Ferraris up on the scoreboard as Jamesina, Regency Dragon impress
South African trainer David Ferraris got himself on the scoreboard yesterday, calling on two of the leaders amongst his compatriot jockeys to get the numbers in the frame for a double.
Ferraris scored with Jamesina (Douglas Whyte) early in the day before Felix Coetzee gave a brilliant display of speed riding to land the final race on well-backed Regency Dragon.
'I've been happy with how the string has been going but most have needed racing,' Ferraris said. 'There has been no hurry, they have been bringing themselves along and I think there are a few of them now getting closer to winning a race.'
And Jamesina brought himself into Class Two next time out with a first up 1,800-metre win that may not have been flattered by the margin but was seemingly never in doubt.
'He's a horse I've always rated highly and I think he'll just keep climbing the ratings,' the trainer said. 'First-up today but very clean winded and he was hardly blowing after the race.'
Whyte, too, said he had expected a strong fresh performance from Jamesina despite the break and was not disappointed.
'Look at the frame of the horse - there isn't much of him so he doesn't need a lot of work,' Whyte said.
'He had trialled well and he's just picked up where he left off last season. The penny has really dropped with him now.
'He may not be the prettiest horse in his races but he can do the job and he was always going to win today. I just sat up handy, really had control of the race from the 800m I thought. Baazigar was getting plenty of weight from my guy, had his chance and just couldn't run him down. First-up at 1,800m, you'd have to think there's more improvement in him yet.'
Regency Dragon's win also had everything to do with controlling his race, with the six-year-old showing again that he is a different animal when he can roll along at a strong tempo in his races.
Coetzee took him straight across from gate 13 to lead easily on the rail but didn't make the mistake of holding him up once and Regency Dragon simply ran his rivals ragged.
'He's only won one race before today but he's a pretty decent horse when he can dominate like that,' said Ferraris. 'With 133 pounds, he's broken one minute, 22 seconds for the 1,400m and that takes some doing. He's well above average but he can't ever seem to draw a barrier - even today he nearly had the outside - and too often he has had a difficult run as a result.'
Coetzee said the race had unfolded much as it appeared on paper, without a great deal of other speed engaged.
'It doesn't always work out like that but today it did and we had a pretty easy time of it getting over and out in the lead early,' Coetzee said.
'But because he'd had such an easy time, I thought the best thing to do was to steal a couple of extra lengths around the circle and really make them chase and I never had any concern that they would run me down. It all went his way but it was still a good win with that weight.'