Text'N Hurley too good again at Caulfield

Aug 17, 2013

Top jockey Craig Williams says Text’N Hurley was “definitely” up to stakes races in the coming week after her steered her to a game win in Saturday’s RSL Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.

Text’N Hurley stretched her winning run to three after the mare posted a big win from back in the field in a Bendigo maiden on July 10 before settling midfield for her first city victory at Caulfield on July 27.

Jockey Craig Williams took Text’N Hurley out of her comfort zone to have her travelling close to the speed at her first start over a mile but the move turned out to be the winning one.

The daughter of Hard Spun hit the front at the top of the straight but failed to put a gap on her opposition as she did at her previous outing. The Darren Weir-trained Bia Diamond headed Text’N Hurley with 125 metres to travel but the four-year-old dug deep to regain the lead close to the post.

“The other one actually passed me,” Williams said. “At the 100 or 75 (metres), Ben Melham’s horse actually got past me but in the last 10 strides, I was confident that we’ve actually got back and got in front.

“She was also in an unfamiliar role for her, which was dominating up on pace. In that type of race from that draw, we thought that would be the right option.

“Once she got there, I thought she was going to quicken and be a lot sharper and get away from the other horse. She still ran really good time and she keeps winning.

“She’s definitely black type. What type of black type, I don’t know, I’ll leave that up to (trainer) Colin (Little) but she’s definitely black type.”

 Little said he would look for a suitable stakes race for Text’N Hurley in the early part of the spring. The trainer said the search could take in races at 2000 metres or beyond for the promising galloper.

“She’s a really laid back filly in the stable. She’s very happy and doesn’t knock herself around,” Little said. “It’s a matter of whether we stop her now for the autumn as it comes around reasonably quickly or we keep going.

“We’ll probably find another one for her, it’s hard to turn them out when they are winning.I’m sure she’ll get 2000 metres in time but where we go from here, it’s hard to know.”

Text’N Hurley banked another $48,000 for her latest success, her third in five starts, taking her prizemoney tally to more than $149,000.

Congratulations to Text’N Hurley’s owners on their latest success.

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