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Gerard takes leaf out of Moroney book of tricks
18 Jan 2017

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 two-miler.

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 weekend challenge.

“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.

Dennis Ryan

The Informant