Pheasants Nest trainer Darren Hancock has seen a turnover in his stable recently and while the Inter Dominion trainer admits it is all part of the sport he is disappointed to see two of his favourites leave. Left Loaded injured a suspensory ligament and was forced into an early retirement while talented mare Angel Gabrielle headed off to the breeding barn.
“There has been a bit of change in my team lately but it is what it is, there needs to be some new horses in the stable and I am pretty happy with a few of the new ones,” Hancock said.
“Owners recently purchased Majorlicious off Junee trainer Steve Harris and he has done a good job since he has been with me and I’m planning on giving him a couple of weeks between runs now.”
Hancock purchased Majorlicious after driving him in a Menangle trial and believes he has a bright future.
“He’s a very big horse but he has speed which is an important factor on the bigger tracks, he is still very green and he is learning what the racing caper is all about but once it all sinks in I think he will be even better.”
“The horse had won a few around the bush for Steve and had done a good job before he arrived but I guess it is a different level here in town, he has a really nice attitude and while I’m not saying he is going to be any superstar he is definitely going to graduate to metropolitan company pretty comfortably.”
With two talented four year olds nearing a racetrack return Hancock is expecting a big season from them both.
“I had a couple of nice three year olds last season that did what they had to and I think they will be even better this time in, both Threo and Ive Gottalife have got some ability and I am also training Kiwi Ideal’s brother and he is a lovely horse so there are a few in the stable that I am excited about.”
“Vansumic has been racing really well for the stable and she is going to race on which I’m looking forward to.”
Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales