Spring is in the air at Lord Lodge

Aug 08, 2014

Last start Group 2 winner Text'n Hurley will begin her spring campaign in tomorrow's $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington with Chad Schofield to ride.

While Colin expects the 1200m of the Aurie's Star to be too short for Text'n Hurley, he has big spring plans for his mare and hopes she can emerge later in the spring as a Caulfield Cup chance.

A rising five-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, Text’n Hurley has progressed well so far winning five of her 12 starts and placing second or third in a further five of those runs.

She was last seen putting two and a half lengths on her closest rival Bippo No Bungus in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley back in March, an impressive and easy win after she came from last to first.

It was her victory there, and previous other indicators, that showed Colin he could have a genuine stayer on his hands.

Colin said "She relaxes beautifully and she doesn’t pull in her races and that is one of the main reasons we think that she’ll get a mile-and-a-half is her attitude.”

Colin is still planning an exact Caulfield Cup path for Text’n Hurley but thinks she will need a couple of lead-up runs over 2000m before the step up to a mile and a half for the Cup.

Let's hope the plans all fall into place and we see the exciting mare with a Group One to her name.