Awapuni trainer Jeff Lynds is prepared to
raise the bar to a lofty level for his sparingly-raced sprinter Thien Ly (Stravinsky x Highflying).
He produced the six-year-old for a first-up
victory at Trentham on Saturday and he’s got his fingers crossed that
performance will give the Trelawney Stud graduate a shot at a Group One prize later
in the month.
“If we can sneak into the field then we
might have a crack at the Telegraph,” Lynds said.
Thien Ly posted his fourth career win in
the Southern Rangitikei Veterinary Services Premier, his first race day
appearance since he beat Lewis Caroll, who has subsequently won two races, at
Te Rapa last April.
“He’s had a few problems and injured his
hind quarter,” Lynds said.
A lack of recent racing didn’t hold Thien
Ly back at Trentham where he was given the most economical of rides by Rosie
Myers behind the pace.
“Rosie had ridden him in jump-outs and it’s
always nice to have her on,” Lynds said.
Myers didn’t have to cover an inch of extra
ground on Thien Ly, who didn’t need asking twice to lengthen stride along the
“The speed was quite strong and we were
lucky the leader ran out and gave us a beautiful run up the rail,” she said.
“He tends to run in so it suited us. He’s
always had a lot of ability.”
It was a Trelawney quinella with Thien Ly, who was sold as a weanling through the Stud's NZB draft, nudging out the farm's bred and owned Smashing (Pins x Ruud Van Slaats).
The front-runner Smashing stuck grimly to
her guns in the closing 400 metres to take second money ahead of Lucyinrio.