Jul 14, 2012
Group One plans have been kept alive for debut winner Turnley and the Golden Rose could become a realistic target with victory at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The Clarry Conners-trained Turnley easily accounted for a small field at the provincials and he'll be tested in town in the Vale Geoff White Handicap (1200m).
Conners opted for the city assignment over a trip to Grafton this week and he said the gelding's performance would go a long way towards deciding if he'll play a part in the spring carnival.
"I think he's got a bit of a future," Conners said.
"He beat nothing (on debut) and has got a long way to go but I think he's a nice horse."
Turnley was one of 177 horses paid up for at the first acceptance stage for September's Group One Golden Rose (1400m) and Conners said that could be one spring option.
"I'm just going to see what happens on Saturday," Conners said about plans for the gelding.
"It's a big rise in class for him on Saturday and then I'll work out what I'll do with him.
"He might have a little break for a couple of weeks and then come back, but that will all depend on what he does."
Turnley faced just three rivals when taking out an 1100m Wyong maiden by 6-1/2-lengths on a heavy track.
Conners' three Warwick Farm runners are in the first three races with three-year-old Raleigh chasing a third-straight win in the Pluck @ Vinery Handicap (1600m).
He has won at Kembla and Hawkesbury this campaign.
Raleigh is out of Pontal Lass who Conners trained to Group One success in the Flight Stakes in 1995.
Our Girl Charlize drops back to her own age in the Vale Bob Rowland-Smith Handicap (1300m) after taking on mares in her past two start.