PROMISING pacer Winterfeel is expected to continue his rise through the grades when he contests a Major Bronski Spring Challenge heat at Globe Derby on Saturday night.
A revelation since arriving in South Australia, Winterfeel has won 16 of his 22 starts – with two seconds also to his credit – for co-trainers Jake Webster and Aaron Bain.
Although thrilled with their acquisition, which has won his last five outings, the duo are trying to ‘keep a lid’ on their excitement.
“He has been a great buy,” Bain said. “One of the great things about him so far is we have been able to win four penalty-free races.
“We watched him race one night and thought he’d be a good horse to keep an eye on, then the next morning he was listed for sale and we snapped him up.
“He is loving it over here and is still lightly-assessed, so he should be able to win a few more yet.
“When he gets to C4-C5 we will get a better understanding of how he is going to handle the harder racing.”
As for his upcoming assignment, Winterfeel is poised to lead throughout the 1800-metre trip after drawing perfectly in barrier two.
Confident the son of Real Desire can extend his winning sequence, Bain cites former New Zealand mare Our Strawberry Miss as the biggest threat.
Successful at her two starts since crossing the Tasman, Our Strawberry Miss will begin from gate three.
“This will be a test for him as Our Strawberry Miss has looked impressive in her two starts here,” Bain said. “If he can find the top he is going to be very hard to run down.”
- PAUL COURTS