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  • John Curtis


WEDNESDAY: January 27, 2021: SILENT Tryst is back “home”…. and started what her trainer believes can be a winning “habit” when she broke through at Gosford today.

Having only her third start, the well-bred filly showed she has a future on the track even though she is still learning what racing is all about!

Hawkesbury horseman Matthew Vella broke in Silent Tryst – a $420,000 Gold Coast yearling purchase two years ago – and was pleased to be able to train her for her first success.

“Silent Tryst went to Chris Waller after she was broken in, and he gave her only the one trial in late 2019,” Vella said this evening.

“Full credit to Chris as he recommended to the filly’s owner Sir Owen Glenn that she would be better placed coming back to Hawkesbury.

“Silent Tryst has been a slow learner and we’ve had to take our time with her.

“She has always shown ability, but has been so green and even today she showed in the straight that she is yet to put it all together.

“It was great to get the maiden out of the way and once the penny drops, I’m sure she will manage 1400m to 1600m.

“I am appreciative of Sir Owen entrusting me with her training.”

Now a three-year-old, Silent Tryst is a daughter of 2008 Golden Slipper winner Sebring (whose stud career was cut short when he died from a heart attack at Widden Stud in early 2019 at 13 years of age), and the Fastnet Rock mare Miss Foxwood, a three-times winner in New Zealand.

Runner-up at both starts last time in work, Silent Tryst raced in winkers today at her resumption and was all the rage as a $1.80 favorite.

Rider Rachel King gave her a perfect run, and she did the job in defeating Crystal Waters ($10) and Arimathea ($3.20) in the Provincial & Country Maiden Plate (1200m).

Vella, a renowned horse breaker and pre-trainer, is also working hard to make his mark as a trainer and now has more horses in work than ever before.

He was delighted with the recent debut of Silent Tryst’s stablemate Sniper Legend, whom he trains for last year’s The Everest winning owner Bon Ho.

The two-year-old son of another Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (2016) tackled older horses and finished second to Delexo in a 2 & 3YO Maiden Plate (1000m) at Wyong on January 20.

“He got back in the field with the rail out 7m, and made good ground,” Vella said. “It was a super run.

“Sniper Legend has come through that race well and will start next either on the Kensington track next Wednesday or at Canberra two days later.”

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