Maynard Off To Esperance Flyer

12
Dec

Frank Maynard enjoyed a flying start to the Esperance season a fortnight ago when he trained two winners and a third from his three starters on the programme.

Dancing Anna produced a powerful finishing run as did Blue Choisir who relished a drop in grade after meeting stronger opposition at Northam and Ascot.

Biscay Bonny tried hard to replicate her stable mates but despite closing out the race well she couldn’t make ground on Blue Sasso and was beaten 2 ¾ lengths.

While Dancing Anna and Blue Choisir are held back for another meeting Biscay Bonny return’s to have a tilt at the White Sheep Showers Handicap (1300m).

Maynard says Biscay Bonny will strip fitter at her second run back this campaign and believes the step-up from 1100m should suit the six-year-old.

“She ran a really good race and the 1100m was too short and found her out,” said Maynard.

“The 1300m will be in her favour and importantly she has done very well since her return run.”

Maynard is less buoyant about Testa Rocking who resumes in the Esperance Rail Social Club Handicap (1100m) after a 489 day injury-enforced absence.

The Testa Rossa eight-year-old was in dynamic form when last in work for Stephen Land and showed more than a touch of ability with five consecutive wins.

Testa Rocking, to carry a heavy impost of 60kg for jockey Craig Staples, warmed up for his return with a trial fifth to Sujet at Ascot.

“I was pretty disappointed in his trial,” said Maynard.

“He didn’t finish off as well as I would have liked.

“He might have just got tired after being out for a long time.

“He has to start somewhere and I’m hoping he goes around safely and this is a stepping stone for him.”

Maynard unveils former Perth galloper High Tide for his stable debut and he is hoping a change of environment can work in the gelding’s favour.

The three-year-old, formerly with Dan Morton, ran a sound third to Dancing Express on debut at Ascot in March but has struggled since.

The son of Scandal Keeper, with one placing from six starts, will contest the South East Petroleum Maiden (1100m).

“I haven’t had him for long but that first run showed me he had a little,” said Maynard.

“With a change of environment and a change of scenery some horse can click.

“He might appreciate weaker company.”