Secret Amour Successful

Date: 27 Mar 2021

Secret Amour Successful

 

Following a very good first campaign, Secret Amour (4 m Niagara - My Secret, by Sakhee's Secret) resumed by winning the $22,500 Rating 65 1200 metres on Saturday at Tauranga.

 

Having won authoritatively over 1400 metres, and with three seconds at Ellerslie, Secret Amour prepared by running home strongly for third when trialling on 16 March at Cambridge, and presented in fresh condition for the race sponsored by Craig Orr Bayleys' Residential.

Against a strong field, from a slightly awkward draw (7), rider Opie Bosson negotiated a beautiful passage, adopted a patient approach turning in, and was able to poke Secret Amour clear at an opportune time. She quickened and did the rest.

Punters stuck to their guns in making Secret Amour a dominant $2.20 & $1.40 favourite. Winning by a length, she ran the 1200 metres in a respectable 1:10.2.

It was a good training feat by Jamie Richards, presenting her in the right shape to win at 1200 metres, given the pedigree suggests getting further.

“I had been really pleased with the way she'd been coming up and it was a good strong win,” Richards said. “Her trial at Cambridge was very good, where she went through the line full of running and without much pressure.

“Opie (Bosson) rode her for a bit of luck and it came his way when he needed it at the top of the straight. She was able to get through a gap and found the line really well. She even pricked her ears and had a look at the winning post, so she's a progressive mare.

“She's got good form from earlier in the spring and early summer, and we just wanted to give her a bit of time to miss the really firm tracks through the hotter months of the year and set her for an autumn campaign.

“She's seems in good shape and Tracy (Collis) and the team at the Main Stable have done a really good job with her. She's one of Tracy's favourites, despite not being the easiest to manage and she lives outside. She can be a bit quirky, but everyone around her does a good job and Michael Roustoby rides a majority of her work.

“I'm pleased for everyone involved and she's a mare that can continue to work her way through the grades.”

Owned by Scott Goodwin, who bought her as a yearling on Gavelhouse, she is by successful sire Niagara (Encosta de Lago), and is the first foal from a Sakhee's Secret mare that won two (1400m) of her five starts, in turn from impressive winning mare Keepolaria (Keeper) who won twice to 2000 metres.

When Secret Amour won her Maiden, last November at Rotorua, it was left to brother-in-law Don Mackinnon, a knowledgeable racing man, to comment on behalf of Goodwin, and he kindly did so again.

“Scott's been offshore and just out of quarantine, so I'm sure he'll be celebrating,” said Mackinnon, who recommended that Goodwin have Richards train the mare.

“His house on the sheep farm he owns burnt down, up the Wanganui River, and he and his daughter are in the process of designing a new house.

“I saw Secret Amour at the Cambridge trials a couple of weeks ago and she's done really well for a break and furnished out nicely. Jamie has done a very good job with her.”

Secret Amour carries bloodline crosses by the most influential thoroughbred stallions: Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector, Danehill, and Danzig.

Secret Amour was strapped by Tracy Collis.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz

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