QUEENSLAND UPDATE FROM JACK TURNBULL

May 25, 2012

The sun has continued to shine at the Gold coast, which has been an added bonus to the general wellbeing and health of our team of horses situated here. At this point in time we have Varenna Miss, Johanna’s Own, Amalgamate and the newly arrival of Messner.
Unfortunately in regards to Amalgamate she suffered a serious eye injury in her most recent race at Ipswich on Friday the 18th of May. She still managed to claim 4th position after a terrible run in transit where conditions didn’t suit what so ever. Amalgamate will probably seek the paddock in the coming days after a convincing preparation, where she managed to break her maiden status with quite a bit of authority at Ballarat on the 22nd of March. She has endured a trip to Adelaide as well where she raced in the AURARIA G3 and has continued her career at the Gold Coast not disgracing herself.
Johanna’s Own kicked off her Queensland campaign in tremendous fashion blitzing her rivals at the Sunshine Coast by a convincing 2.8L on the 9th of May. Her next run came at the Gold Coast on Wednesday the 23rd of May where ran into 4th position. Johanna’s own ran as honest as she could have given the moderate tempo and the firmer then preferred track conditions she encountered. She now will embark on a trip to the paddock for a bit of RNR.
Messner arrived from Sydney this morning (24/05/12) with no hiccups; he had a nice walk and a roll at the track and was straight to his hay and water, before I gave him his feed. He doesn’t seem to be affected by the long trip in terms of fatigue or sickness as yet which is a convincing sign. No doubt he will lick his feed bin tonight as he did this morning to his breakfast.
Nevertheless, Varenna Miss ran a very admirable 4th in BTC cup at Doomben on the 12th of May, which ended up being a very speedy run race- Sea Siren running 1.08:10. She pulled up very well and wasn’t affected by the race in her condition or her wellbeing.
Since then she has had a very quite 12 days going to the beach at Gold Coast wading and splashing in the sea water, also utilising the facility of John Wallace’s Treadmill. Fortunately we meet the likes of Sea Siren in the weights if she does make the Stradbroke field, also with the added 200M in the Stradbroke it has us situated in a very good position.
At this point Varenna Miss will work on the course proper Saturday Morning at Gold Coast, with a further hit out possible during races at Doomben on the following Wednesday.

All going well in the lead up to her next run; Varenna Miss will be going in fit, very healthy and ready to win.

Jack Turnbull.