Cox’s Team Of Juveniles Showing Positive Signs

24
Jan

Ascot trainer Nick Cox said Driftwood Girl will go for a brief let up before taking on feature two-year-old races later in the season.

Cox will give the Not A Single Doubt filly a short break after she notched a stylish maiden win over 1000m at Ascot on Saturday.

“She is a pretty tough filly and has pulled up fantastic,” Cox said on Tabradio’s The Sports Daily.

“She took no harm from that and we will give her a break for a couple of weeks.

“I will probably give her a fortnight out and bring her back for an 1100 metre race at the end of February.

“We might look at that and miss the Supremacy Stakes (1000m) before going into the Gimcrack Stakes (1100m).

“If she goes good in that we might have a go at the main race (Karrakatta Plate) and see how she goes.”

Cox’s astute eye for horseflesh has given his stable profitable returns early after he bought Driftwood Girl and Hard Of Heart at last year’s Melbourne yearling sales.

Hard Of Heart, a promising Snitzel Colt, is set to mark his comeback to the race track after posting an impressive maiden win last year.

Displaying attributes of toughness and speed on debut, Hard Of Heart led from barrier to post and went to the line impressively.

“He pulled up really shin sore after that and should have won by four or five lengths if that hadn’t happened,” Cox said.

“It was enormous and to the day I die I can’t believe what price they put him up.

“He is pretty good and should be back trialling in about four weeks.”

Cox will unveil another of his promising babies when Yendor steps out for her first official appearance at Ascot on Saturday.

The Dick Turpin filly is ready to launch her career after three trials including a last-start second to Iz That Right over 1000m at Lark Hill.

The form line around the trial is strong with Iz That Right running an unlucky fourth to Driftwood Girl on debut at Ascot last weekend.

“We were pretty soft on my filly in the trial,” Cox said.

“If she draws a gate I think she will be a chance.

“There is not much between her and Driftwood Girl.”

RWWA: Julio Santarelli