SUNDAY: October 6, 2019: HAWKESBURY trainers Garry White and Martin McInerney have clinched season breakthroughs at Dubbo and Mudgee respectively.
White scored with Paris In May at Dubbo last Friday, and McInerney with Versifier at Mudgee yesterday.
Paris In May made it three wins from only six starts when an easy winner of the Benchmark 66 Handicap (1000m), whilst Versifier shed his maiden status at only his fourth start by taking the Maiden Plate (1100m).
It’s been a slow start to the season for White, who prepared 31 winners in the previous two racing years (17 in 2018-19 and 14 in 2018-19), but he is confident that situation is about to change.
“I’ve got a nice bunch of young horses, and we’ve looked after this fellow (Paris In May),” he said.
“He has been a slow maturer, but has the ability to measure up to at least midweek grade in town.
“I might even back him up at Hawkesbury next Sunday and test him against better opposition. He has pulled up really well from the Dubbo race.”
Paris In May, a lightly-raced Duporth five-year-old, has the bloodlines to prove himself in stronger company. His dam Danebeam, a city winner before being retired to stud, is a daughter of the former outstanding mare Slight Chance and was bred by his owner Grahame Mapp.
Paris In May ($3.10) was having his first start since January when he went to Dubbo, and easily beat $2.90 favorite Sons Of Bourke.
Mathew Cahill rode him, and has now been aboard in the gelding’s three wins.
He won a Maiden Plate (1000m) on him at Orange last November, and a Benchmark 58 Handicap (900m) at Wellington on January 13.
“Mathew and I not only go back a long way, but we have a terrific strike rate,” White said.
“I trialled Paris In May at Hawkesbury in August, but he got a cold after finishing second to Brook Magic over 800m.
“I backed off to let him recover and then trialled him at Warwick Farm on September 24 when he was successful over 740m.
“The Dubbo race looked perfect to start his campaign, and he did it comfortably.”
Paris In May’s stablemate Letter To Juliette, who won the last two Orange Cups (2018 and 19 when partnered by Cahill), has been retired and gone to Coolmore’s No Nay Never, the sire of classy Irish sprinter Ten Sovereigns, who has arrived in Sydney and is preparing for a tilt at the $14m The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday week.
. McInerney took lightly-raced Poet’s Voice four-year-old Versifier to Mudgee for the non-TAB fixture - and it paid off.
Ridden by Ashley Morgan, Versifier ($3) led home a Hawkesbury trifecta.
Showing the benefit of a first-up ninth behind the promising Mir in a 1000m Maiden on his home track on September 26, the gelding beat Craig Weeding’s Show Of Light ($5) and Jacqueline Greentree’s Sturgeon Moon ($3.20).