It’s been over a week now since the Don Byrne stable took up residence in Nathan Sobey’s shedrow.
The list of horses includes Pickles on Top who last year at two was 3-4-1 from 11 starts and earned $45,255. Not bad for a filly haltered out of the 2015 ASHA yearling sale by other owners for $24,500.
She has yet to start this year but qualified well on Saturday and will race in another qualifier this week before taking on the top three-year-old fillies on the grounds in the Moore’s Mile.
Further along the shedrow are Heated Exchange along with four two-year-olds which are now in training. Heated Exchange finished second in the Super Finals consolation last October and has not raced since. She’ll be brought back slowly and Sobey says it might be a couple of months before she’s ready to race.
“She’s done a lot of growing since last fall, so we’re going to be careful with her,” he said. “ I’m really pleased to be training the Byrne horses and I want to do right by them.
"They’re all good animals and the Byrnes’ have shown some confidence in me. I appreciate that very much and I want to do a good job for them.”
There’s also a five-year-old mare, Wild Chic which has earned more than $48,000 in 57 lifetime starts after being bought out of the 2013 ASHA yearling sale for $4,200. She has yet to start this season.
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