Duncan – Myers Group One magic


Cambridge trainer Paul Duncan (pictured) unleashed his latest Group One star when Say No More trounced her opposition in the $200,000 Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham today.

It was the third Group One success on the Trentham track for Duncan and the second with Manawatu apprentice Rosie Myers aboard. The pair combined to win last year’s NZ Oaks with Midnight Oil, while back in 2003 Gary Grylls rode the Duncan-trained Oarsman to victory in the Wellington Cup.

What made Say No More’s performance even more meritorious was the fact the Group One win came in just her ninth start. And she has now amassed a fine record of five wins and three seconds.

“Really she has been unlucky not to have won a few of the other starts, too,” said Duncan. “She’s a good mare and I think the big thing is to get into these races with a lightweight and it makes a difference if they are on the way up like she is.”

Rosie Myers is unbeaten in three rides on Say No More and she gave the mare a perfect run in today’s 1600-metre feature. She had her travelling nicely behind the leading group and worked her off the inside to be out in a challenging position turning for home.

Once asked for an effort by Myers, Say No More quickly sprinted past the leaders and put a winning break on her opponents. At no stage in the run home did she look in danger of defeat and at the line she was comfortably clear of the under-rated Postman’s Daughter, who returned a place dividend of $9 despite being a last-start winner over the distance at Pukekohe.

Duncan was full of praise for Myers after the race. “It was a great ride from Rosie,” said Duncan. “She gave her every chance and she’s done that every time she’s ridden for me.”

Obviously Myers was bubbling with excitement after the race and she was thankful for Duncan and Say No More’s owners sticking with her. “It’s sensational,” said Myers. “That’s my second Group One win for Paul and it’s great riding for him. I’m so grateful to him and the owners for putting me back
on after Matt (Cameron) won on her at Ellerslie.”

Myers was pleased with Say No More throughout the running and was confident of being hard to beat turning for home. “It was just a matter of getting her out into the good ground,” said Myers. “She did it easily in the end.”

Say No More, who began racing 11  months ago, is raced by a syndicate which includes her breeders Terry Boys, Peter Harris and Brian Hutchison. She is from Our Lucy, a three-race winner in Australia and dam of seven winners including the Group III Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes runner-up Lucy Love.