Quicksilver Lass salutes at Sandown

Feb 07, 2015

Quicksilver Lass continued her excellent form for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan when she proved too strong at Sandown in the Sportingbet Best Tote + 5% Handicap over 1600m. 

It’s been a frustrating journey for Noonan and the connections of Quicksilver Lass who have finally got the 6-year-old mare racing consistently, giving them her second win of the preparation.

“She has had more time in the paddock than she has had on the racetrack,” Noonan said.

“In the truck (going to the races) she would just lie down.

“And, then she injured a joint and when we got that right there was something else. She always seemed to be coming off some sort of injury.

“It has been hard work, but it is fantastic for these owners who have persevered and finally been rewarded with a city win.”

Noonan brought Quicksilver Lass to Sportingbet Park last Wednesday for a gallop and he noted the familiarisation exercise paid dividends.

“I think it is a big advantage when they can come here and work on the track,” Noonan said.

“She didn’t have a lot of luck last start.”

Carrying just 51kg courtesy of New Zealand apprentice Michael Dee’s 3kg claim, connections advised that the mare would be ridden more positively from her inside gate.

Given the gun run in transit with Dee settling fourth on the rail behind the leader, she travelled kindly for Dee.

Upon straightening, the leader pulled away from the fence, giving Quicksilver Lass ($11) a saloon passage through to hit the lead at the 300m mark and hold off the field to score by a neck from Berrimilla ($5.50) and It’s One ($6.50) in third.