Picture: Querari filly Heritage Ridge drew plenty of admiration at a Turf Talk Syndicate breakfast at the Milnerton yard of Paul Reeves this morning (Friday)
The two Turf Talk Syndicate fillies to be trained by Paul Reeves arrived at his Milnerton yard on Wednesday and he said today, “They are two smashing fillies and I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to train them.”
The syndicate members gathered for a breakfast at the yard this morning (Friday) to meet the two girls, a Querari filly called Heritage Ridge who is out of a one time-winning full sister to Gr 1 Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa (Tiger Ridge), and a Duke Of Marmalade filly called Garden Of Eden, who is out of a one time-winning Var mare and she is a half-sister to six-time winner Chatterton’s Keeper (Traffic Guard).
Paul said, “The two fillies are very correct, they’re strong and they both move really well. I can’t favour one above the other right now. Everybody’s fell in love with the Querari but I’m not going to write off the Duke Of Marmalade either, the way she moves. She is obviously going to take a bit longer being a Duke Of Marmalade, but she’s a very, very nice filly. Lovely mover and will go over ground. The Querari is smashing. She’s also got a beautiful shoulder, she’s a nicely put together filly and she’ll come a bit quicker.”
He concluded, “But two smashing fillies, both have good size, good bone, you can’t fault these horses. The first thing I do when I go to the sales is I look at horses and mark them down from perfect by taking points off for slightly skew legs or over the knee or turns in, turns out, weak shoulder or weak behind etc … you can’t minus jack from these two fillies! They’re beautiful, beautiful animals and I think if these two were on the last two-year-old Cape Racing Sales sale I think they would have gone for some big money, especially on pedigree.”
Paul said both fillies were still quite heavy and his task now was to turn the fat in to muscle.
The two fillies will dictate to him when they are ready, although he estimated the Querari might be able to run in about two-and-a-half months time.
The syndicate members were all most impressed by the fillies too.
Below are more photographs of the gathering this morning:
Heritage Ridge below: