Roger James was pleased with the run of Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) winner Concert Hall at Hawera on Saturday, despite her finishing in midfield under rider Vinnie Colgan in the Gr.3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes (1400m).
“Concert Hall was just all at sea on that testing Heavy10 track, but we needed to get a run under her belt to get her up and going,” he said.
“I was pleased with her and Vinnie never knocked her around in the run home.
“You only had to see the times they were running early on to think she probably couldn’t win, but I am keen to see how she pulls up and handles the aftermath over the next few days.
“There are a raft of options going forward for her and the goal is to secure more black type for her owner Joan Egan.
“We are very grateful to Joan for allowing us to continue with her as a seven-year-old now, as she is probably not far away from heading to the breeding barn.
“She probably had her best season ever last year and I see no reason why she can’t do that again in this prep as she has come up extremely well.”
Bred and raced by Joan Egan, Concert Hall, a daughter of Savabeel, has won nine races, with five of those at stakes level and over $419,000 in prizemoney.