Smart filly’s Trentham victory forces rethink
Just A Lover’s current run of form is giving her connections good reasons to consider a change of plans for the talented three-year-old.
Trainers Evan and JJ Rayner were thinking of giving the Perfectly Ready filly a break, but a strong win in the Savaria Cup in testing conditions at Trentham on Saturday has them considering a trip to the other end of the island.
“We were going to turn her out, but after winning like she has we may look at that Cambridge meeting and the three-year-old mile there,” Evan Rayner said. “The owners are all from the Auckland area as well.”Just A Lover has won four of her 12 starts for the Wanganui father and daughter combination, who are now thinking of pressing on toward Te Rapa on April 25.
A half-sister to the former Rayner-trained winner Loose Lover, Just A Lover’s victory also served to boost the spirits of her owner David Duncan, of Hunterville.
“Unfortunately, he’s in hospital at the moment so it’s a nice win for him,” Rayner said. “David bred the filly and when I was breaking her in for him he asked if we knew of anybody who might want to lease her and we’ve gone from there.”
Just A Lover bounced to the front on Saturday under Johnathon Parkes and she ran the mile out strongly to see off the challenge of the favourite Sealed By A Dance by a long head.
“She races best when she can roll along,” Rayner said “I wasn’t sure how she would handle that track, but it was the first race and had it been later in the day we might not have run her.
“She’s a good filly and we had her in the Oaks, but she had some back issues and a touch of grass staggers so we had to back off.” – NZ Racing Desk.