More to be said about mare

Cambridge four-year-old Say No More stamped herself as a mare with a bright future when winning at Ellerslie today.

The daughter of Pentire met some talented opponents in the NZ Herald Rating 85 1400, but proved a class above her rivals when she strode clear over the final stages to score by a length and a half from the favourite, Shanghai Bound. The latter looked a big chance to win when issuing his challenge midway down the home straight, however Say No More changed into another gear and pulled away again.

Say No More has now won three of her seven starts and been placed second on a further three occasions. Her only “miss” was fresh-up this campaign when she finished an unlucky seventh behind leading Railway Stakes candidate Durham Town at Ellerslie on October 22.

“She should have won that day at Ellerslie,” said trainer Paul Duncan in the leadup to today’s success. “She’s always shown plenty of ability and I’d like to think she could run in something like the Duoro Cup at Trentham.”

Duncan has nominated Say No More for the Group I Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile at the same Trentham meeting on January 28 and the manner in which the
mare won today suggests she could be a realistic lightweight prospect for that 1600-metre feature.

Today’s win capped two second placings — over 1200 at Tauranga and 1400 at Trentham — and the way she completed her 1400-metre task suggests she should easily handle 1600 or even further.