Staying test awaits emerging Kiwi mare

Trainer Danny O'Brien is looking to test emerging Kiwi mare Thorn Star out in trip following her comfortable victory at Sandown yesterday.

The Sandown 1600m win made it Thorn Star's third over that distance this campaign and her Flemington trainer is keen to see how far in distance she can progress.

"She has been very strong over a mile in her recent starts and now that she has a good grounding we will take her to Moonee Valley on Saturday week and see how she handles the step up to 2040m," O'Brien said, following the victory.

An excellent ride by Craig Williams, who controlled the race by settling her outside the leader, saw the race favourite get home without the jockey having to use of the whip.

"She was very good today and they way she raced, and how strong she was to the line, has me confident that she will get a trip without any issues," Williams said post race.

The Thorn Park-mare arrived with O'Brien in mid-2012 with the aim of seeing if she could make it in Australia for her New Zealand owners which includes Mapperley Stud's Simms Davison.

"She was thwarted by wet tracks in first campaign with us, but now she has had continuity in her racing she is showing that she is tough quality mare who we hope to graduate to stakes grade in the future and over 2000m might be her best chance at achieving black type," O'Brien said.

"We tried her in Group company at Flemington on Newmarket Day and although she finished 9th, she wasn't disgraced as she never had much luck in running.

"She was beaten by just four lengths in that race and she never got a crack at them, whereas yesterday Craig always had her in a winning position and the horse duly saluted."

Yesterday's win was her fifth career victory from 21 starts and that prizemoney cheque took career earnings past $100,000.

Photo by Slickpix, to view Slickpix's website click here

Blinkers open the Jar

Blinkers open the Jar
[20 Jul 18] The addition of blinkers was the catalyst for Jarmanagic to find the killer instinct to break his maiden status at Geelong today.   more...

No sweat for odds on Eira

No sweat for odds on Eira
[08 Jul 18] Jockey Damian Lane gave favourite backers no stress in the 1600m maiden at Pakenham on Sunday as he guided Eira to an easy victory.   more...

Filly chasing home-track hat-trick

Filly chasing home-track hat-trick
[03 Jul 18] Remember The Name looks set to tackle the boys in Saturday's $120,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) at Flemington as connections chase a third-consecutive win with the progressive filly.  more...