The Sportsman Weekend
PIPPALI ISN’T JUST MAKING UP NUMBERS IN THE PENDANT
JASON Coyle says his Kembla maiden winning mare Pippali is not simply making up the numbers in Saturday’s stellar edition of the Group 2 ATC Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens despite her whopping $201 early quote.
Granted at this point in time, Pippali’s C.V is a long way short of many of her Golden Pendant rivals, Kiwi ace Entriveire included, but Coyle says his mare is entitled to an opportunity to prove herself one way or the other.
“As of the start of the preparation, this is where I targeted her to be third-up,” Jason Coyle said.
“Obviously, I would have liked to have a (another) win under her belt to have her look a little bit nicer under the set weights conditions but she showed last preparation that is at least up to stakes level.
“It’s just a matter of turning the corner and racing some of the more classier mares in this field.
“She was super the Kembla Grange Classic.
“It only takes a stride either way; there wasn’t much of a margin on the line.”
“She was tested in that sort of race and held her own so she gets her opportunity again on Saturday third-up.
“The movement of all the race meetings (in Sydney) probably played against her at Gosford last start. Nothing really panned out for her that day.
“Although we come from a midweek to a Group 2, I thought her run was good enough – with improvement, to test her at this level again.
“She has good a ‘good, honest record’ and we’ll use this as a springboard or come back peg or two.”
Pippali is a granddaughter of 2000 Golden Slipper winner, Polar Success, and races in the same colours as Coyle’s most recent bonny mares, White Moss and Slightly Sweet.