YOUNG Adam Azzie is always a pleasure to interview and with his father and training partner Michael chirping that he’s quite happy that the press “doesn’t aggravate him anymore”, we took the opportunity to ask Adam about the stable’s recent hot form.
Adam commented: “Our horses have turned the corner going into Autumn but it’s not really a major form turnaround and we’re doing the same things, working hard, looking at each individual to see what we can improve. I’d say it’s more a question of having found the right races for some of our runners recently.
“It’s ever easy to pick races from what’s available for certain runners, but sometimes things do fall into place and when you’re lucky they fall into place on the same day and you can send out doubles and trebles on one card.”
Adam touched on Tuesday’s Vaal winner Flying Fable, who shouldered top weight without fuss in a MR84 Handicap on the straight mile at the Vaal. “Flying Fable won in the manner we expected her to win. She’s a filly with plenty of talent but she’s had issues and as you’ve seen she is lightly raced as a result.
“She’s improved and matured, we’ve had an opportunity to take our time with her thanks to support from Maine Chance Farms and now she appears to be over her niggles. She can go on from here.”
The Azzie’s posted a treble at Turffontein last Saturday and Adam discussed the winners.
San Fermin (AUS), got the ball rolling with a half-a-length success over 1200m, accounting for Blonde Vision and Regal Graduation. This was her fourth win from 10 career runs, very good as it is but disappointing to those who thought she’d be a feature winner by now.
Adam assessed: “When San Fermin won her debut we thought she was a star, but her form has been patchy since. The thing is, she is very talented, she gets to a peak but she loses it quickly. Our job has been to get her to her best and then keep her there as long as
possible and find the right race for her.
“We think we have San Fermin figured out now, and she’s a filly that can pick up a stakes race at the right place and time.
Orpheus stayed on strongly to defeat Gimme Hope Johanna in a MR84 Handicap over 1450m and Adam said: “Orpheus seems at his happiest
around 1400m and he enjoys the inside track, so we’ll keep him here for the time being, it works for him.”
Orpheus’ half-sister Fife was considered one of the better best on the card, she duly obliged with an easy 1.50-length win over 1600m. “Mrs Rupert gave us time with this one, she needed it and we’ll put her away for winter so she can mature more. We’d love to get some black type for a daughter of Stratos and she could be a black-type filly, in time.”
Adam noted that Russian Prince, the up-and-coming three-year-old Potala Palace sprinter, and the seasoned seven-year-old star Will Pays were the yard’s best contenders for feature spoils this winter.