Trelawney Stud's Two Illicit trialled over 1100m at Taupo on Wednesday and co-trainer Robert Wellwood was happy enough with what he saw.
Group One performer Two Illicit ran fifth in her heat behind multiple Group One winner Avantage.
While Wellwood, who trains in partnership with Roger James, would have liked to have seen Two Illicit tested more in her trial, he is pleased with her progress this preparation.
“I am happy enough with the way she went,” he said. “It would have been nice to see her get a bit of room and be able to extend out to the line and have a solid hit-out.
“She had a good blow, it was good to get her out here and we will just pick a path for her, we may need to give her an exhibition gallop now.
“Her early spring goals will be getting her down to Hastings for at least the second two days (of the Hawke’s Bay Spring Carnival). How we get there we will figure out over the next week or so.”
Wellwood said the dual Group Two winner has strengthened a lot since her autumn preparation.
“She has strengthened right up and looks immaculate,” he said. “Vinnie (Colgan, jockey) was very happy with the way she felt and she is coming up just as we had hoped.
“She is a mare who is going to excel once she gets to a mile plus.”
Wellwood was also happy with Group Three winner Concert Hall’s unplaced hit-out over 1100m and said she would take a lot of improvement from the run.
“It was her first trial for the season so a few of them were a bit sharp for her,” he said. “She had a nice blow and she will head back to the trials prior to heading to the races.
“She is going to come up nice and slowly and will be heading towards those cups races over the summer.”
Concert Hall was born and raised at Trelawney Stud for breeder/owner Joan Egan. – NZ Racing Desk