SIMPLY THE BEST – Coming to come a day at a time

Now a winner at Open Allowance level

Observer writer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Simply The Best stepped up to Open Allowance on Saturday (April 14, 2018) to register her second win of the season on the trot, to leave trainer Gary Subratie with much more confidence that the five-year-old bay mare can now go on to be a genuine A-1 campaigner for the rest of the season and beyond.

Subratie is always cautious in his predictions, preferring instead to move forward with the option of one day at a time, especially with a horse as challenging as Simply The Best.

Simply The Best ran well to beat a good field of runners including Seeking My Dream, Another Bullet and Lottery Ticket, going six furlongs (1,200m) in a decent time of 1:12.4 on Saturday.

Ridden by Dane Nelson, Simply The Best broke well and chased Sir Budget coming into the lane before taking over with one and a half furlongs (300m) left in the contest. Even when Seeking My Dream tried to challenge in deep stretch, Simply The Best kept going and going, leaving the rest in her wake, 1 lengths behind.

The Supreme Racing Guide spoke with trainer Subratie, seeking to find out what his plans are for the now effervescent-looking mare.

“Well, we will just work with her from day to day as she has some issues with her legs. We are just trying to work with her and accept what she is giving us. In trying to keep her going we have done some different things with her, and they seem to be working. So, we just have to keep on working with her until such time her legs give out or some other racing setback creeps in, but, of course, we are always hoping for the best results. Let's see what happens down the road.

“For the time being though, she is running and that is what we want her to do. She's not doing the most spectacular times but 1:120 is 1:12.0. Our job remains one of trying to keep her well and see where it takes her from there,” Subratie said.

Simply The Best is a five-year-old mare by Adore The Gold out of the Royal Minister brood mare Super Lei; she was bred by Hermine and Leisha Metcalfe. Owned by Oakridge Farms, Simply The Best managed only two wins from 13 starts last year but from five starts this year, she has already won twice, once at the Open Allowance level. and should Subratie manage to keep her sound, judging from her lastest display, the prospect for greater improvement augurs well for the remaining eight months of the year but trainer Subratie was non-committal about that prospect though it is a situation he would welcome.

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