James heading south full of spirit

Cambridge trainer Roger James will stage a five-pronged attack on Wellington Cup day at Trentham on Saturday.

Heading the stable’s representation will be Full Of Spirit in the Group I $200,000 Harcourt’s Thorndon Mile, while the other hopefuls are Future King, The Terminator, Le Moussier and Wairaka.

“They’re all going well and should be good chances,” said James. “They should appreciate the big roomy track.”

Full Of Spirit rates a big chance in the Thorndon Mile on the strength of her last-start second to Miss Pelear in the Group II Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.

“She’s a tough mare and takes racing well,” said James, who will be attempting to notch his second Thorndon Mile win, having won it with outsider Machavelli Miss.

Full Of Spirit will be ridden again by former stable apprentice Vinnie Colgan, who will also be aboard the exciting Future King in the Dominion Post Premier 1200.

Future King is held in high regard by James and was considered a prospect for last weekend’s Group I Telegraph Handicap at Trentham, but failed to make the field.

“He needed to win his last start to be a rough chance of getting in the Telegraph,” said James. “His work has been very good and he looks terrific.”

Future King hasn’t finished further back than third in five starts and he followed up his second win at Ellerslie on December 1 with a close second to Huffer on the same track last time.

The Terminator, to be ridden by Darryl Bradley, and Le Moussier, the mount of Kelly Myers, will clash in the Virginia Turner Summer Cup.

The Terminator capped some improved efforts with a decisive win over 2200 metres at Woodville, while Le Moussier went a useful race in the City Of Auckland Cup.

Wairaka, who will also be ridden by Bradley, will contest the Stella Artois Premier 2300 and ran on late for fourth at Ellerslie last start. “Since he won at Matamata fresh-up, he has run two nice races,” said James.