Pecan’s owners to celebrate in Festival
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.