Three winning for stable chances at Gunnedah
Absolutelystunning, one of three good chances for trainer Grant Allard at Gunnedah on Monday, has returned from a recent spell a different mare.
The four-year-old tackles the Aston Coal Resources Benchmark 50 Hcp (1400m).
The penny has finally clicked for the daughter of Footstepsinthesand, Allard suggested.
“Physically, she’s always been there but she had to grow up mentally,” he said. “Now she’s switched on, bright and keen on the track.
“She goes out there and knows what to do, what the job’s all about being a racehorse. Now, she just does it.”
Following a 184-day break, Absolutelystunning showed the benefits of natural maturity during an 800m trial at Newcastle on April 13, easily accounting for well performed Magic Phoebe.
The mare carried that form into raceday, scoring a dominant 1-¼ lengths win in a 1400m maiden first up at Mudgee on May 1.
“She won with great authority,” Allard, the former strapper of champion Lonhro suggested. “I kept her a bit underdone for that with a view to having a decent preparation. She’s trimmed up nicely since. Her work’s been great.”
Not having started for 50-days since her maiden win hasn’t phased Allard.
“The wet tracks haven’t helped, I just gave her a bit of time, didn’t want to bust her,” he said. “Don’t worry she’s continued to tick over well.”
First starter, Reset filly Jelly, part-owned by Maurie Macleod, who raced group one winner Pins, debuts in the Lion Nathan Breweries 2Yo Maiden (1000m).
In her second trial, the filly won over 900m at Gosford on June 10.
“She’s grown into a lovely filly,” Allard said. “While the trip might be a bit short, I’d prefer 1200 metres, on what she’s shown she should be very competitive.
“I’ve been pleased with what she’s done.”
Allard’s apprentice Jake Hull will partner the Gosford trainer’absols trio including Shrewd Princess in the Clubhouse Hotel Gunnedah Benchmark 50 Hcp (2050m).
The six-year-old mare, having her first run for Allard, scored over 1350m at Cessnock on April 2 then was placed over 1600m and 1550m at Quirindi and Cessnock respectively.
“Last start she was held up and got out when it was too late,” Allard said. “It’s her first time over 2000 metres but if she gets the trip, she will run a bold race.”