Harness racing trainers' Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick have never had a horse line up in a Breeders Crown Final before, but they won’t be too perturbed if Cyamach doesn’t make the trip across the Tasman next month.
“It all depends how he comes through his next race at Alexandra Park on July 25, but after Friday’s race we couldn’t be happier with him,’’ Telfer said.
“We will make a decision on the Breeders Crown then.
“If we do decide to go he will race over there (Victoria) on August 17 and 24.’’
Cyamach was an impressive winner of last Friday’s fifth event at Alexandra Park – the $14,999 Prudentia Law Mobile for the C2 to C5 pacers. Scott Phelan rushed the recent Winter Cup winner to the lead from barrier five soon after the start of Friday’s 2200m mobile.
From there they dictated all the pace to easily win in wet conditions by 2-1/4 lengths in 2:44 even.
Central Districts visitor Te Kawau (Todd Mitchell) was an impressive first-up second after sitting outside of Cyamach for the last lap.
Cyamach paced a creditable 1:59.9 mile rate in the wet and windy conditions. He sped his last 800m and 400m in 56.6 and 27 seconds.
It was his ninth win in 36 starts.
His bank balance stands at $154,926.
Someone knew Cyamach would win.
NZ harness racing bookmaker, Steve Richardson said he received a $5,000 win bet on Friday afternoon on Cyamach at $2.60. That was his also closing price.
Telfer is really starting to warm to the exploits of talented 4-year-old.
“He’s going really well at the moment. He’s really started to strengthen up and mature lately. He’s a nice horse who has always had speed. But now that he’s strengthened up he’s turned the corner again.
“He’s the best we have got.’’
The former Australian, who came to New Zealand from rural New South Wales in 1995, said he was really enjoying his work at present.
“We have a nice team, great staff, and a very nice place to work.
“Chris is great to work with and Scotty (Phelan) is doing a brilliant job in the sulky,” the 43-year-old horseman said.
“I can’t forget my sister Amanda (Tidswell) too. It’s a team effort,” he added.
While a Breeders Crown trip would be a real highlight, Telfer said the desire to remain in NZ and focus on some our big races was huge.
“It would be nice to win a Breeders Crown but to be honest I’d prefer to win a big Group One race here.
“If Cyamach does go then he’s going to have to step up to the next level. Even though there will be some nice 4-year-olds missing good ones like Lennytheshark and Chilli Palmer will be there.
“He will either go to Australia or be spelled after his next race,” Telfer said.
He said he was quite happy to target the Group One 4&5-year-old races like the Taylor Mile and NZ Messenger with Cyamach next season.
Looking to the future Telfer said to watch out for a Grinfromeartoear-Spicey colt named Ashton K.
“He’s a rising 3-year-old who has been up for a while now. He trialled real nice as a 2-year-old and we have all got a lot of time for him.’’
By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)