Easy On The Eye’s effortless Spring Cup victory at Alexandra Park last Friday night (September 20) even surprised his Franklin trainers Steven Reid and Simon McMullan.
“He’s been working okay but this was his first run back since he won the Winter Cup three months ago. We gave him a month off after that and because he’s such a big horse we thought he might need the run,” McMullan said.
Even driver Peter Ferguson, who was having his first drive back since the Jewels in Ashburton due to a serious thumb injury suffered two years ago, was a bit stunned by the easy of Easy On The Eye’s 14th win.
“He won with plenty in hand. I didn’t even have to ask him to go. He didn’t feel like a horse who was having his first run back after a spell,” said Ferguson.
‘Fergy’ had Easy On Then Eye in front after 200 metres and the 6-year-old son of Christian Cullen never looked like giving away the lead at away any stage of the 2200m stand.
At the finishing line Easy On The Eye had two lengths to spare over stablemate Charge Forward (Simon Lawson), who was having his second run back after a five month spell. Favourite Besotted (Maurice McKendry) was a neck back in third after bobbling away at the start.
Winner’s time: 2:43.6. Mile rate: 1:59.6. Last 800m: 55.4. Last 400m: 27.1.
Easy On The Eye will now head to Christchurch this week to tackle the big guns in the Avon City Ford Cup.
“After that we might tackle the Ashburton Flying Stakes and then possibly the (New Zealand) Cup trial if needed. We would like to start him in the Kaikoura Cup because the distance is ideal for him, but won’t because he’s such a big framed horse who wouldn’t handle the bends too well,” McMullan said.
It was Easy On The Eye’s 14th win in 37 starts. He’s also placed 13 times for just over a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.
Easy On The Eye is owned by Ken and Karen Breckon, G.K. Breckon, T.C. Screen, and M. Ng. He was bred by Doctors M.J. Evans and T.B. Taylor.
Meanwhile, Reid, McMullan, and Ferguson were also victorious on Friday with their six-win pacer Tiago Bromac, who was resuming from a four-month spell.
The 4-year-old McArdle gelding had a length to spare over Bettor Romance and Zac Butcher in the ninth event – the Auckland Reactor@Alabar mobile for 3-5 win pacers.
“He’s like Easy On The Eye a bit. We thought he might need the run too, but he keeps stepping up. We will just keep ticking away with him up here and then concentrate on the big 4-year-old races with him later in the season,” 24-year-old McMullan said.
Tiago Bromac paced the 2200m mobile in 2:46 flat with a 2:01.4 mile rate. His last 800m and 400m sectionals were 57.7 and 27.3.
The Reid-McMullan team had a good night on Friday. As well as Charge Forward's second in the Spring Cup they also placed Jogo Bonito in race one.
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand)