Speedy Grey lives up to name

Speedy Grey (Michael Coleman) proving far too good for his opposition at Te Aroha yesterday.

Speedy Grey (Michael Coleman) proving far too good for his opposition at Te Aroha yesterday.

Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan reaped a reward for a change of mind when Speedy Grey scored a dominant debut win at Te Aroha yesterday.

“Originally he was going to Hong Kong, but they decided to stay here and race him,” said Brennan after watching Speedy Grey cap off some good trials form with a two and three-quarter length win over Sacred Shot in the Goldpine Morrinsville 1400.

Brennan gave Speedy Grey his first trial at Te Teko in August last year with the result being a fourth, then the son of Thorn Park won his next trial, a couple of months later, again at Te Teko.

He then didn’t reappear until last April when finishing second at the Avondale trials, after which he again headed back to Te Teko and was second in a 1200-metre heat.

Again given a spell, Speedy Grey showed further improvement when second at the Te Aroha trials last month and it was his performance that day which persuaded Brennan he was ready for his raceday outing.

“We were really impressed by the way he hit the line and he was hard held when doing it,” said Brennan. “We thought if we came back on the same track and try and repeat that run.

“From last season to this season he’s strengthened a lot.”

Also noticing the improvement in Speedy Grey is rider Michael Coleman, who rode him in his last two trials and again yesterday.

“There has been obvious improvement with each outing,” said Coleman. “He was a bit dumb and lazy when I first rode him last autumn.

“I was a little bit worried about the draw (12 of 13), but he really flew the gates so I decided to press the button and go forward. Once he was there he dropped off and relaxed good in front and he showed a good kick.”

Speedy Grey was travelling well in front across the top stretch and even when his nearest rivals closed on him approaching the home turn he was never in doubt. He soon kicked clear and had a four-length advantage halfway down the straight and went to the line with plenty in reserve.

Speedy Grey is from the three-race winner, Udiditagain, who was a juvenile stakes-winner who was runner-up in the Gr.2 Ford Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Trentham.