Watch for the Terry and Glenys Chmiel stable to maintain their winning feeling when the New Zealand Cup Carnival comes around in a fortnight.
The Leeston husband and wife duo, who nailed three winners in three days this past long weekend, will have several stable representatives line up during Cup Week.
And (Terry) Chmiel said two of those winners - Oh Nova and Hi Jinx - were the stable’s best chances come Cup Week.
Hi Jinx and Starlet Lavra impressed when winning at Addington Raceway last Friday night, while Oh Nova was a classy victor at Ashburton on Monday.
The stable has now won eight races, placed six times and netted more than $50,000 in purses this season. The Chmiels are poised to surpass their career best 27 wins set last season.
“We’ve hit a real good patch at present and I’ve a got a feeling there are a few more winners around the corner. We hope the form carries on when the higher stakes are up for grabs during Cup Week. Oh Nova has been in superb form.
“She has won three of her six starts for us this season and more than $20,000 and at this early stage is leading the Jewels,” said co-owner Chmiel who works a team of 20 - “with room for more”.
Glenys Chmiel settled the 4-year-old Diedre Don mare back in the field and was sixth at the bell. She then got a drag into the race at the 800m via the three-wide train thanks to U Dream and Craig Thornley.
In the straight Oh Nova’s four-wide run was too brisk for Pyramid Monarch and Yelande, who finished a neck and 5-1/2 lengths away.
Oh Nova trotted the $10,000, 2400m mobile in 3:04.5 (mile rate: 2:03.7) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 59.1 and 29.2. It was her third win in seven lifetime starts and she was the $4.30 third favourite.
That win came 10 days after she won at Addington.
“She’ll be suited by the two-mile race on Cup Day. She just keeps getting stronger and stronger and never seems to get tired. That’s why the long distance will suit her,” Chmiel said.
Hi Jinx, who possesses high speed, should also go well in his next few starts.
“If he’s anywhere near them turning for home he’s got the sprint to get past them. He went well the other night. His acceleration won him the race. It was his first race since May. I’ve got a lot of time for him,” 37-year-old Chmiel said.
Chmiel (Terry) asked the 4-year-old black Christian Cullen gelding for an effort at the 800m and by the far turn had put several lengths on his 13 opponents.
The $2.90 favourite won by five lengths, pacing the 2600m mobile in 3:12.9 (mile rate: 1:59.3) with 800m and 400m final sprints of 56.6 and 27.7.
The Chmiels other winner this past weekend was Jereme’s Jet 4-year-old mare Starlet Lavra, who notched up her third win in five starts this season, and fifth overall.
“We bought her as a 2-year-old off the Butts. The Jereme’s Jets seem to need time and this mare is proof of that. Her best is still to come I think,” Chmiel said.
Starlet Lavra and (Terry) Chmiel were also easy winners pacing their 1609m (mile) event in 1:58.1. Last 800m: 56.6. Last 400m: 26.9.
Chmiel said other Cup Week starters would include Buy Chevron Direct, Angus T Jones and Dynamic Party, who will line up in the C1 final.
He rated Angus T Jones third best behind Oh Nova and Hi Jinx.
“He is back from a minor leg injury and I expect him to have a big year. He won three races last season,” Chmiel said.
By Duane Ranger
Published 29 October 2013