Miller’s pearl chasing four straight

New Plymouth candidate Te Toro Pearl has thrived for trainer John Miller.

Cambridge trainer Jon Miller has no hesitation in rating his emerging filly Te Toro Pearl as at least the equal of past stable star Dasoudi.

 The Bullbars three-year-old will shoot for her fourth consecutive win in tomorrow’s Seaton Park 1400 at New Plymouth and her winning streak has got Miller excited.

Dasoudi ranks as Miller’s previous best galloper, having split Group One winners Booming and Eileen Dubh when second in the 2011 Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham. She also finished an unlucky third to Keep The Peace and Wall Street in the Gr.1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki two starts later.

“Early on, Dasoudi won two in a row and was then beaten a neck then won her next start, but until Te Toro Pearl, I hadn’t had one that had won three in a row,” said Miller.

“I think she’s probably as good as Dasoudi, too – and maybe a little bit better.”

Raced by Keith and Craig Pennell, Te Toro Pearl was placed in her first two trials before finishing sixth on debut at Te Aroha, her only defeat in four starts.

“In her second trial at Cambridge she sat 10-wide and only got beaten a head, and I began to gallop her with Waipipi Lad as a mate and she was not only keeping up but beating him,” said Miller.

“I said to the guys ‘if she lives up to her trials and trackwork, we’re going to have a bit of fun’.

“She has surprised me, though, just how quickly she has come to it. I’d have been happy to get one win out of her in her first preparation.”

Millar was delighted with the improvement Te Toro Pearl has made through each of her runs and her courage in overcoming tough runs on heavy tracks to record wins at New Plymouth, Avondale and Tauranga leading into Saturday’s race.

“She’s in great order going into this one, too,” said Miller. “She’s jumping out of her skin.

“Four in a row will be hard, but as long as she kicks on and does what she’s been doing, she should be competitive. She handles these heavy tracks.”

Safely through tomorrow’s race, Miller intends continuing to take Te Toro Pearl through the grades with a view to stepping her up to better company next preparation.

Miller will have two runners at tomorrow’s meeting with Waipipi Lad tackling the Sinclair Electrical And Refridgeration 1800 after the Mr Nancho gelding’s Te Rapa target of the 1600-metre open handicap was canned through lack of entries.

“He got taken on the whole way at Te Rapa last time so it was a tough run, but he never gave it away,” said Miller.

“He’s better off left to his own devices in front and if he’s out in front bowling along on Saturday, he’ll be a chance.”

Miller, a former accountant, is looking forward to the new season with a promising young team coming through as he approaches a year since shifting base from South Auckland to Cambridge last September.

However, Miller has lost the services of his Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) runner-up Prince Of Passion, who has transferred stables with a view to a possible Australian campaign.

– NZ Racing Desk.