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Wagga preview: Trainer reveals Secret to his success

Punters will get to see an even better The Deepest Secret this time in as she kicks off a new preparation at Wagga on Monday.The Deep Field four-year-old mare ran a disappointing 10 lengths sixth at Goulburn on her debut run in May 2019 before a spell helped her improve at her second campaign where…

Punters will get to see an even better The Deepest Secret this time in as she kicks off a new preparation at Wagga on Monday.

The Deep Field four-year-old mare ran a disappointing 10 lengths sixth at Goulburn on her debut run in May 2019 before a spell helped her improve at her second campaign where she ran second to end it after two runs.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive gave her a long 29-week spell since that last run on the Sapphire Coast which was the last time she was seen publicly.

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On Monday she runs in the second race, a Maiden Plate (1200m), and Olive says punters should have confidence in her running well because she’s had a good grounding for Monday’s race.

“I think she’s come back super,” Olive said.

“She’s a big, strong mare who has come on a lot, mentally, off her break.

“She’s had a couple of jump outs and won the second one really well so I’m expecting her to go really well first-up.”

The Deepest Secret does have barrier 12 however and Richard Bensley rides her again after saddling her up at her previous two runs last time in.

She showed on both occasions that she can settle off the speed which his likely what she’ll do again on Monday rather than be driven forward and risk getting caught deep without cover.

“She’ll just find her feet and be where she has to be to get a nice run,” Olive said.

“I think she’s something about her and the penny is starting to drop now so hopefully she can be somewhere in the finish.”

Olive also runs Deputy Leader in the third race after he put in a disappointing run on debut last start when finishing last.

He needs to learn to calm down pre-race so he’s full of energy when it counts as the gates fly open.

“He fell to pieces at Canberra. He was sweating up two hours before the race and he drew wide and sat deep so it was a write-off run,” Olive said.

“He needs to improve.”

Meanwhile, Luke Pepper runs two horses on Monday he thinks can perform well.

Boho Chick goes around in the second race against The Deepest Secret and she’s drawn much better in barrier two after running second on debut last start at Albury.

She can sit right in behind the leader again or possibly take up the running from the draw.

“I’ve always had a good opinion of her,” Pepper said.

“She put in a really good run first-up and has drawn a good gate and steps out to 1200m so I’m really looking forward to seeing her on a big track.

“If she can run a similar race to the one she ran at Albury she’ll be very hard to beat.”

El Nieto is Pepper’s other runner in the fourth race and he’ll be coming home late.

“He’s first-up and probably finds these 1000m races a bit short at this time of his career so I’m expecting him to improve when he steps out to 1200m,” Pepper said.

BALLINA: TRAINER HOMES IN ON DOUBLE

Ballina trainer Peter Youngberry currently has just four horses in work but could easily lead in a double at home on Monday with the fighting on-pace pairing Stars Are Trumps and Cecsa.

Stars Are Trumps has placed at her last three starts in similar races but has to overcome a wide draw if she is to break her maiden status at start nine on Monday.

‘’She has drawn out in 17 but she is racing well and is well in herself so I am very happy with her,’’ Youngberry says.

‘’She has got a big heart and is quite a work in progress at the moment because she is still very immature. We’ll see a better horse when she comes back in next prep. She is a big, leggy sort of mare and it has just taken a while for everything to come to fruition.’’

Stars Are Trumps’ first two dams are by Golden Slippers winners namely Flying Spur and Rory’s Jester.

On top of that, she is from the same family as another Golden Slipper winner in Catbird.

‘’My uncle Greg bred her,’’ Youngberry said. “There is a fair bit of sentiment attached to this mare because she was one of the last that my uncle bred before he passed away and all his children are in the horse along with my cousins and their friends.’’

Cesca meanwhile was bred by Gerry Harvey and has an even more regal family than her stablemate in that her third dam is Isolda who is forever remembered for beating Octagonal in 1995 Champagne Stakes at Randwick.

‘’I have only given her three starts for a win, a second and a third since I bought her. I paid $4,500 for her and she has now earnt a bit over $17,000,’’ Youngberry said.

‘’She is a big strong mare and has drawn ideally in barrier six. Young Leah (Kilner) has ridden her in her three starts and she rides her well.

‘’She is a very tough mare. The day she won at Lismore something took her on and she just buried it, it ran last and won the race. She is very hard to get past.’’

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