ning chance.

The first, if any, of How­ells’s win­ners could be Bear Hug in the third. The gelded son of Ideal World was all at sea on de­but, also los­ing a shoe in the process. He showed good im­prove­ment at his sec­ond start where in spite of a tardy start he was run­ning on nicely be­hind the heav­ily backed Silva’s Bul­let.

The step up in trip should be in his favour and he could fin­ish ahead of the con­sis­tent Toltec.

Lezeanne Forbe’s run­ner was re­ported to have been mak­ing a res­pi­ra­tory noise when fad­ing late at his last start but it may also have been that the 1950m was a lit­tle out of his compass af­ter fin­ish­ing close-up in his two pre­vi­ous starts. These two look the prin­ci­pal con­tenders.

How­ells sad­dles Mirwa in the open­ing leg of the Pick 6 along with three other run­ners and he will be look­ing for ma­jor im­prove­ment from the daugh­ter of Fort Wood.

Mirwa was never in the hunt be­hind Silva’s Bul­let but was all over the course. She will pre­fer to­mor­row’s trip and gets the ser­vices of sta­ble rider Keagan de Melo who has picked her ahead of sta­ble com­pan­ions Pharoah’s Tiger, Rip­pling Mu­sic and Roy’s Vogue.

Queen’s Plain made a win­ning de­but for How­ells and can fol­low up in the fifth al­though she is up against some sea­soned hand­i­cap­pers, most no­tably top weight Fly­ing Sil­ver.

Garth Puller’s mare is hardly ever out of the money and was a game sec­ond to Mas­ter Of Mis­chief last time out.

The step up in trip should not be a worry al­though she does have to give the pro­gres­sive Queen’s Plain 8kg which may prove be­yond her.

It was writ­ten some­where that your first win­ner as a race­horse owner is up there with war and sex. I don’t think ei­ther was on the mind of Lady Colleen Glaeser as she dropped the lead rope like a hot potato af­ter Amor Ar­di­ente en­tered the win­ner’s cir­cle at Scottsville ear­lier this month and not nec­es­sary out of ex­cite­ment. “I’m ter­ri­fied of horses!” she ex­claimed.

Belinda Im­pey’s 25-1 shot was met by a few mut­ter­ings from pun­ters but visit­ing rider Gunter Wro­ge­mann was im­pressed. “He’ll eas­ily get eight to 10 fur­longs,” he sur­mised.

Amor Ar­di­ente cer­tainly en­joyed go­ing around the turn for the first time and Wro­ge­mann will be in the irons again to back up his claim in the All To Come Hand­i­cap. Of the bal­ance, Crime Vic­tim, an­other How­ells run­ner, has dropped a fur­ther four pounds in the hand­i­cap and now looks com­pet­i­tive.

The Soc­cer 6 Fil­lies Hand­i­cap is a tough race with plenty in with chances.

How­ells again holds a strong hand with Miziara who was close on sta­ble com­pan­ion Fiorella’s heels when the two met and is bet­ter off at the weights here. With Mar­cus up she’s a big run­ner.

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