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Tiger Silk aiming for first stakes victory

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Pukekohe trainer Richard Collett is bullish about three-year-old filly Tiger Silk’s chances heading into the Listed Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes (1300m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

The daughter of All American has pleased her trainer in her last two starts, after disappointing when tailing the field home in the Listed Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, and he believes she can take that form into Saturday.

"She’s in really good order," Collett said. "I was really happy with her run last start (over 1200m at Ellerslie) and she won well the start before that, (over 1400m) here at Counties.

"We ran her again at Ellerslie the other day and brought her back from 1400 to 1200m, just because she was given a long time between races."

Tiger Silk ran on to finish sixth, but Collett was happy with the run considering she only found clear air late in the piece.

"She just never saw daylight, it was a good effort," he said. "She probably would have run second if she got clear earlier over 1200m.

"1300m on Saturday in Listed company, drawn five, I’m looking forward to it."

Enjoying The Show at Counties

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Enjoy The Show made a winning start to his race career, taking out the Splice Construction 1200 on debut at Counties on Thursday.

The two-year-old son of Showcasing jumped away well from the ace barrier to take the early lead for jockey Matthew Cameron, before handing up to the Peter and Dawn Williams-trained Well Chosen.

To the urges of Cameron, Enjoy The Show accelerated down the straight to regain the lead at the 150m mark and was able to hold out a fast-finishing Folk Dress to win by a long head.

Co-trainer Murray Baker was pleased with the win and said the colt is showing a lot of early promise.

"He’s a promising colt," he said. "He’s a Showcasing, they go well.

"He’s a half to a Rosehill Guineas winner and he has got a bit of pedigree, so I think he is a chance going on."

Cameron was pleased with the debutants run and believes he will be competitive in further juvenile races in autumn.

"He’s a lovely little horse and he’s probably the natural two-year-old out of the three of Murray’s and Andrew’s," Cameron said, referring to Custom Cruiser and Holy Mongolemperor, who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

"He jumped well, I didn’t want to lead. He hasn’t been around this way much. It was good to get a bit of a lead in to it. It was a bit daunting down the straight, but he got the job done."

Enjoy The Show is now on a black-type path, with his connections eyeing a tilt at the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni next month.

"We have got him nominated for the Sires’ and we’ll see from there," Baker said.

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