Young Trainer Coyle'd for Melbourne success
Patinack Farm trainer Jason Coyle will saddle up his first Melbourne runner when Subtle Cove runs in Saturday’s Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Coyle, 31, is in charge of the NSW arm of Nathan Tinkler’s huge operation at Warwick Farm and he must have a soft spot for the Mull Of Kintyre mare who gave him his first Saturday metropolitan winner at Rosehill in late December two days after taking up his current role.
He had previously trained midweek winners in Sydney when he was based at Newcastle with a team of 20 horses.
But since moving to Warwick Farm he has won in town with Subtle Cove (twice) and with smart two-year-old filly Marquardt.
Patinack Farm landed its first Group success in this race last year with Laura’s Charm, prepared by Patrick Payne.
Subtle Cove goes into the Group Two mares feature (1600m) as a last-start winner over 1550m at Canterbury on January 29.
"She’s a consistent mare, she’s one of those that whatever you put her in she’s going to give 110 per cent and that’s all you can ask for," Coyle said.
"We thought she would get over further and her acid test was in the Underwood Cup at Rosehill."
However when she ran last to Tommifrancs in that 2000m Listed race on January 17 it was decided to drop her back in distance.
"We tended to think she didn’t get the trip, so we dropped her back and she duly saluted at Canterbury," Coyle said.
"After that it looked a viable option to take her down to Melbourne.
"She’s definitely well placed I think as far as she’s a consistent mare.
"They look to be an even bunch and she gets the chance to earn some black type."
Coyle said her performance would determine whether she would be coming back for more races over the Melbourne Festival of Racing.
"We’ll see how she comes through. This is her eighth run in. She’s doing it really well but Saturday’s run will tell us where we go from there," he said.
Champion jockey Damien Oliver takes the mount on the four-year-old who drew nicely in barrier four in the nine-horse field on Saturday.
Subtle Cove and Partiva are at $7 in TAB Sportsbet’s fixed odds market behind last-start Sandown winner Fifth Avenue Lady ($3.80 fav), the Payne-trained Princess Marizza ($4.20) and Warrnambool mare Youthful High ($5.50).
By Mark Ryan