McLeod tips Street Lass
BY nature, Grafton trainer Phil McLeod is reticent when it comes to putting a rap on his horses, young gallopers in particular.
“When they get up to Forestreno’s level then we’ll start talking,” McLeod insists.
Eight-year-old gelding Forestreno, a 13-time winner, runner-up to Battlefield in last year’s Ramornie and earner of $467,865 is a good benchmark.
On his home track today, McLeod will saddle up three-year-old filly Street Lass in The Albion Table Of Knowledge 3YO Maiden Plate (1100m).
Black Patch, part-owned by Dean Smith and McLeod’s stablehand Rick Cavanagh, goes around in the same event.
Street Lass has strong links to Forestreno. The filly is raced by Terrigal-based Gary Seymour and ‘Lucky’ Irene Anagnostou, part-owners of Forestreno and McLeod clients for more than two decades.
The filly (out of Arthur’s Lass) is also a half-brother of McLeod’s promising galloper Sam’s Gift, named after the late Sam Dougherty and raced by the Dougherty family and friends.
McLeod, who parted with Arthur’s Lass around three years ago, bred the filly.
At her only start, Street Lass finished runner-up to Show A Lion Heart at Lismore on July 6 last year.
“She’s been back in work about 13 weeks,” McLeod said. “In her first preparation she just wasn’t mature enough.
“I’ve given her time to develop. She needed to grow up.”
Street Lass has pleased McLeod with her progression.
“She’s a lovely big strong filly who has probably grown a full hand,” he added. “She’s still a bit silly but coming along good. I’m happy.
“She’s ready to race. Physically she’s good and hopefully, if she stays mentally right, she could turn out okay.”
Stable jockey Craig Franklin preferred to ride Black Patch with Darron Coleman aboard Street Lass.
“Black Patch is a tough thing, going good,” McLeod said. “How good we’ll get some idea tomorrow.”
One horse McLeod is prepared to put a rap on is promising stayer Tzanann, who resumes in the Grafton Gas & Plumbing Benchmark 50 Handicap (1100m).
The four-year-old, part-owned by Grafton’s Greg Harvison and Mark Harvison, was spelled after a sixth-start, 1600m maiden win on July 19.
“The most promising stayer I’ve had in my stable since Via Sinai,” McLeod said. “He can gallop.
“Down the track I’m hoping he can develop into aGrafton Cup horse.
“This preparation is all about teaching the horse.”
Santiara also resumes in the Grafton Gas & Plumbing Benchmark 53 Handicap (1100m).