Wexford focus on 3YO features
27 February 2015
Andrew Scott and Lance O’Sullivan are well-served in the three-year-old department and they will chase feature age group titles at both North Island venues on Saturday.
The Wexford Stables duo have their Gr.1 TV3 New Zealand Derby hopes pinned on Sound Proposition while the last-start winners Mary Quant and Suffire give them a strong hand in the Gr.3 Little Avondale Lowland Stakes at Hastings.
Sound Proposition broke his maiden three runs back before he defeated the subsequent stakes performer Arrow In The Sand and he then finished solidly for sixth from a wide gate in the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas.
“There’s no doubt he’s a chance and we would have liked to have drawn a bit better, but you have to play the hand you’re dealt,” Scott said.
“He’s in good condition and he runs his races out well. Two starts back on Karaka Million night he put in a sustained run and last time he hit the line well once he was into the clear.
“I don’t think the distance will be any problem and Danielle (Johnson) is in great form.”
The stable has Gr.1 Wellfield New Zealand Oaks ambitions for Mary Quant and Suffire and tidy performances at Hastings will confirm their participation at Trentham on March 14.
“It’s hard to split them, they are both in good form and condition,” Scott said. “It’s another step up for them both, but they deserve a crack and hopefully then on to Wellington.
“Mary Quant is obviously bred to stay being a daughter of Legs and everything she has done indicates she wants 2000 metres and beyond.
“Suffire is by a son of Zabeel and her last two wins also suggest she is going to run a trip.” – NZ Racing Desk.