Apr 11, 2018
It is never easy to salute at debut as did Island Daze at Kyneton a few weeks ago and it is harder still to head straight to town and win again... but that is just what the promising three-year-old did at Sandown on Wednesday.
So impressive at her first start that she was sent out favourite despite the rise in class, Island Daze began well to take her place outside the leader and was always travelling well for Luke Nolen who holds the bay in high regard.
"I really helped that she jumped as well as she did as it gave me free rein to ride her how we wanted," he said.
Noting that Island Daze was tough to the line, Nolen added that "she is untapped at this stage and she may well even appreciate a longer journey in time. She has a bright future."
Michael Kent meanwhile was very happy to win a VOBIS race having with Island Daze's first win coming in a bonus free race. There is good money on offer for the qualified horses so when asked where the horse will head next he quickly said "another VOBIS race thanks!"
"She did a good job today," he said. "She carried 59.5kg which is a nice effort for a three-year-old filly. I like the way she keeps lengthening in the run home, that is a trait of the Written Tycoon breed and I think it is their main strength."
Kent is rather fond of Island Daze, a filly who he says "never lets me down."
"She has always been consistent, always done the job in all her work, all her trials - she is always workmanlike."
Congratulations to Island Daze's happy owners Richard May, Jill Cocks and TPS Racing (manager David Gillies).