Easy pickings for colt with a mile of talent
I LIKE It Easy may have won a 1200m race at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, but trainer Gerald Ryan said the best is yet to come after the Pierro two-year-old defeated Voila by three-quarters-of-a-length.
"I couldn't believe what price ($13) she was," Ryan said.
"Her run two starts back at Rosehill was very good and the horse that beat her (Graff) went on to win a Stakes race, and last start she was wide the whole way and boxed on well."
The Victoria Oaks might even be a long-term target if she continues to impress.
"She gives me the impression of being an on-pace miler and if you see her in the mounting yard she looks like a 2000m horse and might develop into a staying horse," Ryan said.
"She won't chase them at home, but when she's up outside them or in front she goes quite well."
Jockey Josh Parr got straight off I Like It Easy and told Ryan "she's a deadset miler".
"I have to be honest, she's won a six-furlong race but she moved more like a miler," he said.
"She's got a real casual action. She was able to show speed to sit outside the leader but I was never comfortable but she dug deep and pulled it out."
Meanwhile jockey Kerrin McEvoy said punters will see the best of Toryjoy as she gets over more ground after she won the opening event at Warwick Farm by a narrow margin.
She survived a late charge by debutant Monsieur Sisu to score over 1300m, but McEvoy feels she will be better when she gets out to a trip.
"She'll get out in trip because she was strong through the line," McEvoy said.
"They just rolled nicely and I was happy to get her into a rhythm. She hit a little flat spot at the 600m but lifted and did enough to get her head in front at the right time."
Chris Waller stable representative Charlie Duckworth said it was good to see her put it all together and not pull like she had done in previous races.
"She's a filly that can do a bit wrong and she got no cover throughout the run and they ran some pretty slick times in the middle of the race so full credit to her staying honest right to the line and getting the job done," he said.
"Hopefully she can get through to more exacting company than the maiden grade and life is good for her."
Dream result for Parker
KERRY Parker's Red Dream brought only country winning form to town on Wednesday but you wouldn't have thought it after he belted a field in the staying race over 2400m.
He beat La Courbette by two lengths with ease, but Parker was more worried about the track being too hard than bringing Nowra form to town.
"He loves his racing," Parker said. "He had 12 starts last prep before he won at Canterbury and he's done it again. He pops up here and there and gives you a result.
"We wanted to have some rain for him but the track isn't rock-hard and he's in good form. I know it was only a win at Nowra last start but he's going well."
Brenton Avdulla said he had the race locked up a long way from home despite dropping his whip before the home turn.
"He was pretty casual throughout and I didn't really switch him on until the 600m and I gave him a crack with the stick but couldn't do it again because I dropped it," he said. "Once I set him alight I knew I'd run them down and he just kept going through the line."
Balmain Boy ends drought
IT TOOK nearly three years but Balmain Boy won a race at Warwick Farm for trainer Les Bridge and jockey Tim Clark. The grey defeated Nicochet in a photo finish after coming from off the speed in a performance Bridge joked was "my best training performance".
And he stuck up for his five-year-old who had gone more than 900 days without a win.
"He's always paid for himself," Bridge said. "He's won more than $200,000 in prizemoney and it was a great ride. I was glad to see him win."
Clark also said things were made hard for him after he won a few early and shot up the grades despite being a length or two off the best Saturday horses.
"He had 23 runs without a win and only dropped a handful of (ratings) points and it makes it hard for horses that race through their grades quickly," Clark said. "He was nice and fit and I was happy for him to get the bob in just in time."
Blue army doubles up
GODOLPHIN finished with a double at Warwick Farm, with Revenire and Schubert, both sons of Lonhro, saluting. Darren Beadman said Revenire was one of his favourites after he beat Ever So Natural by 1½ lengths.
"He's a little beauty," Beadman said. "Any horse that can put together the record he has is good."
Josh Parr knew he had to cuddle Schubert for as long as he could in the final race at Warwick Farm. And he did that by having him in the back half of the field with cover the whole way until he got a gap in the straight and powered to the line to defeat stablemate Beacon by a neck.
"If you can be soft on him at the start he finishes it off at the end. We spent no petrol and the last quarter of the race was very strong," Parr said.
Beadman had no doubts about his ability to go to the next level and we can expect to see him in town again but on a different day.
"He's ultra-consistent and the heavens just opened up when they turned for home and the runs popped up at the right time," he said. "There's no reason he can't go to Saturday grade."