Pienkna, Gun Case and Lanieri all shine on a bleak day at Doomben
THE bleak August chill may have unearthed a number of future topliners at Doomben on Saturday, with Pienkna, Gun Case and Lanieri all promising better things to come.
Late starter Gun Case is poised to make up for lost time as trainer Liam Birchley races the clock to escalate his rating and bank account.
Birchley has no doubt the son of War Pass is up to some better races south of the border, but fears he would be balloted out of suitable targets at the moment.
“He dropped the rider one day and ran back to the stables and slipped over on the bitumen,” Birchley said.
“We couldn’t stitch it because it was a real burning type of abrasion so we just had to wait and that’s why he took so long to get to the races.”
In all, Gun Case was scratched four times before he finally debuted at Rosehill in March.
A minor viral issue means Gun Case kicked off his current preparation at Coffs Harbour.
“I didn’t mind taking him away because the trip did him good,” Birchley said.
The laid back Glen Colless has been bullish in his praise for Gun Case.
“I don’t get excited by too many these days but after he won at Coffs Harbour I was pretty happy to stay on him,” Colless said.
Trainer Tony Gollan has made no secret of the high regard he holds Pienkna, but stopped short of locking in a southern trip after she made it two from two on Saturday.
“She’s a beautiful filly, with a great temperament, but she’s still learning,” Gollan said.
“She’s not putting it all together yet. I think she will be better when she has something to follow.
“I don’t think she handled that track either. She didn’t really get through the ground. The other day on firm ground she pinged a lot quicker.”
Gollan said he will “let the dust settle” before deciding on where to go next.
Both Lindsay Gough and Ryan Wiggins were thinking the worst when Lanieri was shuffled back to near last coming to the turn.
“I was thinking ‘where am I going to go here?’ I just kept getting shuffled back,” Wiggins said.
“Nothing went her way really, but she still put them to the sword pretty easily.”
Gough said it was always going to be similar with Lanieri because he wants her to relax so she can be tried over further later on.
Gough said Lanieri may have one more run this time in before being put away for a tilt at stronger races next preparation.
“It’s all about getting her set up for next preparation,” Gough said.