Luke Fernie Plans Frosty Reception

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May

There is little wonder why Luke Fernie has a spring in his step and is excited to see Miss Frost go around again at Ascot on Saturday.

If she produces anything like her first run for Fernie, she will take some beating in the Tabtouch Better Your Bet Handicap (1100m).

In a performance that signalled she could be above average, Miss Frost came from last with a withering run and won by two lengths.

In an ecstatic mood after the race, Fernie declared the Frost Giant mare could be the best horse he has ever been involved with.

It’s a confident and bold call for someone who has only been out on his own for a few months, but he has racing tradition to call on.

He’s the fourth member of the Fernie family to take on training after father, Peter, grandfather, John and great-grandfather Robert.

Fernie, who made the big leap from his hometown Kalgoorlie to open an Ascot stable in December, says Miss Frost is a horse to follow.

“I am very excited about her,” Fernie told The Races WA.

“I actually look at her a bit differently now than what I did before.

“I look at every little thing that she does now.

“She’s exciting.”

Punters didn’t ignore Miss Frost first-up from a long break on April 22 when she went out as the hot favourite.

She again has their confidence at $1.45 to go back-to-back on Saturday.

In a field of seven runners she has drawn barrier four. William Pike takes the ride at 56kg.

“She pulled up super from her run the other day,” Fernie said.

“It’s a bit more of a test on Saturday and we will see where she is at.

“She won’t have to settle as far back as what she did first-up I wouldn’t have thought.”

Meanwhile Fernie plans for Mervyn to cause a big upset in the Group 3 Northam Mazda Stakes (1100m).

“It’s worth having a crack with a horse that is fit against some who are racing first-up,” Fernie said.

“It’s there to do and you have got nothing to lose really.”

Mervyn, having his first crack in Group company, is rated an $11 chance to topple boom mare Fabergino, the dominant $1.65 favourite.

Mervyn has drawn barrier four and will be in the hands of Jade McNaught. Fabergino will step from gate one for Peter Knuckey.

Fernie says the instructions to McNaught are clear. He expects Mervyn to challenge Fabergino for the lead.

“The whole time the intent will be to go as fast and as hard as he can possibly go,” Fernie said.

Fernie hopes War Secrets in race seven, Wild Fusion in the ninth and Pym’s Royale in the last, can cap a top day for the stable.

Julio Santarelli