Pecan’s own­ers to cel­e­brate in Fes­ti­val

The Sportsman Weekend - - news - SHAYNE O’CASS

A WIN by Pe­cans in to­mor­row’s ATC Fes­ti­val Stakes (1500m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens will only serve to en­hance her ‘buy of the year’ tag.

The daugh­ter of Skilled was part of a Godol­phin sell off of horses at Inglis Oak­lands Junc­tion in Au­gust last year where she was knocked down for $50,000.

It ba­si­cally a home­com­ing for the mare who was soon back at War­wick Farm, this time un­der care of Joe Pride.

Pe­cans has raced nine times in her Tri­colours silks win­ning four of them in­clud­ing two Group 3’s and the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at her first-up out­ing on Novem­ber 8 Hawkes­bury.

Her earn­ings be­fore to­mor­row’s po­ten­tial ad­di­tional $83,000 stand at $366,451. Good buy­ing.

“You could try and do that again 20 times not pull it off. Her own­ers are pretty happy to have se­cured her,” Pride said.

“She’s been an ul­tra-con­sis­tent mare since we took her over and she finds her­self in an­other winnable race. She just seems to find the right race, well we find them for her,” Pride quipped, “but she hasn’t been hard to place be­cause she’s so com­pet­i­tive.

“She is a big strong mare that can carry bit of weight. I am re­ally happy with her.”

Pe­cans kept her ster­ling firstup record in tact a nar­row but au­thor­i­ta­tive win in the Ladies Day Cup beat­ing Burn­ing Pas­sion and sub­se­quent Goul­burn run­ner-up, Fabrizio.

“I like the way she won and to do that first-up at 1400m is a good sign,” said Pride.

“She will only im­prove – his­tory tells us that. She is in ter­rific or­der.”

Sta­ble­mate New Tip­per­ary needs to lift on his five length sixth be­hind Pe­cans at Hawkes­bury but it is worth not­ing his only Rose­hill 1500m run was the clos­est of sec­onds in the Group 2 ATC Ajax Stakes March 2017.

“He was very dis­ap­point­ing the other day, he is bet­ter than that. He is a horse that can’t seem to sus­tain much of a prepa­ra­tion. tends to train off a lit­tle bit but he goes par­tic­u­larly well sec­ond-up and he’s got the sting out of the track which will help him.” Pride said.

“The Rose­hill 1500m is spot on for him. I am happy with the horse so hope­fully he can run a com­pet­i­tive race.”

Pe­cans will be hard to hold out in to­mor­row’s Fes­ti­val Stakes at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

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