‘A Natural Racehorse’
Trainer Alan Mathews describes 3Y0 Trade Fair filly Cool Trade as ‘a natural racehorse, a natural athlete.’
Cool Trade resumed with an all-the-way win in the Budget Minibus Handicap (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.
At her only previous four starts she was a debut short head second to Ignition in the Westspeed Nursery Handicap (1000m) at Belmont Park last May 4 pulling up shin sore; gained another all-the-way first-up win in the (1200m) at Belmont Park on October 12; was 3 1/2-length third to Miss Rose De Lago and Via Laurentina in the Listed 1400m Burgess Queen Stakes at Ascot on November 2 then finished 8 3/4-length ninth in Miss Rose De Lago’s Group 3 1600m Champion Fillies Stakes.
“She’s an outstanding fresh performer so there’s no use trying to over train her,” said Mathews. “Though I did think she may have needed another week’s work.
“To get the 1400m of the Burgess Queen Stakes was a feather in her cap. We went into the Champion Fillies Stakes knowing the distance was probably not her go.
“At the same time we didn’t try and train her to get the distance. We didn’t put leg work into her. She went in on natural ability and they ran the first 1000m in 57.5sec.
“So, at this stage, we’ll keep her fresh and at sprint distances.”
Cool Trade is from Around Jindabyne, a half-sister to Listed Sheila Gwynne Stakes winner Salisbury Street and to the eight-time winner Broome Time, joint holder of the Ascot 1400m record.
. Stewards reported that Cool Trade pulled up mildly lame in the off foreleg.