IMPRESSIVE TRIAL HAS TRAINERS CONFIDENT PUNK CAN SPRINT
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.