The Sportsman Weekend

PIPPALI ISN’T JUST MAKING UP NUMBERS IN THE PENDANT

- SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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