Hopeful of Thorndon Mile start

Cambridge trainer Paul Duncan (pictured) is hoping for some dropouts from Saturday week’s Group I Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at Trentham.

Duncan is keen to tackle the race with his very promising mare Say No More, who completed a double when racing away with the Jim Skou Memorial (1600m) at Awapuni last Saturday.

“She holds a nomination for the Thorndon Mile and we’ll have to see whether she scrapes in or not,” said Duncan. “The other option is the Duoro Cup on the same day.”

Say No More, a winner of four of her eight starts and runner-up on three occasions, has climbed to equal 22nd on the order of entry into the Thorndon Mile after last weekend’s effort. She has a rating of 88 in a field headed by the 104 raters Hold It Harvey and Platinum Princess.

Say No More, a four-year-old daughter of Pentire, began racing at Paeroa last February with a debut win over 1150 metres and during that campaign she had two further runs, each a month apart, for a win over 1400 metres at Hastings and a second to the promising Appiel at Te Aroha in a three-year-old 1400.

Duncan did not start Say No More again for six months, her fresh-up run being at Ellerslie on October 22 when she was a desperately unlucky seventh to Durham Town. She was blocked for much of the run home and got out too late.

Say No More was nabbed late by Payette in her next start, at Tauranga, and chased home another Cambridge galloper, Royal Queen, at Trentham before recording her third win when taking a Rating 85 1400 metres at Ellerslie.

Rosie Myers, who won last Saturday’s Gallagher Marton Cup, was aboard Say No More in her most recent win. Her other ride on the rising star was when winning second-up at Hastings last year.

Duncan was full of praise for Myers’ display on Say No More last Saturday. “It was a perfect ride from Rosie,” he said. “The mare has certainly improved and the big advantage is she is getting away well and able to put herself in a good position.”

Say No More’s win came at the expense of the Stephen Marsh-trained Savour The Moment, who was beaten two and a quarter lengths.

Say No More 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.