Oliveira’s advice key to success

Alex Oliveira will be keeping close tabs on Deerfield, who will be out to complete a hat trick of wins at Awapuni tomorrow.

Cambridge trainer Alex Oliveira can take some of the credit for the emergence of talented Foxton-trained Deerfield.

Deerfield will be chasing a hat trick of wins when he contests the L.J. Hooker Premier, a rating 72 1400m at Awapuni tomorrow, having followed up a debut second at Wanganui last month with wins at Awapuni and Trentham over 1200m and 1400m respectively.

Deerfield, a son of Falkirk bred by the Dennis brothers of Southland, began his career at Cambridge with Oliveira, who produced him for two educational trials in May 2017 before back problems delayed his raceday debut.

“His owner lives in Hong Kong and he (Deerfield) had been up at Alex Oliveira’s in Cambridge and he had him since he was a yearling,’’ said trainer Chris Bambry,

‘’He had a few back issues, but they always thought he could gallop.

“He kept going sore on them so Alex actually recommended he come down here because we have the water treadmill.

“He was fit when he came down and we gave him a trial and a jumpout before his race and he won them both. I had him probably eight weeks before his first start for us. He hasn’t really looked back since.”

If ever there was an ambassador for the benefits of the Bambry family’s water treadmill Deerfield is certainly it.

Bambry said the post-race routine is fairly straight-forward and Deerfield has continued to flourish since his last-start win at Trentham.

“He does the majority of his work on the water treadmill and he has only been ridden twice since his last win,” she said.

“That seems to be working for him and keeping the weight off his back seems to be the key to it.”

Bambry has elected to keep Deerfield stepping through the grades and opted for the Rating 72 event over a Listed race on the same program, believing the chestnut still has plenty of room for improvement.

“His coat probably isn’t quite there yet and he is still very green and he doesn’t know a lot,” she said. “He is basically like a three-year-old running in a five-year-old body. There is plenty of room for improvement in him and I think he will probably get up to a mile.

“We will just take each race as it comes and hopefully he can get through the grades.

“He is a great advertisement for the water treadmill. We pre-train a few and do a lot of rehab work, but it shows that once they are fit it can really keep them at that peak fitness level.”

Bambry will also have an eye on the fortunes of a recent water treadmill beneficiary, Platinum Invador, who contests the Gr.2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) in Sydney tomorrow.

“We have some really good clients that continue to use it,” Bambry said.

“Lisa Latta, Lincoln Farm and Neville McAllister are good supporters and it is great that Lisa entrusted us with the likes of Platinum Invador and (NZ Oaks winner) Sentimental Miss, who just went back to the stable this morning.’’