May 03, 2012

Since my previous article we have packed up at Rosehill and moved north to the sunny Gold Coast racetrack.

After I went home for 4 days Jake Noonan and Myself drove up on Sunday, staying at my dad’s in Newcastle Sunday night and arriving at Gold Coast Monday afternoon. Jake Noonan will ride out from here for the next few months riding all three stable horses and for local trainers situated on track.

Once again Varenna Miss travelled with no issues what so ever from the 10 hour drive and arrived jumping out of her skin literally. She enjoyed a quite few days and by the end of it had me working hard just to hold on to her in her walks in the afternoon, jumping around and squealing.
Unfortunately we have had a few heavy downpours since coming up, resulting in the training tracks and surrounding areas inundated with water, but after these next few days the weather is set to improve. Varenna Miss has had two stable mates travel up since her arrival being Amalgamate and Johanna’s Own both hopefully aiming for an Oaks berth.

Both Amalgamate and Johanna’s own stretched their legs on Tuesday (1/5/12) doing 1200 evens separately on the sand track with J.Noonan aboard- both worked well with no mishaps. Varenna Miss galloped on the Course proper running 800E, coming home nicely the last 400- Time: 55.86, last 400=25.67s. Work was quite good considering Jake suggested the track rated Heavy9.
At this point in time Varenna miss will gallop at Doomben on Saturday (5/5/12) in preparation for the Smirnoff BTC Group 1 the following week where she will head to after an exciting but very luckless run in the T J Smith stakes at Randwick. Both 3 yo’s will most likely head down to gallop as well in readiness for races on the following Wednesday and Friday.

Luckily for us the weather looks to be clearing up after the next few days just in time to firm up just enough for Varenna miss and both 3 yo fillies, who all will appreciate a surface with a bit of give.

Jack Turnbull.

Pictured: Varenna Miss