GAWLER trainer Brett Campbell will look to raise the bar with promising filly Indian Gazelle after her impressive win on her home track on Saturday.
A daughter of Akeed Mofeed, who Campbell knows very well having spent the past few years as the racing manager at Goldin Farms, followed an eye-catching debut with a strong 1.3-length win over the 1100m trip.
Campbell said he always had a good opinion of the filly, who was only just realising her potential on the racetrack.
“She broke in very well,” Campbell said on racing.com post-race.
“(But) then she has been very green throughout her campaigns early days.
“She’s such a big, strong filly, more like a colt. (She is) a sensational type, but has taken a lot to learn to put her legs together.”
And he added it was only deep into her current campaign that a change in her work resulted in her getting to the races.
“Early this preparation she was still very green, and we were worried about her,” Campbell said.
“We started using one of our galloping mates, dropping her out with the earmuffs on (and) she’s started flying, she really has.
“There were a couple of gallops there we were spellbound by how well she went.”
Campbell made a return to training earlier in 2020 and had a winner Port Augusta in July with Orphelia Blues. However, he has enjoyed a good festive season with Honey Go Lightly winning at the Morphettville twilight meeting in December before Indian Gazelle’s Gawler success.
Kayla Crowther took riding honours with a treble in consecutive races.
She partnered Taken Off, who justified his solid support in betting to score, and Four Of A Kind to victory for the Phillip Stokes stable, before winning with Stan The Caddy for Will Clarken.
Strathalbyn trainer Kristi Evans took training honours at Murray Bridge on Friday with a double after Rising Thunder and Vindex were successful at the New Year’s Day meeting, while Claudia Lions finished 2020 in style with a riding treble at Port Lincoln on Thursday afternoon.
IMAGE: Brett Campbell with partner and strapper Yvette Lethbridge after Indian Gazelle’s win on Saturday.