Foxton trainer Chrissy Bambry isn’t too worried about the prospect of an improved track for Darci Brahma gelding Spring Tide for the second leg of the Hastings weight-for-age triple crown.
Spring Tide made a huge impression in the first leg, the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m), beating all but Callsign Mav after mounting a strong run from midfield.
That effort came on a Slow8 track, which has been Spring Tide’s preferred going to date. All six of his victories have been on slow or heavy ground, while he is yet to finish in the first three on better ground.
The Hastings track was rated a Dead 6 on Wednesday morning ahead of Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), and though some rain is forecast, it’s looking likely the going will be better than for the Tarzino.
However, Spring Tide is clearly an improved horse this year and Bambry believes better going may suit him better.
“As the track gets firmer he can make use of his sprint a little more,” she said.
“Certainly this time of his preparation you can get away with a run or two on better ground.”
It will also be Spring Tide’s first run past 1400m but Bambry said she’d be surprised if he failed to get the extra 200m.
“He’s obviously never run a mile, but given his way of racing and the way he settles he should get a mile no worries.”
Spring Tide has been a great bargain buy for owner Wayne Ross, who paid $5,000 for him on gavelhouse.com last year after three unplaced runs for the Clayton Chipperfield stable.
-NZ Racing Desk