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A passionate journalist and photographer, there isn't much Kirsty doesn't about horses - a registered public trainer, she also prepares horses 'pre-racing' and for equestrian pursuits.

8th Aug: Waverley Trials - Spring Targets Ahead
Published: 10 Aug 2017 - - Author: Kirsty Lawrence


Lucyinrio lead from early stages and relished track conditions, holding out Da Jin Shan and Kawi less than a length off the winner in 64.89.

Lucyinrio's trainer Kylie Little, is rolling the dice on a start in the Foxbridge Plate, with the mare having a Group 2 placing in the Westbury Classic last preparation. "A good run in the Foxbridge, and hopefully rating points will sneak us into the Tarzino" said Kylie.

The form from the first day at Hastings last year is strong for Lucyinrio having run third in a special conditions maiden race, behind Francaletta, the winner of four last season and the exciting Dolcetto, the winner five races in the past season.

Kawi looks to have improved since his previous trial also and was held together with apprentice Alfred Chan aboard, he heads to the Foxbridge Plate on his mission to Hastings with Jason Waddell to ride.

Group One placegetter Authentic Paddy looked impressive winning from Rayas and Ringo and is well on his path to Hastings again. He looks to have a bit of improvement out of todays trial, and the stable favourite hasn't read he's now an eight year old and is sure to put his best foot forward as always.

ImageAuthentic Paddy with strapper Miranda Duthie (Kirsty Lawrence)

St Leger winner from last season Rock On was just over a length clear of the third placed Nymph Monte, both holding early Hastings nominations.

The big improver in condition and coat on recent runs was El Pescado. Now in the stable of Polly Macdonald at Opaki, the El Hermano gelding is looking fit and forward to tackle the Tarzino this year, a race he finished second in last year.

Image - El Pescado - ears pricked (Kirsty Lawrence)

The other open heat to impress was Dijon Bleu, the winner of heat one, the three year old filly by Burgundy has come back stronger after winning as two year old and finishing 2 lengths off the winner in the Eclipse stakes for fifth and a tidy run in the Karaka million before being put aside.

Lets look forward to spring and the arrival of daffodils and Group One racing, here's to some sunshine. The rain WILL stop one day.

Photos and Story - Kirsty Lawrence

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