It’s a long way from a maiden win at a midweek Matamata meeting to chasing black-type in Australia, but Roger James believes his promising filly Katie’s Cove is up to the challenge.
Katie’s Cove broke through for her first win in the Marks Ewen & Associates – Past Present and Future 1200 yesterday and did it in the style of a filly with a bright future.
Rider Leith Innes settled her in the last few and made a move with 700 metres to run when improving her wide. She quickly ranged up to the leaders on the home turn and after a few flicks with the whip by Innes she raced away to score by three lengths from Vibrant Moss.
“She’s good all right,” was Innes’ comment when weighing-in after the race. “She did it easily.”
Katie’s Cove was having her fourth start and has been unlucky not to win sooner. After a debut third at Te Aroha last October, she was fourth at Te Rapa then a very unlucky second behind the talented Dresden Park at Ellerslie on November 30.
“I took Katie’s Cove and Lady Cumquat to Ellerslie that day,” recalled trainer Roger James. “I thought they were class acts and would win, but Lady Cumquat got under the front of the barrier and was injured and Katie’s Cove suffered interference and ended up with a hairline fracture of the cannon bone.
“I lost them both in one day so it’s been great to see them come back and win.”
Lady Cumquat registered her second win when taking the Gr. 3 Higgins Manawatu Classic at Awapuni last Saturday and is bound for Sydney and a tilt at the Gr. 2 Adrian Knox Stakes, which James won with her half-sister Full Of Spirit. And there’s a strong chance Katie’s Cove could also be on an Australian flight.
“She’s by Zabeel, but I don’t know if she’s an Oaks’ type,” said James. “She’s certainly got class and I’m considering some three-year-old races in Australia for her. The only problem is she will be pushing to have enough money to get in.
“Whether I take her to Sydney for a run-of-the-mill race to try and get a bit more money before going to Brisbane with her, I’ll just have to see. It’s an option.”
James wasn’t at Matamata yesterday. Instead he was in Sydney keeping a watchful eye over Silent Achiever, who will be chasing a hat trick of Group One wins in the BMW at Rosehill on Saturday.
James is pleased with Silent Achiever’s progress since her Ranvet Stakes win. “Nash (Rawiller) did a bit of three-quarter pace on her this morning and he said she felt great,” said James. “He was pretty happy with the way she worked on Tuesday, too.”
- Cambridge JC