Tony Pike is preparing for his Queensland Winter carnival campaign and Trelawney Stud holds a strong connection to two members of his six-strong assault team.
Indecision, who races in the Trelawney silks, and Bostonian, who was born and raised on the farm for breeder-owner David Archer, both participated in exhibition gallops at the Te Rapa meeting on Saturday.
Bostonian and Indecision produced eye-catching work and will join last weekend’s Gr.2 Easter
Handicap (1600m) winner Endless Drama on a flight out of Auckland bound for
Brisbane next Friday.
Pike has enjoyed plenty of success in Brisbane in recent
years with the likes of Gr.1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) winner Provocative and
Gr.1 J.J Atkins (1600m) winner Sacred Elixir and will look to take home some of
the major spoils on offer once again in 2019.
“We’ve got a good team heading over this year although it
does seem a little strange most of them are sprinters, which is unusual as the
kiwi sprinters don’t often compete in Australia,” he said.
“In saying that, all have been working well and I think they
are up to the competition they will face over there.
“Bostonian, Ever Loyal and Endless Drama all have the
Stradbroke Handicap (Gr.1 1400m) as their main assignment and will take similar
paths to get there.
“Bostonian has good residual fitness as he was only in the
paddock for three weeks. He went super there as a three-year-old and he had a good
hit-out on Saturday that will top him off nicely.
“He will probably go the BRC Sprint (Gr.3 1350m) at Doomben
first up, as will Ever Loyal, and then we will take it from there.”
Listed Hallmark Stud Sprint (1200m) winner Indecision looked
ready to go first up when completing an impressive workout in tandem with Ever
Loyal on Saturday.
“Indecision will be set for some of the fillies and mares’
events during the carnival,” Pike said.
“She is flying at the moment and will be suited in Brisbane
as she can handle any track surface, so if they get rain it won’t worry her.
“She worked home beautifully on Saturday, so I think she is
spot on for the trip.” -NZ Racing Desk