Grace Off To Flying Start

22
May

Ashley Grace can’t recall if he has had a better start to a Kalgoorlie racing season.

The hobby trainer has two wins and six placings from 14 starts this year.

It’s an impressive strike rate from a stable that has a team of four in work.

Headlining Graces’ early season charge have been new recruits Sass’n’ping and Airglow.

Sass’n’ping defied last week’s on pace bias with a strong finish from the back of the field.

Airglow was impressive on Anzac Day when he got over the top of Delray Beach.

“I’ve had good seasons previously but I don’t think I have ever started as well,” said Grace.

“I wouldn’t mind turning a few of the placings into wins but it has been good and encouraging for a great bunch of new owners.

“I moved a few of the slow ones on at the end of last season and picked up a couple of handy replacements.

“Sass’n’ping was previously with David Harrison and Lou and Dion Luciani were involved with Airglow.

“They are showing positive signs and I’m hoping they can continue to improve or maintain their form.”

Moysater mare Say Lady can add to Graces’ tally when she steps up in distance to tackle the BM Geological Maiden (1600m).

The four-year-old has been placed at her past three starts including a half-head second to Gracious Mak (1300m) last week.

Boosting her claims is a gun draw in barrier one and the services of inform apprentice jockey Emma Stent.

“She keeps improving and gets closer with each run,” said Grace.

“She will have no problems stepping up to the mile.

“If she can handle the backup I’m confident of a forward showing.”

The only underperforming member of Graces’ team this year has been Rosie Redlips.

“On potential and raw ability she is the best horse in the yard,” said Grace.

“But she is a fizzy mare who runs her race before she gets to the barriers.

“She is a five-year-old now and I’m not sure if she is going to get any better.”