DUAL Warrnambool Cup winner Hissing Sid will be aimed for a third win in the feature flat race at this year’s Warrnambool May Racing Carnival if he gets conditions to suit.
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Hissing Sid, which won the Warrnambool Cup in 2009 and 2010, missed last year’s cup due to a tendon injury but trainer Symon Wilde, who trains in partnership with his father Bill, said the horse was in top condition.

“Hissing Sid has had a few issues during his career, namely a tendon injury, back problems and an eye infection when he was in Brisbane a few years ago, but he is over all those problems now,” Symon said.

“We’re waiting for the soft tracks for the horse. We will not be rushing him. We’re just taking him along slowly. If we get soft tracks leading into the Warrnambool carnival we’ll aim him at the cup again.”

Symon believes there are more wins in store for the seven-year-old gelding.

“We had to abandon his spring campaign last year after he was found to be suffering with a back problem. He was just jarring up a bit in his back. We took him up to the Ballarat Veterinary Clinic and they sorted out his back problems,” he said.

“He’s feeling really well now. He’s a heavy horse and we’re just managing him differently now to when he was a young horse.”

Symon revealed the stable had paid $60,000 for a half-brother to its promising galloper So Swift at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales last week. So Swift swept to prominence when he won the Sandown Guineas last year after running fourth in the Gibson Carmichael Stakes at Flemington. So Swift is by Barely A Moment while last week’s purchase is by Any Given Saturday.

“He’s a very nice type of yearling. Bill did the bidding on the yearling and he is really impressed with him. He was prepared to go as high as $80,000 for the yearling,” Simon said.

“I would say he’s the most expensive horse we have bought, but in the scheme of things it all evens out.

“The yearling is qualified for all the VOBIS and GOLD VOBIS races. I’m pretty confident that we will syndicate him out. He’s a very good walking horse.”

Young to miss Newmarket Handicap

COLAC trainer Mark Young will bypass this Saturday’s $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200 metres) at Flemington with his tough sprinter Secret Flyer after he ran sixth in the Bob Hoysted Handicap behind Panpique at Flemington on Saturday.

Young said the long-term aim for Secret Flyer was the $500,000 Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville on May 12.

“I was pleased with his run on Saturday but we’ve decided to miss the Newmarket with him. The 1200 metres down the Flemington straight is like running in a 1400-metre race. The Newmarket is always a tough race.

“Our long-term aim is to run Secret Flyer in the Goodwood Handicap. We’ll give him a run in a quality handicap at Moonee Valley as a lead-in to the Goodwood Handicap.”

Secret Flyer has won 11 of his 40 starts. He has won in excess of $520,000 in stake money.

Maher happy with his jumpers

CIARON Maher is pleased with the progress his team of jumpers is making in the lead-up to the 2012 jumping season. Maher took 13 jumpers to steeple and hurdle trials at Cranbourne last Wednesday. He followed up with 10 jumpers heading to Ballarat yesterday for the jumping trials.

“I’ve been happy with how my team of jumpers is going,” he said.

“They have all been in work for a while and they are all looking good.

“There appears to be a lot of jumpers in work around the state now. I think the $20,000 bonus which is on offer for maiden jumpers has been a great incentive for the sport.”

Maher said Al Garhood, which won the last two Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase races will kick off his 2012 jumping campaign in the Von Doussa Steeplechase on Easter Saturday at the Oakbank Racing Carnival.

The former jumps jockey said he had paid $70,000 for a yearling filly at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale last week. The filly by Hidden Dragon is out of Amen Blue.

“There are a lot of two-year-old winners in the family. She’s a nice mover. I think she’s an early type of filly. We’ll see how she measures up early.”

Hudson Conway Racing hold successful sale

HUDSON Conway Racing, which is headed by Lloyd and Nick Williams, held a successful sale hosted by Inglis in Melbourne last Friday. The average price for the horses from Hudson Conway Racing was $57,738. The highest-priced horse sold for the day was Infuse, a lightly raced three-year-old for $330,000. Exciting young staying type Deductible was sold for $200,000 to race in Macau by the team behind Raffles Racing which also secured Pont for $85,000. Stakes-winning Encosta de Lago gelding Niblick was purchased by Western Australian owner Emile Panossian for $200,000.

Impressive last-start Moonee Valley winner Accrual will be heading to Perth trainer Lindsay Smith after he was sold for $150,000. Troy Corstens and Justin Bahen had a busy week purchasing yearlings at the Melbourne Premier Sale and the pair combined to secure four lots including young Savabeel gelding Henwood for $160,000 under the Malua Bloodstock-Bahen Bloodstock banner.

Camperdown trainer in the sales action

VETERAN Camperdown trainer Geoff Daffy was also part of the action at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales last week. Daffy purchased a yearling colt by the American sire Artie Schiller out of the unraced mare Use The Gate for $17,000. Daffy was pleased with his purchase.

“I think Artie Schiller is an underrated sire,” he said.“He’s a nice type of yearling which is eligible for all the VOBIS and Inglis races.

“We’ve sent him straight to Colin Chandler in Warrnambool to break him in.”

Warrnambool training combination of Mark and Brenton Primmer paid $5000 for a colt by Rock Of Gibraltor out of Miss Moguls at the sale.







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