Trainer Noel Doyle has Thousand Guineas on radar for tough filly Aimee
NOEL Doyle hopes to pick up where he left off in Melbourne this spring, despite a dozen years having passed since his last visit.
Doyle hasn’t taken a horse south since Palidamah won at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day in 2002.
That will change in the coming weeks after his tough filly Aimee ($4.60) added a fifth career win when making her seasonal debut at Doomben on Saturday.
Doyle is eyeing the Thousand Guineas, but isn’t certain whether her next lead up will be in Brisbane or south of the border.
“I’m very satisfied with what I saw,” Doyle said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been down to Melbourne, so it’s exciting to be lining up another trip.”
While Aimee got the breaks up near the rails, the race was a very messy affair with a number of hardluck stories.
Runner-up Lucky Tom ($4.80) was stuck wide facing the breeze throughout and his trainer Harold Norman confirmed a Melbourne trip is still firmly on the agenda.
Debutant Rockleigh ($41) turned in a real eye-catcher, charging at the line late for third. Upstart Pride ($4.20 favourite) found himself in a bumping duel, while Melanya kept coming despite a wide trip.
Combatant finished closer to the tail of the field than the front, but may well have tested the winner with clear running.
Teronado reels off impressive late figures
BRUCE Hill wasn’t surprised by the sectional and Chris Munce said he was entitled to run that time given the “ridiculous” tempo, but both ticked off on a southern trip for Teronado.
With a walking tempo, Teronado circled the field and clocked home in an official final 600m sectional of 32.99 seconds.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Hill said. “He does that every day of the week. You think he’s not going very fast in his work and then you look at the clock and just shake your head.”
Hill said he has a multitude of options in Melbourne and hasn’t set a program in stone yet.
Munce feels Teronado will be a worthy Melbourne combatant, although he acknowledged it gets much tougher now.
“It was a ridiculous tempo because they trotted for the first 1300m, so they can run those type of sectionals when they do nothing early,” Munce said.
“But he will be competitive down there (Melbourne). He’s a different horse with blinkers on now. He’s more genuine and switched on.”
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Courier Mail http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/trainer-noel-doyle-has-thousand-guineas-on-radar-for-tough-filly-aimee/story-fnii0mrv-1227050141455