Trainer Jason Coyle is chasing his first ever win at Queanbeyan on Monday

Horse and trainer – Zoisite and Jason Coyle – are both in line for what will be their respective first wins at the Queanbeyan racetrack in today’s Ironhorse Global Maiden Handicap (1000m).

Coyle is closing in on a century of wins at his happiest hunting ground at Kembla and has upwards of 30 victories at nearby Goulburn but has been an infrequent visitor to Queanbeyan in his 16 years as a trainer.

According to the records, Coyle has only saddled-up four runners at Queanbeyan, a tally which will almost double today when he sends Zoisite, Lunar Rain and Shamus Dream south from his Warwick Farm headquarters.

Today’s program, which was originally set down for Goulburn, marks the unveiling of Coyle’s royally-related Zoisite who races in the colours of her Stakes-winning stablemates White Sage and Slightly Sweet.

Zoisite is a granddaughter of Ken Callander’s precocious Zedagal, herself a sister to five-time Group 1 winner Zeditave; both siblings out of the celebrated broodmare gem – Summoned.

That said, Zoisite is straight off the Lonhro assembly-line in more ways than one as Coyle explained.

‘’Colour to start with,’’ he says. “And she has a nice galloping action. She is not an overly big filly so we are taking a bit of time with her. She is probably still a prep away but she is showing all the right signs at this stage.’’

The Esplin family-owned filly has trialled twice, finishing down the order, but in two very strong heats and hitting the line with plenty left to offer.

‘’She got a little bit lost in her first trial around Canterbury and did a few things wrong but it was encouraging once she got clear late, she wanted to attack the line which was good,’’ Coyle noted.

“She probably improved her manners at her second trial. She wanted to do a little bit too much in the middle stages when they slackened but again, she was finding the line under minimal pressure and that’s all you can ask from them at this stage.’’

Brodie Loy has the ride on Zoisite in the first and will combine with Coyle again later on the card to steer Shamus Dream in the Barkens Hire Class 3 Handicap (1000m).

The daughter of Cox Plate winner Shamus Award appeared to have every chance to post her second career win last start at Canberra but kept to the task willingly to clock-in a close-up fifth in a fast run 1000m.

Shamus Dream has raced three times this campaign, all of them starting from barrier 1 as opposed to her 13 (minus scratchings) today.

‘’It mightn’t be the worse case scenario because she can get a little bit fiery when she is tightened up so it might play to her advantage.’’

Lunar Rain meanwhile is open to sharp improvement on her disappointing first-up run at over 1400m at Canberra on what was a hard and fast track for Black Opal Day.

‘’She is definitely looking for a mile second-up and the edge off the track won’t hurt and obviously having won up 2100m, you would expect each run to be better as we got over a little bit further,’’ Coyle says.

WELL RELATED YOUNGSTER READY TO PURR AT TAMWORTH

Exciting Central Coast two-year-old He’s Purring can join his eight race winning brothers and sisters after today’s prestigious Starmaker Handicap (1000m).

The son of Japanese champion, Maurice, is the tenth named foal of his stakes-winning dam, She’s Purring, who has turned out to be a fabulous broodmare with a perfect record of eight winners from her eight foals to race.

Two of She’s Purring’s foals are stakes-winners namely Global Warming and Pure Perfection, who is better known these days as the mother of Outback Barbie

He’s Purring’s trainer, Damien Lane, is responsible for one of She’s Purring’s eight winners namely Zorocat who is as fast as any of her siblings and bears a striking resemblance to today’s Starmaker hopeful.

‘’We bought him because of her,’’ Lane explained. “He is very similar to her on looks except for the fact that he is not as big as her.’’

A $38,000 Inglis Classic Yearling purchase, He’s Purring won his one and only trial at home at Wyong on March 11 by upwards of two-lengths with his Starmaker rider, Darryl ‘Digger’ McLellan in the saddle.

‘’Obviously only one trial is a little bit of a concern but he looks very professional on that first trial and what he has shown us at home,’’ Lane said.

‘’He didn’t run overly flash time but the way he that he did it was the more impressive thing.

“I am more than happy to take to take him to the races, especially with the good draw.’’

The Starmaker is run annually at Muswellbrook but will be conducted at Tamworth today given the Hunter Valley wasn’t spared it’s share of heavy rain over the last few days.

Tamworth itself is expected to come in for a drenching as well with the track rated a Soft 6 on Sunday but with every chance of slipping into the heavy range.

“It is a bit of an unknown and depending on how bad the track is, but he gives me the impression that he would handle it,’’ Lane said.

‘’We are lucky at the moment, we have got a good bunch of two-year-olds in the stable and he is up there at the best of them that we have.’’

Originally published asHorse and trainer both chasing a first at Queanbeyan

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