No summer in Brisbane but joy at home

Summer's Day (Danielle Johnson) beating Underthemoonlight  (nearest camera) at Ellerslie today.

Summer’s Day (Danielle Johnson) beating Underthemoonlight (nearest camera) at Ellerslie today.

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike was cheering from afar when Summer’s Day continued her outstanding run of form with a hard fought win in today’s Edwards Sound Chairman’s Trophy Handicap at Ellerslie.

“She’s flying and she’s just such an honest mare,” he said. “She’s doing a great job and she’s tough. She was clearly headed and fought back.”

Summer’s Day answered every call from rider Danielle Johnson inside the closing 200 metres to rally for a half-head victory at the expense of Underthemoonlight.

“She’ll probably run next in the Listed Tauranga Stakes in three weeks,” said Pike. “She can have a spell after that and then come back for the spring.”

Pike is in Brisbane where he has now been put in a quandary over which Group One feature to contest with his smart filly Provocative.

Provocative is guaranteed a run in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks, but she is no certainty to take her place.

Heavy rain in Brisbane forced the abandonment of today’s meeting at Eagle Farm and the fillies’ feature has now been rescheduled for seven days.

“The Oaks and the Derby will be on the same day so I’ll have a chat with the owners about which way we go,” said trainer Tony Pike.

“She will be in the Oaks field as Leon McDonald’s horse (Beluga Blue) definitely won’t be running. There’s a bit of water to go under the bridge yet and she’ll have a gallop on Tuesday and we’ll make a decision after that.”

Raced by Robin Peel-Walker and Mark Wyborn, Provocative has won three of her six outings including a last-start success at Ipswich.

– NZ Racing Desk.