At The Track: Star three-year-old First Seal to take it to a new level in the spring   Leave a comment

At The Track: Star three-year-old First Seal to take it to a new level in the spring

At her past two preparations, Thompson has stretched the daughter of Fastnet Rockout to 2000m courteous of her runs in last year’s Spring Champion Stakes as well as the Vinery Stud Stakes this autumn.

John Thompson says First Seal’s spring campaign will be guided by the weather as he’s ide

John Thompson says First Seal’s spring campaign will be guided by the weather as he’s identified one chink in her armour. Source: Supplied

GROUP 1-winning filly First Seal will break the ice and gallop for the first time since arriving back at John Thompson’s yard this weekend ahead of her upcoming spring carnival that will be weather dependent.

First Seal didn’t quite reach the dizzy heights in the autumn most punters thought she was destined for, after her phenomenal win in the Group 2 Surround Stakes when the filly sat at the tail of the field before storming home.

“I don’t think that will be happening again this campaign,” Thompson said.

“I think races like the Epsom Handicap and George Main Stakes both run over 1600m at Randwick look perfect for her.

“She won her lone Group 1 (Flight Stakes) at this track over this distance and I think they are the conditions under which she thrives.”

First Seal has been back in Thompson’s stable for a few weeks with trot and canters making up her workload. “It’s time to give her a gallop and see where she’s at,” he said.

Thompson says First Seal’s spring campaign will be guided by the weather as he’s identified one chink in her armour.

“She can handle the wet but it’s much better if she runs on top of the ground,” he said.

“Horses like her with a turn of foot lose their advantage in the wet.

“Those fillies and mares’ races in Melbourne like the Trsitarc Stakes and Myer Classic would both be lovely targets for her.”

John Thompson says the Epsom Handicap and George Main Stakes both run over 1600m at Randw

John Thompson says the Epsom Handicap and George Main Stakes both run over 1600m at Randwick look perfect for First Seal. Source: News Corp Australia

Kenso fails first test

THE Kenso got its first workout for a while on Tuesday when gallops were conducted on the track.

Randwick track manager Navesh Rhamdhani says it didn’t really pass its first test.

“The horses got into the ground more than we would’ve liked,” he said. “We wanted to test it out to see where its at. It’s not the best time of year to be testing a track out but we’ll push on.”

Society gone wrong

I ASKED Mark Newnham what he thought of Café Society’s run at Rosehill last weekend. The Gai Waterhouse-trained import had his first Aussie start over 1500m but was beaten 11 lengths after being specked in early betting.

“He pulled up like he hadn’t had a run,” he said. “Didn’t blow at all.”

Horses that drop out but show little signs of having a run are often not trying in their races.

“He’ll be wearing the blinkers the next time you see him at the races.”

Duccio catches the eye

BEST of the Tuesday morning was Duccio, who worked over 1400m in 1min35.2sec and is likely to resume over 1500m at Rosehill this weekend.

Originally published as Filly poised to break Seal for spring carnival

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Posted July 1, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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