Liz Strempel is a trainer who goes about her business with a minimum of fuss.
With a small team of horses in work, she doesn’t command or seek a high profile.
But in recent months, with her stable on a hot winning streak, she has found the limelight.
At Pinjarra today, (Thursday) Jamie’s Linc gave Strempel six winners from her past seven runners.
Jamie’s Linc joined Arno The Fox, Ambiente and The Enchantress, who scored respecive victories at Northam and Belmont.
Strempel says her training routine and adopting philosophies from Australia’s leading trainer have been key drivers in her stable’s resurgence.
“It was something that Chris Waller said about Winx and how he doesn’t give her too many runs in a campaign that struck me,” Strempel said.
“I believe in that process and think it is harder to get a horse mentally fit than it is to get them physically fit.
“I’m a very methodical trainer in everything that I do and I think the horses enjoy the environment that they are in.”
One horse who has benefitted from Strempel’s guidance in a big way is Ambiente. The Trade Fair gelding left his winter campaign in a blaze of glory and could shape as a surprise packet at the Ascot carnival.
Ambiente flashed potential in a shock win over quality sprinter’s Super Maxi and Fabergino in June and proved it was no fluke when he followed up a fortnight later to defeat Floyd.
Strempel believes Ambiente can keep up his level of improvement when he resumes for a sprint and summer preparation.
“He will be back at my stable in about a week,” Strempel said.
“He is a young talent and better than average.
“He will probably line up at Ascot first-up over 1100m.
“After that run we will reassess out options on where to go.
“I think there is a big race in him.”
Arno The Fox started at double figure odds and looked an impossible hope in the straight when Free Mover booted clear, but under the urgings of jockey Julien Kokjotajlo, he got up in the last stride to score by a long neck, his first success from eight attempts.
“I knew he could gallop, but he is a lazy horse,” Strempel said.
“With maturity he wants to run and Julien is the right guy to ride him.
“He needs someone to keep him running and keep him strong.”