A Brisbane winter campaign awaits impressive Te Rapa winner Full Count after the promising three-year-old dealt to his older rivals over 2100 metres in the last race on Saturday’s weather affected programme.
Steady rain throughout the day had seen the Te Rapa track downgraded to a Slow 7 by the time of the last race however the Roger James trained Shamardal gelding seemed at ease in the testing footing as he looped the field nearing the home turn and kept up a strong gallop to score convincingly by just under two lengths.
"I thought it was his best effort yet and he really impressed me by the way he stuck to his task all the way down the straight," noted James.
"He handled the tricky conditions nicely and showed he really is a promising stayer in the making.
"We had intended to run him in the New Zealand Derby but he just wasn’t mentally ready for the pressure of a race like that so we backed off him to prepare for a possible Brisbane Winter Carnival tilt.
"After Saturday’s win we will now press ahead with that plan as he looks like he will be able to cope with it now."
Full Count will now head to the Gr. 3 Higgins Manawatu Classic at Awapuni in a fortnight before travelling to Brisbane where he will run in the Gr. 3 Rough Habit Plate on 10 May and Gr. 3 Grand Prix Stakes on 24 May in preparation for the Carnival’s three-year-old feature, the Gr. 1 Queensland Derby on 7 June.
James also reported stable star Silent Achiever was in fine fettle for her upcoming Sydney Carnival campaign which will kick-off with a start in the Gr. 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill this Saturday.
- NZ Racing Desk