Thexton to aim for quality not quantity
Gold Coast trainer Maryann Thexton is having one of her best ever winter carnivals and is hopeful her luck will continue with promising three-year-old Chilled at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.
Facts and figures have prompted Thexton to concentrate on quality not quantity with her stable in the future after winning more than $300,000 in prizemoney during the winter carnival.
“I’ve won more than $300,000 this winter with three stakeswinners, a second, a third and a couple of minor cheques,” she said.
“I’ve worked it out that to win the same amount of prizemoney at the Gold Coast I’d have to win 38 races.
“That’s why I’ve made up my mind to focus on quality horses from now on, not quantity.”
Thexton has more than 40 horses on her books and now plans to cull her team to around 15 in work.
“I went to all our spelling farms yesterday and looked at all my horses and I’ve started recommending some of them go to north Queensland,” she said.
Thexton, who started training at Hawkesbury in NSW, has been training on the Gold Coast for the past eight years.
Her best wins during the winter were with Za Magic in the Group Three Doomben Classic (1615m) and Listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) at Caloundra while My First Affair started the ball rolling with her victory in the Listed Bright Shadow (1200m) at Eagle Farm in April.
While Thexton is looking to reduce her team, Chilled will not be among those to be banished north.
Chilled will be ridden by comeback jockey Stathi Katsidis in the Corporate Super Planners Handicap (1200m).
The son of Redoute’s Choice will be having his first start since being gelded following his last-start failure to Tempest Tost in the Magic Millions Trophy (1400m) at the Gold Coast in January.
“I think Chilled has got a bright future but we decided to geld him after he ran last in the Magic Millions,” Thexton said.
“He’s been his own worst enemy and was difficult to manage as a colt.
“He’s pretty good to work on the tracks but he’s been more concerned with the girls in his races.”
Thexton sent Chilled to Melbourne to campaign last spring but brought him back home after only one start when sixth against his own age at Caulfield on October 15.
“He was beaten just over two lengths and the form out of the race has stood up since,” she said.
“It wasn’t that bad a run. Orca ran second in that race and a couple of others that ran in it have gone on.”
Thexton has given Chilled two barrier trials to prepare for his comeback and hasn’t ruled out another trip to Melbourne in the spring.
“Melbourne is not off the agenda but he’ll have to prove himself quickly,” she said.
“But there’s a lot of nice races for him at home if he steps up to the plate and I might freshen him up for the Doomben Summer series in December after he has a couple of runs.”