Vella all in on American Time
Canberra based trainer Gratz Vella eagerly awaits the debut of promising filly American Time following her impressive trial at Canberra earlier this month.
By first season sire All American, American Time is set to contest the opening event at Canberra with Vella hoping she can push her claims to take the next step down the Black Opal path.
Having proven a somewhat surprise packet at her first public appearance, Vella said she has continued to raise the bar in the lead up to making her debut.
"Her trial was very good, it was a bit surprising for me because I didn't think she was quite ready for it," Vella said.
"She's slow maturing type but she's been able to do everything I've asked from her and we'll just see what happens on Friday and whether she will take that next step forward."
Jumping away well on the inside, American Time travelled nicely up on the speed and worked to the line well under her own steam to finish a narrow second in her sole public appearance, much to Richard Bensley's approval.
"He [Richard Bensley] was very impressed with her effort and said he would definitely be sticking with her saying I would need more than a crowbar to get him off," Vella said.
Unfortunately sidelined for up to six weeks with a broken wrist, Vella said it was disappointing Bensley wouldn't be available to ride American Time but said he was more than happy to have Brendan Ward engaged.
"It's a shame he [Richard Bensley] broke his wrist because he definitely would have been aboard on Friday but I'm more than happy to have the services of Brendan [Ward]," Vella said.
Although only a small field of nine, Vella said it is hard to get a really good gauge of how well she is going to do given more than half of the field are on debut including a few runners making the trip down from Sydney.
"It's hard to say how well she'll go on Friday because you don't really have an idea what you're up against especially with the Sydney contenders," Vella said.
"There could be a really smart one among the debutants who could also be looking to take the Black Opal path after Friday, so we'll just have to wait and see.
"I think she has the ability I just don't want to get ahead of myself because she is still that little bit immature."