Segenhoe looks for bragging rights in Scone two-year-old races
Segenhoe boss Kevin Maloney loves to see his colours at the Scone meeting and is out to take a two-year-old double on Friday and Saturday.
Nick The Skip reaches his target race, of a year, in Friday’s Inglis Challenge, while there are high hopes for Pretty In Pink in the Woodlands Stakes on Saturday.
Home turf: Segenhoe boss Kevin Maloney is hoping for success at Scone.
“It is a great weekend and you like to have a winner or two, if not in the colours, ones we have bred,” Maloney said. “You go to this meeting and everyone from the stud is there and looking for bragging rights in a sense.
“We always buy one or two at the Scone sales for the race on Friday and have won it with Voodoo Lad in the past. We paid $56,000 for Nick, which is not bad value considering he is an I Am Invincible."
The Inglis Scone sales take place on Sunday and Monday with almost 300 yearling on offer which can chase the $100,000 race in 12 months time.
“You can find some nice horses at that sale and when we go there we are looking for the winner of this race," Maloney said. "It would be nice to win it again.
“Pretty In Pink was one we couldn’t sell at Easter last year and decided to keep. She looks like she is all right.
"Granny Red Shoes isn’t coming down so it's all on her for us on Saturday, although we sold Witherspoon, so if we can’t win we hope it would be her.”
His trainers, Rod Northam for Nick The Skip, and John O’Shea for Pretty In Pink, know what is at stake for Segenhoe.
Northam is Segenhoe's chosen trainer for the Inglis Challenge and has “had a horse every year” for Segenhoe after preparing Voodoo Lad.
Nick The Skip has had two runs to prepare, beating only one home at Muswellbrook on debut before being beaten a length at Tamworth by Fearless Al, a rival again on Friday.
“He is not in the Voodoo Lad class but he is a very nice horse and will really be suited by his home track with the big straight,” Northam said. "He didn't enjoy the tight track at Tamworth and he has improved since.
“I have had a bit of luck in this race, winning four times, and hopefully he can make it five.”
Maloney is looking forward to Pretty In Pink, an impressive winner at Gosford on Anzac day, taking the step up to listed company.
“You take them home from the sales and hope for the best. John likes her and she won well at her first start,” Maloney said.
O’Shea knows Pretty In Pink is taking a big step from Provincial racing to listed company.
"I would have liked her to draw a bit better [than gate 10], so it is a good test for her before going for a spell," O'Shea said.
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