Millwood Pink Lady ready for Wyndham
First starter Millwood Pink Lady will add interest to the last race at Wyndham today after winning an Addington trial by eight lengths in a 1:58.4 mile rate.
Christchurch trainer Mark Fuller took Millwood Pink Lady to Addington on February 4 to give Leeston horseman Terry Chmiel the opportunity to drive her. Chmiel was trialling the filly with the intention of buying her for Southland owner Robert Symon, of Waianiwa. She impressed Chmiel and the deal was completed.
Millwood Pink Lady's only outing since resulted in a win at the Rangiora workouts last Saturday.
''She's tough and probably better if they [leaders] go hard,'' said Chmiel, who trains in partnership with wife Glenys.
If she doesn't win [today], she'll race at Winton on Tuesday.''
Her sire, Ohoka Arizona, won the Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham in 2007, while Millwood Pink Lady's fourth dam back on her maternal side is 1981 New Zealand Cup winner Armalight.
Terry Chmiel thought Millwood Pink Lady's main rival would be the Robert Dunn-trained No Doctor Needed in today's BMac Sheetmetal Pace.
Millwood Pink Lady's stablemate, Moondyne Joe, is a leading hope for the MLT/Three Rivers Hotel Pace. Chmiel believes the Courage Under Fire 3-year-old has ''got better'' since his second to The Wrath Of Robyn in a C2 event at Winton on December 29.
Moondyne Joe's subsequent starts have been at the two-day Marlborough meeting on January 10 (second) and 12 (fourth). He was beaten a nose by Locharburn at the Rangiora workouts last weekend, with Moondyne Joe running his final 800m in 55.
Chmiel flies from Invercargill back to Christchurch tomorrow morning and will then transport six horses to the Timaru meeting, which starts at 12.05pm.
Trainer Kirk Larsen's two starters at Wyndham - Rockin Cullen and Kiwi Focus - are worth having in combination bets.
Rockin Cullen, to be driven by Mark Purdon's son, Nathan, in the Alabar Junior Drivers' Pace, won a trial at Wyndham on February 12.
The daughter of Christian Cullen has not raced for a year, but her training is up to the mark.
''She hasn't raced for a while, but she's well and things are good with her,'' Larsen said.
Kiwi Focus, who contests the Kelly Wool Ltd Pace, copped interference when resuming with a fifth at Ascot Park 11 days ago.
''She got a bit of a check (at 350m). She didn't lose too much but it happened at a bad time . . . she got home good.''
Larsen-trained Jango Fett is back on the active list after spelling for three and a-half weeks. He was found to have had a throat infection after his fourth in a 3-year-old race at Ascot Park on January 16.
Jango Fett is earmarked for the Northern Southland meeting at Ascot Park on March 22.
A Bettor's Delight colt from Special Ops (12 wins), bought for $32,500 at the yearling sales in Christchurch this week, is in Larsen's care.
Meanwhile, a client of Lorneville trainer Tony Stratford has bought Mach Of The Man out of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen's Rolleston stable.
Mach Of The Man's nine starts have produced a win, three seconds and two thirds.
- The Southland Times