Hit and run mission planned for promising South Island three-year-old
Promising South Island galloper Signify may be seen next at Te Rapa in a fortnight after he downed a handy field of open handicap sprinters at Riccarton on Saturday.
The three-year-old Perfectly Ready gelding displayed a devastating turn of foot to dispose of his older rivals over the 1000 metre journey of Saturday’s PGG Wrightson sponsored event with trainer Alex Cowan now eyeing a hit and run mission to the Gr. 3 William Inglis Breeders Stakes (1200m) on the 25th of April.
“I had initially thought that his run at Riccarton would be his last for the season as he has been up since October although his races have been well spaced,” noted Cowan.
“What I really wanted on Saturday was to see him given the chance to settle and not over-race as that has cost him on a number of occasions lately.
“I said to Chris (Johnson) that I didn’t care if he ran last but all I wanted him to do was get the horse cover and let him come with one run at them.
“Chris handled him beautifully and hopefully the horse can learn from the experience as I think he could be a pretty handy galloper once he does learn to settle in his races.”
Cowan was pleasantly surprised to find the gelding had taken no harm from Saturday’s efforts when he checked him in his paddock on Sunday morning.
“He was bucking and bouncing around as though he hadn’t had a race so that’s why we have had to think about what to do with him next,” he said.
“While he is thriving we might as well have another go with him. I have had a good look at the calendar and I think the race at Te Rapa will suit him perfectly.”
Signify is the first foal of Stravinsky mare Pica Pica and was bred by Wentwood Grange’s Hawkins family under their Llanhennock Trust banner. The gelding was purchased for $5,500 by Cowan at the 2013 edition of the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale. - NZ Racing Desk