Caulfield rain a blessing for Reilmartini

Reilmartini (yellow and red colours)

Trainer Darren Weir was happy to see the heavy showers rain down on Caulfield and soften the track for O’Reilly gelding Reilmartini.

Starting the day in the good range, rain began falling before the meeting while a heavy downpour before race two pushed the track into the soft range, ideal ground for Reilmartini by the time Saturday’s Walk For Phil Handicap was run.

Weir explained the three-year-old feels his knees and isn’t suited by firm tracks.

Registering his third win from four starts, Weir described Reilmartini as an ideal winter horse.

With jockey Daniel Moor taking advantage of barrier one, Reilmartini ($7) scored a half-length win from William Thomas ($6) with Moet Rose ($21) 1-1/4 lengths away third.

Weir said training Reilmartini from his beachside base at Warrnambool was ideal for Reilmartini.

“If he was working on the synthetic track or galloping on the sand all the time he just wouldn’t stand up,” Weir said.

“But having him trained down at the beach, doing different work, it takes pressure off his knees.”

Reilmartini is owned in Hong Kong by Peter Law who Weir said supplies him with as many as eight horses a year to train.

“If they’re any good they’ll end up in Hong Kong, which is fine,” Weir said.

“But with this bloke his knees wouldn’t have passed the vet examination.” – News from AAP

Recent News
22 July 2019

Notable double for Rock ‘n’ Pop

Rock ‘n’ Pop continues to be a steady source of success for breeders and a trans-Tasman weekend double emphasised that. The Waikato Stud stallion enjoyed domestic success at New Plymouth on Saturday and in Queensland. …

Read More
19 July 2019

Mark’s Mail – 19 July, 2019

As we approach the end of July, it’s becoming increasingly evident that winter has really set in. We are enjoying a very mild winter here in Matamata this year and the farm is looking sensational …

Read More