IM­PRES­SIVE TRIAL HAS TRAIN­ERS CON­FI­DENT PUNK CAN SPRINT

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

PRETTY Punk, the reign­ing Ho­bart Cup win­ner and last start Ade­laide Cup run­ner, may find the 1200m of to­mor­row’s Group 3 SAJC Spring Stakes a tad to short but a re­cent out­stand­ing trial at Gawler guar­an­tees a bold bid the top of her po­ten­tially long and am­bi­tious cam­paign.

The Leon Macdon­ald/Andrew Gluyas-trained mare has won over $450,000 with stakes wins in the Hill Smith and Ho­bart Cup with her six wins rang­ing from 1400m to 2500m.

She is yet to place in four first-up runs but her re­cent third in a Gawler 1200m heat on Au­gust 10 has ready to po­ten­tially am­bush a few of her more fleet-footed ri­vals in to­mor­row’s fea­ture.

“It’s hard to say that she would have a chance in a 1200m race, although stay­ing horses can sprint well fresh. I couldn’t be hap­pier with her,” Macdon­ald said.

“Her trial was ex­cel­lent and she has per­formed over shorter dis­tances be­fore.

“She is just a lit­tle won­der re­ally, there is noth­ing of her – she’s not very tall, not very big she just a nat­u­ral lit­tle race­horse.”

Pretty Punk is daugh­ter of Macdon­ald’s for­mer star three­year-old Rebel Raider who fa­mously won the VRC Derby at $101, adding SAJC

(by 4-len) be­fore end of the 2008/9 sea­son.

“She could go to the Balaklava Cup (on Septem­ber 12) and then I would like to tar­get mares be­tween 2000m and 2400m end­ing up with the Ma­tri­arch,” Macdon­ald said.

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