Team Azzie in hot form

Team Azzie in hot form


Adam Azzie is a pleasure to interview and with his father and training partner Michael chirping that he’s quite happy that the press “doesn’t aggravate him anymore”, Turf Talk took the opportunity to ask Adam about the stable’s recent hot form.

Adam commented: “Our horses have turned the corner going into autumn, but it’s not really a major form turnaround and we’re doing the same things, working hard, looking at each individual to see what we can improve. I’d say it’s more a question of having found the right races for some of our runners recently.

“It’s ever easy to pick races from what’s available for certain runners, but sometimes things do fall into place and when you’re lucky they fall into place on the same day and you can send out doubles and trebles on one card.”

Adam touched on Tuesday’s Vaal winner Flying Fable, who shouldered top weight without fuss in a MR 84 Handicap on the straight 1600m at the Vaal. “Flying Fable won in the manner we expected her to win. She’s a filly with plenty of talent but she’s had issues and, as you’ve seen, she is lightly raced as a result.

“She’s improved and matured, we’ve had an opportunity to take our time with her thanks to support from Maine Chance Farms and now she appears to be over her niggles. She can go on from here.”

The Azzies posted a treble at Turffontein last Saturday and Adam discussed the winners.

San Fermin (AUS), got the ball rolling with a half-a-length success over 1200m, accounting for Blonde Vision and Regal Graduation. This was her fourth win from 10 career runs, which is good but disappointing to those who thought she’d be a feature winner by now.

Adam assessed: “When San Fermin won her debut, we thought she was a star, but her form has been patchy since. The thing is, she is very talented, she gets to a peak but she loses it quickly. Our job has been to get her to her best and then keep her there as long as possible and find the right race for her.

“We think we have San Fermin figured out now, and she’s a filly that can pick up a stakes race at the right place and time.”

Orpheus stayed on strongly to defeat Gimme Hope Johanna in a MR 84 Handicap over 1450m and Adam said: “Orpheus seems at his happiest around 1400m and he enjoys the Inside track, so we’ll keep him here for the time being, it works for him.”

Orpheus’ half-sister Fife was considered one of the better best on the card and she duly obliged with an easy 1.50-length win over 1600m. “[Owner] Mrs Gaynor Rupert gave us time with this one; she needed it and we’ll put her away for winter so she can mature more. We’d love to get some black type for a daughter of Stratos and she could be a black-type filly in time.”

Adam said Russian Prince, the up-and-coming three-year-old Potala Palace sprinter, and the seasoned seven-year-old star Will Pays were the yard’s best contenders for feature spoils this winter. –

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