No stable has been more in form this season than that of Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick.
Remarkably, the pair have racked up eight winners from just 19 starters, with a further six placings giving them a stunning UDR of .5614
But, Chris Garlick is the first to admit they have been a bit lucky.
“We have had some really nice horses racing in the lower grades, so that has helped a bit,” said Garlick. “Nevertheless, it has been a great start to the season,” he added.
The Papakura based trainers’ will look to add to their already impressive tallies on Frid ayat Alexandra Park, where they line-up two last winners.
The first of them is Sweet Art. And Garlick is confident she can double the dose.
“She has come up really nice and seems to be a lot stronger this time in,” Garlick enthused.
“She can now carry her speed for a lot longer, and we very happy with her last start win,” he added.
Sweet Art is having her first start out of maiden company, but Garlick is confident she will handle the rise in grade.
“On paper it doesn’t actually look like that much of a step up for her. I expect her to be very hard to beat.”
The second of the Telfer-Garlick representatives is speedy mare Pepper Pots, but Garlick isn’t quite so bullish about her chances.
“She was super first-up, but there are some really nice horses in the field this week like Mister Mara and Bettorbeastar.”
“I’m not counting her out by any means, but she will need a nice trip,” Garlick concluded.
Meanwhile, Garlick confirmed that he was not disappointed with his stable star, Cyamach, in the Spring Cup.
“It was his first start racing against the big boys, and they are just a bit more rough and tough than him at this stage.”
“He really needed to step away quickly and get a nice run to be competitive, so after he swung sideways and missed away it was also going to be too tough.”
Garlick said that the $50,000 Sales Series race at Kaikoura is a definite aim for the talented four-year-old.
“We will just play it by ear and see how he goes in his next start up here, but it is definitely on the agenda.
“There are not too many chances to race for money like that with I horse like him, so we have to snap it up while it is there,”” he added.
Garlick said that if everything goes well, Cyamach well stay on to race in grade races during the New Zealand Cup meeting.
Garlick also told Harnesslink that classy youngster Cilantro has been sold to Australia for “good money”.
“We have also sent a few horses over to New South Wales to race at Menangle, so our numbers are looking a little light at the moment.”
By Mitchell Robertson