Duryea pulls back after Angels’ win

COROWA trainer Geoff Duryea will take a conservative approach with Hearts Of Angels, despite breaking through for her first win on Saturday.

The filly comfortably took out the $15,000 2AY Maiden Plate at Albury over 1000 metres in just her third start.

But rather than push hard for a second scalp, a cautious Duryea says he’ll now give the three-year-old a short break to avoid problems down the track.

“We’ll give her a few weeks off,” Duryea said yesterday.

“She’s only a three-year-old and the weather has been so damn hot.

“Our conditions up here are pretty tough on a three-year-old filly.

“We’ll wait a few weeks until it’s cooled down a bit and see where we go from there.”

Hearts Of Angels proved too classy in the opening race at Albury, recording a near two-length victory with promising apprentice jockey John Kissick aboard.

“Johnny gave her a gun ride,” Duryea said.

“She raced really well; we were pretty happy with it.

“She’s had a few issues and we’ve been trying to get her to settle down.”

Despite those problems, Duryea wasn’t at all shocked at the filly’s triumph on Saturday.

“Not at all,” he said.

“A few things went wrong in her first two starts and she didn’t get the opportunity to show her true ability.

“We knew if it fell into place she’d be mighty hard to beat.”

And it wasn’t just her form that fell into place.

“We’ve got a fairly big syndicate and fortunately enough they were all there on the day to enjoy it,” Duryea said.

“It doesn’t fall into place like that very often so you’ve got to enjoy it when it does.”

Duryea said an appearance of the Albury Gold Cup carnival was on the cards.

However, he said he wouldn’t chase a spot for the sake of it.

“If she warrants the opportunity then perhaps that’s the way we’ll go,” he said.

“They’re some tough races to get into now, though.

“There’s no good taking a second stringer there.

“They’ll get spanked.”

Meanwhile, star Wodonga trainer Brian Cox has confirmed he’ll return to Melbourne with Sumakaray this weekend at Caulfield.

Nominations will be revealed at midday today.

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