Patient Approach By Roger James As Season Begins Quietly

The wild weather of the last few days means supporters of Roger James' Cambridge stable need to take a leaf out of the trainer's book and employ patience.

"What you don't get now you get later if you're patient," James said in reference to his quiet start to the new season.

Noted throughout his outstanding career for his patient approach, the recent weather has forced him to follow his well worn guidelines and wait.

With the first month of the season done and dusted James has produced just one runner and he's not in a mad rush to push any of his team until the time is right.

Blackbird was due to run at Te Awamutu on Wednesday but James withdrew once the rain set in. He has designs on the Group I Livamol Classic with his highest rated horses, The Tidy Express and Delago's Secret, with possibly a Group I Windsor Park Plate run along the way for the latter.

"It depends what happens in the next week," James said. "Delago's Secret is ready to go but it depends on what sort of mileage I can get into him.

"I was intending to run him at Ellerslie this Saturday but the weather has decided against that. I may even trial him at Cambridge next Tuesday."

The five-year-old Encosta De Lago gelding has raced 16 times for five wins, the highlight in the 2400 metre City Of Auckland Cup on New Year's Day while he also weighed-in over staying trips in the Waikato and Counties Cups.

He trialled at Taupo recently and is pleasing his trainer as his preparation heats up. If he has a hit-out at Tuesday's trials he will be joined by a number of stablemates.

"I have 16 or 17 to trial on Tuesday and my spring team will start to take shape."

Quality three-year-olds of last season Avisto, Tavy and Visible are in work and being taken along quietly.

"Again, being that they are four-year-olds, there's no need to pressure them around on unsuitable tracks and we will wait until the weather settles."

Group-placed seven-year-old Volksraad mare The Tidy Express, 16 times in the money from a light 26-start career, is back and ready to go.

"She had a gallop between races at Matamata last week and I've never seen her look so good and she will be another to trial on Tuesday."

The Tidy Express will attempt to justify her Livamol Classic nomination in the next month or so. 

Another quality black-type mare, Miss Foxwood, is back in the stable and progressing well.

The "Derby King" has yet to identify youngsters capable of adding a sixth New Zealand Derby to his tally but with "some big, scopey lovely types" by wonderful sires like Teofilo, Zabeel, O'Reilly, Savabeel, Fastnet Rock, Tavistock and the emerging Shocking and Rip Van Winkle he has some quality to work with.

"It's too soon to say if any are Derby contenders but I have a lot of nice three-year-old horses looking to run a mile quite quickly," he said.

"Some will have to watch the world go by and wait, but I've got a nice team."

Once the weather and tracks improve the James team will be ready to rumble.


Posted: Tue 01 Sep 2015