Trainer looks for another win from well-bred gelding
VALTARI is bred to be a topline stayer but while the gelding hasn't reached those lofty heights, Murwillumbah trainer Neville Boyle hopes he can record another win at the Lismore Turf Club today.
By Nothin' Leica Dane out of Lady Peregrine, the five-year-old is a full brother to Leica Falcon, which burst on to the scene in 2005 by finishing a close-up fifth in the Caulfield Cup and fourth in the Melbourne Cup.
The stayer came the way of Boyle from David Hayes.
It was decided early this year Valtari would be better trained in the country where, as Boyle puts it, "trained as an individual rather than in the big system."
Boyle has just two horses in work.
He describes the gelding as "a lovely big horse".
"He's a lovely, well-bred animal," he said.
"He's had a few foot problems in the past and likes the sting out of the ground.
"He won't stretch out properly on hard tracks."
Boyle has managed to win two races with the powerful galloper.
And, judging by his excellent last-start narrow defeat when runner-up to Moringa's Stroller over 1530m at his home track on December 11, Valtari has his hoof right on the till for another win.
He stormed home last start and according to Boyle has pulled up well, and stepping up in distance is a definite plus.
"He's great at the moment," Boyle said.
"The 1500 metres last time was a walk in the park for him. It was only a hop, skip and jump.
"He has a great motor. He just lacks that killer instinct at times. He's happy to run in the pack sometimes."
Unlike most staying type horses which grind out the long work for residual fitness, Boyle trains Valtari more like a 1200m horse.
"I try to keep him underdone," Boyle said.
"He's better on the fresh side so he wants to run through a brick wall. He's clean-winded and you don't have to do much with him."
Valtari will line up in the Somerville Laundry Lomax Benchmark 60 Hcp (2100m) with Nigel Seymour in the saddle.