Metro Win for Nome
Mar 05, 2018
Dr Dean Andary admits to have had a restless day on Friday... "I didn't really know what to do with myself," he laughed, "I was very nervous."
The reason being that his much loved filly Metronome was racing at Moonee Valley that night, a promising daughter of Helmet that he bred and races with friend Russell Fynmore.
Strongly fancied having been a gallant second at her Moonee Valley debut a month previously, Metronome drew the outside gate of seven - ending up wide but always travelling well for stable apprentice Stephanie Thornton who was looking to outride her 3kg claim.
Which she did in style, keeping the long-striding still not quite mature filly balanced throughout - leaving plenty in the tank for the final stages with Metronome able to draw clear to win by 1 1/4 lengths after hitting the lead with 100m to go.
"She drew a little bit sticky and did not jump as well as I thought she would," Thornton reported, "but I was happy to keep her comfortable and keep creeping up towards them."
"Mick said to let her roll before the corner and that was definitely the key to her winning."
"She has been a tricky filly," Thornton continued. "I have had the pleasure of doing a lot of work on her, she can be temperamental at times but she has good ability, plenty of upside - and she is one of my favourites."
Describing Metronome as a filly of "all legs," Mick Kent noted that he had never really expected her to be an early comer - "but she does nothing wrong and keeps stepping up, she has coped with the preparation the whole way through."
"She has always been a natural and I am sure she will get better as she gets older."
The win was, Dr Andary said, "very special... absolutely fantastic!"
"The great job comes from the fact that we bred her and also raced her dam."
"She was a perfect foal, we've never had a moment's trouble with her and the breaker loved her."
Dr Andary and Russell Fynmore (whose brother Rob races Quilate with the stable) are looking forward to a crack at the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Breeders Plate at Flemington in a couple week's time and are confident of a bold showing - "she does everything honestly."
Also trained by Kent, Metronome's Mornington winning dam Chilean Miss is also dam of the two times winner Split The Atom. A half-sister to the stable's Listed winner The Huntress, she is back in foal to Metronome's sire Helmet, also having a yearling filly by him.