Jun 08, 2017
Triple Crown’s Secret Trail put in a superior performance to recover from a blundered start and take out the $40,000 Bowermans Officer Furniture BenchMark 72 Handicap (1100m) at Canterbury Park on June 7.
Heywood, who outrode his 3 kilogram city claim while clocking his 20th metro winner, settled the speedy Denham mare last following her early stumble and calmly picked through the field on the heavy 10 track. The cool-headed hoop hooked Secret Trail out off the fence and through a gap at the 250 metre mark and worked home for an emphatic length victory over Hot Hit.
“It was a good result today. I wouldn’t suggest she particularly relished the wet track but her class got her through and it was a very good ride. Nick didn’t panic when she missed the start” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.
“She’s going well and hopefully we can get her on some better ground.”
It was the second time Heywood saluted on the classy four-year-old (at the same track on November 11) lifting her prizemoney to over $215,000 for connections.
“She’s just come out a little slow today. She got through it and got the job done but when we see her back on top of the surface you’ll see a lot better again.”
Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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