Virginia Cool posted one of the nine wins trainer Stephen Boyd has scored this season. Photo: The Informant
Canterbury trainer Stephen Boyd has had luck with his draws at Winton on Sunday, now his chances just need luck on the track.
Boyd lines up Dixie Star from barrier four in race 1 and Dametoro from the ace draw in race 3.
The pair look will look to continue the breakout season Boyd has been enjoying as a trainer.
The Aylesbury trainer has notched nine of his 20 career wins this season.
His flying form season has come after Boyd and wife, Angela, have increased the focus of their business on racing.
“I never used to concentrate on the racing side at all, but then we had a couple of our own.
“Then, we started training for Philippa Hanley and she is our main owner, basically.
“We started racing a few for her and it progressed from there really.”
Hanley has enjoyed wins with Back In Black and Virginia Cool from the Boyd stable this season.
Prior to expanding his racing team, much of Boyd’s focus was on breaking in and pre-training horses, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen among his clients.
The trainer played a key part in rectifying Thefixer’s hoof problems before the New Zealand Cup.
Boyd said Dametoro was the most forward of the two fillies he debuts at Winton on Sunday.
The trainer expects the three-year-old to have no problems in holding the lead from barrier 1.
“She is probably our best chance, she should lead from one.
“She should be able to hold up, she led at the workouts last Saturday and went pretty well.”
Dametoro scored an easy two-and-a-half length win at the Motukaraka workouts last weekend.
Boyd said she could be an even better horse when she has had more time to develop.
“I don’t mind her all; she is a pretty nice maiden.
“She is going to be better again in six months when she fills out as she is a light-framed horse.”
Dametoro clashes with former high-priced yearling Arden Roanoke on Sunday.
The $155,000 purchase will start from barrier 2 on the second row for trainer Cran Dalgety and driver Blair Orange.
Arden Roanoke won at last week’s Rangiora workouts ahead of his debut.
In a prior hit-out, the horse ran second to Valiant Charger.
The Tom Bagrie-trained pacer looks a strong winning chance in race 5 for Orange.
Boyd does not expect Dixie Star to be as competitive as Dametoro at Winton on Sunday.
However, he expects the filly will go a good race.
“This race could be have come up a week early for her, but by the same token, she is still going to go a very good race, I would say,” he said.
A rival Canterbury filly drawn in barrier 1 looks the toughest for Dixie Star to beat.
The Regan Todd-trained Amethyst showed enough gate speed to lead in her latest public appearance at the Rangiora trials, last month.
The three-year-old battled in to third placing in the heat behind, Garta, who won at Rangiora earlier this month.
The runner-up, Rocknroll Rod, has gone three sound races since the Rangiora trial, including a brave second in a $40,000 race at Addington on Friday night.