Pam Gerard has gladly taken a leaf out of
her senior training partner Mike Moroney’s book of tricks for preparing
stayers in the countdown to the Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup.
Last year the former South Islander took
over from Chad Ormsby as resident trainer at Ballymore Stables' Matamata
base. Amongst the horses that came with her appointment was 2016
Wellington Cup winner Mister Impatience, who will be having just his
third race this preparation when he lines up in Saturday's Trentham
Twelve months ago the English-bred
gelding snatched a nose win over Pentathlon at close to 30-to-one odds,
but after two further unplaced efforts he required surgery to remove a
fetlock chip. A downside to his recuperation was the amount of weight he
put on during his let-up, but after two races and an intensive training
programme Gerard believes the seven-year-old might just be up to his
“His first run back was over a mile and
he was only getting warm as the rest of them were pulling up, then in
the City of Auckland Cup it was probably a better run than it looked
even though he finished a fair way back,” said Gerard.
“He’s really tidied up with that run and we’ve been able to pour the work into him since.”
Part of that training programme included a
stern workout at Matamata yesterday, beginning with a warm-up and
followed by two separate 1200-metre gallops on the course proper. In the
first he recorded 1:23, with the last 1000m in 1:07.8 and 600m in 39.4.
He was slower off the mark next time round, but he finished full of
running after 1200m in 1:26.2, 1:08.1 and 39.2.
“That’s something Mike does quite a bit
with his stayers and it’s certainly opened my eyes, even after the work I
used to put into my jumpers,” said Gerard, whose list of credits
includes the 2003 Waikato-Great Northern Hurdle double with Narousa.
“It’s the only time we’ve done it with him this preparation, but the way he got through the work looked pretty good to me.”
Her opinion was backed by work rider
Michael Coleman, who will switch to Waikato Cup runner-up Snow Secret on
Saturday while Sam Spratt combines again with Mister Impatience.
“That was nice work, especially the way
he finished off the last part,” said Coleman, whose association with
Ballymore Stables includes the 2000 Wellington Cup on Second Coming.