By Tony Megahey
Tamworth training great Sue Grills continues to maintain the heat on a winning streak with four contenders at Friday’s TAB Moree Racing Club meeting, with two to be ridden by her in-form Korean apprentice Hyosik Lee.
Sue’s stable star Fickly Folly, a Group 3 placegetter, won brilliantly at Randwick last Saturday for Robert Thompson and is on target for bigger occasions. Sue landed a double at the Coonabarabran TAB Cup meeting, and her rising prospect Not a Princess could be city-bound after an impressive win for Hyosik at the TAB Tamworth meeting on Monday.
The stable is 'airborne' with numerous prospects emerging to have Sue challenging multiple Group winner, Paul Perry, for the North West training premiership.
“We’re having a really good run at the moment with some nice types coming through, and Fickle Folly has been set for a race at Rosehill on the 18th. She’s so exciting. The way she’s progressed and is settling now, there could be a big race in her.”
For now, Sue is concentrating on Moree and rates Hyosik highly amidst his six wins in rapid time for the stable, after a double at Grafton at his very first meeting over here.
“He can sure ride, don’t worry about that; we’ve had considerable success in a short time. He’s got a real sense of timing and super confident; not surprising as he’s had over 400 rides and 50 winners back home. So with that experience, his claim is a big asset.
“He rode a double at Grafton for me at his first meeting here and his stay is for three months. His English isn’t great just yet, but he communicates well enough and sure understands how you want a horse ridden.”
Lee rides Fading Mist in the Moree Post Office Hotel Maiden (950m): “I’ve only had her a few weeks, she’s first-up and is a nice mare with speed and forward enough; but the wide draw makes it hard.”
Sue’s best chance looks to be The Gun ridden by Lee in the Royal Hotel, Motel Moree Class 2 (1200m): “He's a really speedy and progressive type. Led in a harder maiden at Muswellbrook and then a really good maiden win when he missed the jump at Coonabarabran. He’s drawn a good gate and can go on with it.
"We’ve got As Yawood in the third; has been disappointing at his past two and has an awkward draw, but last prep won at Tamworth and was placed in a harder race at Scone.”
The stable has Drawn To You in race five: “She’s honest without winning and again a bad gate makes it hard.” Armidale trainer Paul Grills, a distant family cousin, has numerous strong chances.
Meanwhile, Sue says Moree’s spacious and long run home is “just beautiful”. On Friday the popular club will race on a good four rating.