Change has been good for bonny mare
By Frank Marrion
Change Is Good has been a revelation recently, a treble of wins on the board since joining Mitchell Kerr’s stable and he’s confident she can make it four at Nelson.
The four-year-old daughter of Changeover is a smart beginner and gets a head start on her main rivals in the Nelson Pine Industries Winter Cup Prelude on Friday, and it is a race where the winner doesn’t incur a penalty for the Cup on Sunday.
“She’s quite versatile and also tough so whatever she does on the first day will stand her in good stead for the Cup where the 3000m will be right up her ally,” said Kerr.
Change Is Good came to Kerr in March from Richmond trainer Murray Pash, having won a race at Palmerston North late last year during a Central Districts stint with Stephen Doody.
She’d raced 29 times when joining Kerr and he admits it took a few weeks to sort her out.
“I didn’t know much about her to be honest, but the Changeovers do tend to need a bit of time and that could be an aspect of her improvement.
“I changed her work around a bit with more cantering and heat work and the penny seemed to drop for both of us when she won at Ascot Park.”
Change Is Good didn’t make any impression when she first raced for Kerr at Rangiora in early April and then she was pulled out of a race at Addington when some gear came adrift.
However, 10 days later at Motukarara, she was sent off a surprise favourite for a race sponsored by Kerr and after leading and being attacked down the back, she was just nutted by 11-time winner Pay Me Visa and Blair Orange in the passing lane.
She has not been beaten since and has been going from strength to strength.
Change Is Good bolted in at Ascot Park by four lengths after being last and going three-wide for the last lap and then at Rangiora she led and held off Nimah Franco, whose subsequent form has also been very good.
John Morrison then handled Change Is Good in a junior drivers race at Oamaru and after a tactical battle with Feel The Money and Ben Hope, they prevailed by a head in 3.13 with six lengths to the rest.
Morrison takes the reins again in a race where another smart beginner in Nimah Franco and the Dunn-trained runners Spot On and Huey Lewis look the main dangers.
“She came to me for the better opportunities in Canterbury, but she’s owned in Nelson, so it would be nice for her to do well for them.”
Kerr is also starting a maiden on debut in Sippinonjack and one-race winner Stinger Lindenny, but is more confident with the former.
“Sippinonjack is a very nice maiden by Washington VC and I’d expect him to put on a pretty good show in what looks a pretty ordinary field.
“Stinger Lindenny has been a bit of a head scratcher in his two starts since winning and we’re on a learning curve with him.
“He has the ability though and I’m hoping the trip away might sort some things out.”