Day At The Track

Soho Angel at her best

10:27 AM 06 Apr 2017 NZST
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Soho Angel
Soho Angel

Oldbury harness racing trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice is breathing a sigh of relief with his Bettor's Delight filly Soho Angel showing all the signs of returning to her best form.

She has a losing sequence of six, after winning at five of her previous ten starts, which also included two seconds and two thirds.

Soho Angel is nicely drawn at barrier two on the front line in the $18,000 Sky Harness WA Oaks Prelude over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Prentice has high hopes that she will bounce back to top form.

“Her past couple of starts had me a little bit wondering,” Prentice admitted. “But I have run a blood count and we’ve had a bug go through the stable which knocked a few of the horses around.

“However, Soho Angel is eating better than ever now and her work on Saturday was the best it has been since she has been here (from Victoria). So, I expect her to go very well this week. From barrier two, I’ll be coming out, trying to lead. Whether we can, I’m not quite sure. But she has got good gate speed and we’ll be using it.”

Soho Angel has worked hard in the breeze at her past two outings --- for a third to Im Stylish at Bunbury and a fourth behind Im Stylish and Allamerican Queen at Gloucester Park last Friday week.

Im Stylish, trained by Justin Prentice, will start from barrier two on the back line with Tom Buchanan in the sulky. She looms as a major player in a field of smart three-year-old fillies, which includes She Could Be Good, Lady Luca, Red Hot Roxy, Sarah Goody and Susies Desire.

Ryan Warwick will drive She Could Be Good for trainers Greg and Skye Bond and he gives the filly a solid each-way chance. She Could be Good, a winner of two races in New Zealand earlier this season, made a winning Australian debut when Warwick drove her to victory at Northam on Thursday of last week. She showed good ability to overcome breaking in running and racing out wide.

“She then felt sharp in a trial at Byford on Sunday (when she finished strongly to win from Kerrin Joseph),” Warwick said. “She didn’t feel quite like that at Northam. She’s an honest little filly with gate speed and good high speed.”

Ken Casellas

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