The Tide Turned At Northam

6
Aug

Trainer Dan Morton said the conditions were tailor-made for Little Missy Tide when she got back on the winner’s list at Northam two weeks ago.

The Danehill Express mare was much improved when she ran on strongly from fifth position to defeat Popacorka (1400m) by ¾’s of a length.

It was a good comeback from the four-year-old after performing below expectations at her previous start at Pinjarra, finishing sixth of ten to Amarna (1603m).

Morton believes Little Missy Tide can capitalise on similar conditions when she takes on the Gannons Ladies Day Sunday Oct 5 Handicap (1300m) at Northam on Thursday.

“I tried to stretch her out to the mile and it didn’t work,” said Morton.

“Dropping back to 1400m and the shades certainly made their mark.

“She is no champion but is very honest.

“I think this is the right race for her again.”

Stable mate Sky Rumba has drawn the widest gate in the field of 11 when she resumes in the www.northamraceclub.com.maiden (1100m).

The filly was spelled after her first-up showing in February when she made up some ground to be placed fifth and five lengths from Femmette.

The daughter of Shrewd Rhythm tuned up for her return with two trial hit outs; impressing with a Lark Hill win over 950m last month.

“She is a well bred filly who trialled well and I expect her to go close,” said Morton.

“She was a bit immature at her first preparation but I like what I’m seeing.”

Meanwhile, Morton says staying mare Ningaloo Blitz will not target the XXXX Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on September 20.

The Natural Blitz mare suffered a shock defeat at Kalgoorlie on Sunday when she ran third as the hot favourite to Friarday.

Chasing her third win in succession, she was trapped wide for apprentice Lucy Warwick and was beaten 3 ¼ lengths.

“She was made to do a lot of work and that took its toll,” said Morton.

“She covered a fair amount of ground with no cover.

”Mindful of how she went in last year’s Kalgoorlie Cup she will bypass the race.

“She will be aimed at the Tattersall’s Cup (2300m), a race she won last year.”

Ningaloo Blitz tailed off to finish last and 15 lengths from Classique Ivory in last year’s Kalgoorlie Cup.