Short term bragging rights between fellow trainers Kristen Buchanan and Les Tilley are up for grabs when their lightly raced and promising stable stars clash on their home track in the Kingray-Ledvance-PSA-Cabac Class Two (1200m) at Wyong on Thursday.
Buchanan’s three year old Niccobelle, an impressive winner on debut at Wyong will be up against Tilley’s late maturing and slightly more experienced five year old Another Aan.
And while Buchanan has stuck with stable Paul King, Tilley has booked Tommy Berry for Another Aan.
“I have gone to the top shelf,” Tilley said.
Another Aan is Tilley’s only runner but Buchanan will have another four runners including Perfect Moments which resumes from a long break in the Electra-Lumbaliute-Haneco-Prysmian Class One (1000m).
Tilley’s patience with Another Aan and the fact he owns the horse in partnership with his wife has been a big factor in the horse’s record of two wins from his only three starts.
He paid just $11,000 for the son of Reaan at the 2013 summer sale.
“He wasn’t fashionably bred but I liked him on type and I thought he would mature into a nice horse,” Tilley said.
Mature he did, slowly and with several hiccups and minor injuries along the way.
“We own him and I had no one to answer to except myself so I was in no hurry with him,” Tilley said.
“Even now he is still doing a few things wrong and that is why I took him to the country for his first three starts, to let him learn.
“Now it is time to let him take the next step up and see where we are with him.”
Another Aan won at Muswellbrook on debut before being spelled and returning to run fourth at Taree after missing the start and getting a long way back.
He missed the start at Scone but Peter Graham pushed him along the fence to sit just off the pace approaching the turn before going to the lead and holding off the challenges down the long straight.
Niccobelle could not have been more impressive in winning his maiden on debut here 19 days ago.
He got back to second last after being slowly away, circled the field and stormed down the outside to win impressively.
Buchanan has used another of her promising three year olds, Echo Effect, as a guide to Niccobelle.
“I think he is a couple of lengths off Echo Effect but improving and closing the gap,” she said.
“They are going to develop into different horses because I think Niccobelle is going to develop into a nice 1600 metre or even 2000 metre horse.”
Every trainer has a heart break horse and Perfect Moments fits the bill in the Buchanan yard.
She looked promising when she won a maiden at Wyong at this meeting two years ago, was given a break then returned to beat Sultry Feeling in a trial at Rosehill the following February.
While Sultry Feeling went on to run second in the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield and win this year’s Group Three Triscay and Group Three Birthday Card, Perfect Moments was in the paddock recovering from a tendon injury.
“I thought she was going to be my autumn carnival horse,” Buchanan said.
“She lost her three year old season so the owners agreed to give her 12 months in the paddock and give her every chance to recover.
“She is 85 percent fit and we watch her like a hawk all the time but the pool has been a huge help in keeping the pressure off her leg.”
Blake Shinn will ride Perfect Moments as she clashes with another promising three year old in the John Thompson trained Blowing Kisses.
She is also resuming after winning a maiden at Canterbury in May and has won two trials leading up to her return, beating In The Vanguard in the first trial while Yuma Desert ran third in the second trial.
In The Vanguard ran second in the Group Two Sweet Embrace while Yuma Desert was the winner of three consecutive city races last time in.
1-1.10, ELECTRA-LUMBALITE-HANECO-PRYSMIAN CLASS ONE, 1000m: PERFECT MOMENTS 1, Blowing Kisses 2, Winning Supreme 3, Smokey’s Joy 4.
2-1.45, HIILS-OMNI-HQE MAIDEN, 1600m: ASPEN STAR 1, Dependable 2, Penny Fling 3, Not To Be Caught 4.
3-2.20, PIERLITE-SYLVANIA-CROMPTON MAIDEN, 1200m: WIRNPA 1, Laszlo 2, Silent Image 3, Eighth Keeper 4.
4-2.55, IPD-OMEGA-BRILLIANT MAIDEN, 1200m: BRITTANY 1, Alu Alu 2, Snow Surrender 3, Road To Royalty 4.
5-3.35, H.P.M. LEGRAND MAIDEN, 1000m: CALL THE COPPERS 1, Dazzles 2, Katakana 3, Hamiko 4.
6-4.10, S.A.L-L&C/PAK-EVOLT-REPELEC BENCHMARK 60, 1600m: SCOONER 1, Mosaytion 2, Alliterate 3, Lippy And Pearls 4.
7-4.45, CLIPSAL SCHNEIDER BENCHMARK 65, 1350m: VANILOQUIO 1, Chicago Stomp 2, Love Me Baby 3, Stradance 4.
8-5.25, KINGRAY-LEDVANCE-PSA-CABAC CLASS TWO, 1200m: ANOTHER AAN 1, Niccobelle 2, Bakslap 3, Bogie 4.
Best Bets: Call The Coppers, Vaniloquio.