Myamira a mystery first-up

SCONE trainer Rod Northam rates his talented mare Myamira an unknown quantity when she resumes from a break in today’s $35,000 Isis Motel Sky Racing Gold Cup (1600m) at Scone.

“I have never started her first up over 1600 metres so we are stepping in to the unknown,” Northam said.

“However she is well and she has had plenty of work leading into this race.”

Northam was forced to send Myamira to the paddock after she ran fifth, beaten three and a half lengths, in Saturday class at Rosehill on October 13.

“She had a bit of a cough after that race so I put her straight into the paddock but only for three weeks,” Northam said.

“She has been back in work since then and recently I stepped up her workload. 

“This is a pretty handy field she will be up against but sixteen hundred metres is around her favourite distance.

“She has a good first-up record but always off a long break and over a shorter distance.” 

Dale Spriggs takes over on the mare, with regular rider Robert Thompson riding at Canterbury.

Northam also runs Bella Filante  and Out On A Limb  at today’s TAB meeting.

Out On A Limb is a first emergency but last-start winner Bella Filante jumps from barrier six in the first race of the day, the Coolmore Home Of Champions Benchmark 65 Handicap (1300m).

A five-year-old daughter of Filante, she has won two of her last three starts at Warren and Dubbo and comes off a last- start fifth at Canterbury where she was beaten less than three lengths.

She will be ridden by Daniel Northey.

Fellow Scone trainer Luke Griffith says his best suggestion regarding Kwilas Law (in the Isis Motel Sky Racing Gold Cup) is to take him in quinellas, trifectas and multiples.

Kwilas Law has run seconds at his past three starts and has a career record of 22 second placings.

“I can’t call him a frustrating horse because he always tries hard,” Griffith said.

“He just keeps running into one better and he strikes a very handy field in this race.”

The interesting runner is the Grant Allard-trained Shadow Me which will be ridden by his comeback apprentice Jake Hull.

Shadow Me was switched to Allard midway through this year after an 18-month break and since July has had 10 starts for three wins, all at Gosford and three placings at Gosford and Wyong.

She goes into this race on the back of a luckless sixth at Wyong eight days ago after being tightened for room in the straight.

Hull, who has ridden 84 winners from 660 rides, was forced to step down from riding earlier this year because of weight problems.

He resumed riding at Muswellbrook earlier this month and is yet to boot home a winner after only a handful of rides.

“Jake deserves success,” Allard said.  “He is  a talented rider and has worked so hard to get his weight back down.

“He still has some work to do but he is committed.”

ISIS MOTEL SKY CUP MARKET: 7-2 Kwilas Law, 5-1 Shadow Me, Myamira, Timely Kiss, 7-1 Shadow Buster, 10-1 Scussy Moola, Khamsin Warrior, 12-1 Beaveroo, Big Be, 16-1 Sharbougg.