Wednesday, 20 June 2012
: Trainer Gordon Yorke believes it's time for everything to fall into place for Lord Bryn on his home track at Coffs Harbour on Thursday.Lord Bryn
is backing up for his second ruin of the week and is stepping up to 1215m after the son of Fusaichi Pegasus has run home strongly at his past two starts since resuming from a 146-day spell.
“He's been looking for more ground. Stepping up to 1200 metres should be ideal,” Yorke said.
Lord Bryn, runner-up in his two starts since resuming, tackles the Hydro Digger Coffs Harbour Class 1 Hcp.
The three-year-old colt resumed with a 3.5 lengths second to Heavens Own over 1100m at the Gold Coast on June 2 then again made up plenty of ground late when beaten a half-length by Cyclone Cass over 1012m at Port Macquarie last Sunday.
“Coming back from 1100m to the 1000 wasn't ideal but there was nothing else about for him," Yorke said.
“He's a horse looking for ground. Next preparation he'll be an even better horse.
“He's still maturing but he BOBS qualified and a three-year-old. You've got to push them a bit.”
Lord Bryn has recorded one win and three placing's from 12 starts.
Yorke has been happy with the colt's progress since his Port Macquarie run last Sunday.
“He's produced two good strong runs and gets his chance at home," Yorke said.
“The colt puts in every time and it looks a nice race for him.”
Lord Bryn's past two runs have been on heavy tracks, conditions he will strike again on Thursday.
AT QUIRINDI on Thursday Taree trainer Ross Stitt hopes his in-form runner Stratabal
can overcome the outside barrier 13 in the Past Secretaries Class 2 Hcp (1450m), something he has become accustomed to.
Apart from two starts back on his home track at Taree, Stratabal has had to overcome wide gates since resuming from a 40-day break.
Last start the $40,000 New Zealand yearling purchase overcame barrier 12 to record a well-deserved win over 1450m at Kempsey on June 6 when he came five wide on the turn and did best late to win by a long neck.
Previously, the gelding was unlucky when beaten a nose over 1400m at Taree on May 27.
“He steps up in grade tomorrow but he's gone on good since his last effort,” Stitt said. “There's no doubt he was a bit stiff not to win at Taree.
“He's a horse where the penny finally appears to have dropped.
“He's racing well at the moment.”
Stratabal has recorded two wins and six placing's from just 15 starts earning $23,500.
Stitt's training methods with the gelding encompasses a lot of swimming as Stratabal suffers from a slightly deformed knee.
“He's got some issues. The knee is not quite properly formed and I don't do a lot of work on the track with him," Stitt said.
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