Our highly talented but highly strung trotter Fend Off promises to send his trainer Simone Walker around the twist as she battles to get him to put his best foot forward.
The son of european stallion Yield Boko resumed from an injury enforced layoff with an inglroious display at Cranbourne on Sunday 4th October before he disappointed when running last at the subsequent Cranbourne meeting on Sunday 18th October.
Naked Ambition returned to the racetrack with a vengeance in early September running a slashing second to smart 3yo gelding Andover Son at Melton.
The filly returned to harness racing's headquarters on 18th September and duly saluted in open age company in a sign of promising things to come.
Naked Ambition's chances in the Aldebaran Park Starlet at Cranbourne on 4th October were effectively scuttled when she drew outside barrier and drifted back to the tail of the field on settling. A quick tempo over the last half mile and a couple of checks in running left Naked Ambitio bereft of any winning chance in what was her last run before the Victorian Trotters Oaks.
Unfortunately Naked Ambition's lack of any real gate speed again proved an issue in the Oaks and despite having drawn the pole, the filly settled in the second half of the field. Nonetheless, Star produced a run which was lengths below her best and trainer Dylan Stratford' was understandably disappointed with the outcome in what was her biggest test to date.
The filly was found to be a bit stiff and sore through the back after her run albeit she was otherwise ok.
She will now heve her next run in a T52-61 mobile trot at Geelong on Friday 30th October enroute to the following juvenile features in the coming months:
12 Nov Maryborough $10,000 Breeders Crown Heats
21 Nov Melton $80,000 Breeders Crown Final
21 Dec Maryborough $10,000 Vicbred Super Series Heats
31 Dec Melton $100,000 Vicbred Super Series Final
Tess continues to work up since returning to the stables and has reached the fast work stage of her preparation.
Trainer Scott Ewen is tinkering with a couple of gear changes and shoeing alterations at the moment.
Not ready to trial just yet. Hopefully not too far off.
Prince has gone for a spring spell after a number of unplaced efforts in 2yo company through August and Seoptember.
The gelding will start jogging up in early December ahead of a return to full training with Scott Ewen in early January.
Pattie returned to trainer Dylan Stratford's stables on 17th June and was working up nicley towards heats of the $50,000 Vicbred Platinum Series before succumbing to a respitory infection.
The filly has since made a good recovery and impressed in a mobile barrier education workout at Melton on Tuesday 20th October.
Pattie will return to the trials at Melton on Monday 26th October with a view to qualifying from the mobile.
Trainer Dylan Stratford is hoping to have Aldebaran My step out at the races in mid November and may even have a tilt at the Breeders Crown heats on 12th November if she shows that she is sufficiently forward at the trials.
Lola has had a change of scenery in recent weeks with the 2yo daughter of Andover Sun and Broadacrossthebeam joing the Bacchus Marsh stables of Jess Tubbs and husband Greg Sugars.
This move was made at the suggestion of trainer Scott Ewen who identified that the filly was making minimal progress and had become decidedly sour in her current environment.
Greg Sugars reports that Lola has settled in well to her new digs and both he and Jess are upbeat about the progress she has made since joing their team.
Fizz really is a work in progress. This girl has been slow on the uptake and her trainer remains hopeful rather than confident that she will show the necessary improvement this time in to make the trials.
The Club 21 directors, in concert with Scotty Ewen, will consider her future in the team at the end of this preparation.