Indecision in countdown to Gold Trail

Indecision will be out to recapture this winning form she showed at Avondale when competing at Hastings on Saturday.

Indecision will be out to recapture this winning form she showed at Avondale when competing at Hastings on Saturday.

Indecision is the filly and that’s the feeling of trainer Tony Pike as he weighs up her prospects in the Gr. 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trial Stakes at Hastings on Saturday.

Though Pike believes the daughter of Per Incanto is well above average, he is reluctant to get carried away with her chances in the first leg of the NZ Bloodstock Filly Of The Year series.

“She’s a talented filly still very much learning so if this is coming up a touch soon we’re not sure,” said Pike. “If she gets a good trip she’s definitely got the ability to win.”

Indecision has drawn barrier 13 so a lot rests with rider Leith Innes to work her into a good position.

It will be Innes’ first raceday ride on Indecision, but he knows first-hand of her talent as he was aboard when she won her trial at Cambridge last May.

Indecision made her debut at Avondale over 800 metres a month after that trials win and with Danielle Johnson in the saddle she proved too smart for her rivals, scoring by a length and a quarter with a gap of nine lengths back to the third placegetter.

She was expected to be hard to beat again in her second start, at Ruakaka last month, but rider Michael McNab had no luck on her, finishing second-last of the eight runners.

After being slow away, she was held up in the run home and never really got a clear shot at the leaders.

“It was a little bit unfortunate she missed the kick that day,” said Pike. “She got caught back last on the fence and with the obvious kickback on the sand track she raced quite greenly as well.

“She also got into a bumping duel down the straight but finished it off okay. The 1000 at Ruakaka was a touch sharp her for.”

Since that Ruakaka appearance Indecision has pleased Pike in her trackwork.

“Her work has been exceptional and she will wear blinkers on Saturday,” he said. “If she’s competitive she’ll run in the (other) three-year-old fillies races through the spring.”

Pike will have two runners at the Hastings meeting, the other being Chenille, who will be ridden by Matamata apprentice Sam Weatherley when she resumes in the Bay Ford NZ Punter Of The Year 1400.

Chenille emerged as a smart stayer last season culminating with her win in the Listed Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup last April. That was her third win in her last four starts.

She has had a couple of trials to ready her for her return to racing and she has been nominated for the Gr. 3 NZ Cup on November 12.

Sunday at Pukekohe will see the reappearance of the Pike-trained Sacred Surfer, who impressed when winning on debut at Te Aroha last October and later campaigned in Australia, where three starts resulted in a best result of a second over 1350 metres last March.

Like Chenille, he has had a couple of quiet trials as readiness for his weekend mission, a Rating 65 1200 metres.