Bright future for Skyweka

Michael McNab gains his second win of the day at Trentham on Skyweka. Earlier he won on 107/1 shot Libetto.

Michael McNab gains his second win of the day at Trentham on Skyweka. Earlier he won on 107/1 shot Libetto.

Skyeweka registered her best performance with an emphatic win in yesterday’s Duoro Cup at Trentham, but trainer Tony Pike is convinced she is still a year away from being at the peak of her powers.

The rangy daughter of Pentire destroyed her rivals over the concluding stages of the John Turkington Forestry/Black Sticks-sponsored 1600-metre contest suggesting a bright future lies ahead for the four-year-old mare.

After settling a clear last of the 11 runners, Skyweka was always travelling comfortably as the Michelle Payne-ridden Caramac set up a solid tempo in front.

Rider Michael McNab eased Skyweka off the fence as the field turned for home, angling for a run at the 200 and the mare dashed to the front to put the result beyond doubt in just a few strides.

Skyweka won by two lengths with a blanket finish for the minor placings with her stablemate Nomisma finishing sixth after racing in restricted room over the concluding stages.

“She was very impressive and without doubt it was the best performance of her career so far,” said Pike. “It was a big test for her as she was stepping up to that grade for the first time and took on some pretty promising types.

“The Duoro Cup is always a tough race to win as it does tend to attract the next batch of up-and-coming stars so to get the win is very satisfying.”

Pike was quick to acknowledge the best is still to come from Skyweka, who was registering her fourth win from just nine starts.

“I still think she is at least 12 months away from her best but she is an exciting prospect,” he said.

“She has gone from strength to strength and I would expect at this time next year she will be ready to take on elite company if she keeps making that type of progress.

“She was off the bit in the early stages of this one which tends to suggest she will be looking for further in the future. I would think she could well be a cups contender in the spring.”

Pike was also delighted with the run of Nomisma, who was hemmed up on the rail for most of the run home.

“She probably needs to be out in the open and rolling to produce her best,” he said. “It was the first time she had been stuck on the rail like that and she didn’t really see daylight at any stage.

“I think if you reversed the runs the result may have been different as she is also a very promising galloper.”

NZ Racing Desk