Trainer John Hyam could start to reap the rewards of a rebuilding strategy with his inexperienced team at Saturday’s Morphettville Parks meeting.
Hyam will have a team of five in action on Saturday but only seven-year-old veteran Gougers has any race experience.
Hyam said the new wave of young horses was a result of necessity following the retirements of several of the stable’s established performers.
“It’s a rebuilding process that has been going on for the last two years but there’s a nice little crop coming through,” Hyam said. “I’ve had a good older team and most of those have been retired and there’s young horses coming through.”
John Hyam is rebuilding his team after the retirements of several stable veterans. Picture: Jay TownSource:News Corp Australia
The Morphettville trainer said South Australia’s recent prizemoney increases came at the perfect time as he replenished his stock at various yearling sales.
“I’ve had to go and get new horses in and new clients, which has been quite hard, but with the new prizemoney in South Australia, hopefully that is going to help,” he said.
“I’ve bought five more yearlings this year so hopefully the new prizemoney will help get them done (sold) a bit easier.”
Hyam will unveil a pair of two-year-olds in the opening race at Morphettville Parks.
Bookies have Tavikat ahead of Charm Slinga in their assessments of the pair but Hyam said the latter would be sharper over 1000m.
“I bought him as a sprinting sort of horse and when you see him in the mounting yard, you’ll see he’s a big strong horse. A lovely type,” Hyam said of Charm Slinga.
“He has won his jumpouts nicely and he’s from a family that has had plenty of winners.”
Tavikat, a son of Tavistock, is bred on staying lines and will improve as distances increase.
Apprentice Stacey Metcalfe will ride three of Hyam’s five runners at Morphettville Parks. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Hyam has lofty staying goals for Promesa D’Oro, who will debut alongside his stablemate Rosay Monet in the Dominant Maiden Plate (1000m).
Promesa D’Oro is a son of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver but his big frame has taken more time than expected to mature.
“I’ve been watching the Vancouvers and they are definitely taking a bit more time because everyone thought they would all be early two-year-olds,” Hyam said.
“He’s a big horse and I didn’t want to rush him and hurt his joints so he’s taken a bit of time.
“I’m actually going to set him for the (South Australian) Derby. He’s goes quite well.”
Hyam will step up Promesa D’Oro in distance in all his runs leading up to the South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville on May 9.
In-form apprentice Stacey Metcalfe will ride Charm Slinga, Promesa D’oro and Gougers at Saturday’s meeting.
Originally published asHyam takes wraps off his stable’s new generation
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