No Hoops tunes in for race test
LISTENING to the radio has been just some of the preparation for Bilenna Stud raised No Hoops, a four-year-old mare hitting the track at Allman Park today.
Co-owner and strapper Naomi Tuckwell said the young mare would try for her first win at the Warwick Picnic Races.
"She has been racing for about two years now," Tuckwell said.
"She actually gets stage- fright so we play the races on the radio for her hoping she will get use to the noise - she is her own worst enemy like that."
While any race horse owner would hope for a first past the post, Tuckwell wasn't setting the bar too high for the young horse in the second race of the day - the 1200m Maiden Plate.
"You always hope you can win but realistically we just want her to be able to handle it better than she has in the past," she said.
"She's still young so she has time to get over her fear.
"It took us about three months to get her fit and you gradually build up to faster work.
"It depends on the horse because some get fitter faster than others and others eat more."
Tuckwell said Amanda Smith would be charged with guiding No Hoops around the track.
For more Picnic Races action and Allman Park entry details check out page 4 of today's Daily News.