Patient approach for Morell

Florence Jean - Trish Dunell
Florence Jean

Trish Dunell

Te Rapa trainer John Morell was pleased with Florence Jean’s trial win on his home track on Tuesday and is aiming at starting the four-year-old in a week’s time.

“I’m delighted with the way she looks at the moment,” Morell said. “She is finally starting to mature a bit and has a nice coat on her at the moment.

“Being close and handy we thought we would see where we were with her and get a bit of a line on her.

“We’re looking at going to New Plymouth for a rating 82 (1200m). If the track is too bad down there she will go to a (rating) 72 1200m at Avondale the same day.”

The Pins mare has had a bit of bad luck in her career-to-date but did manage to secure black-type when runner-up to Dijon Bleu in the Gr.3 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) last year.

“We had a few setbacks with her last year, so we’re just taking it day-by-day,” Morell said.

“She had issues with her front feet and she got a virus after the Gold Trail Stakes and we couldn’t chase that off for a month.

“When we finally got rid of that she felt the ground. We thought we had her right to take her to Ruakaka a couple of weeks ago and then she got a stone bruise on her back foot.

“She has got a bit of ability, sometimes those Pins mares need a bit of time. She looks like she will be competitive over 1200m or 1000m even.”


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