Cameron Park hobby trainer Adam Francis hopes he has unlocked the secret to enigmatic trotter Grins Made A Blue ahead of another Menangle Park assignment on Saturday night.
The six-year-old mare won at Menangle on May 8, breaking a drought going back to February 2017, and will take start from gate three in the last Saturday night.
The recent win was her fifth in 30 starts and came after Francis, a pastry cook and part-owner of Little Jack Horner’s Bakery at Argenton, changed his approach.
“She’s a bit of an enigma,” Francis said.
“Ability-wise she’s probably the best I’ve ever sat behind, but it doesn’t always transfer into the races.
“She’d lost her confidence on the big track down there. If I trial her around here, she goes like a little jet, but down there it all falls apart a bit. So I’ve been leaving her down there a couple of days either side of her races and trials, and it’s really helped.”
He said friend Renata Furina had helped with the change. He hoped Grins Made A Blue could produce another tonic for owner, his father Paul Francis, who had been ill.
“If she goes as good as she can, she can win, but you just don’t know which horse will turn up,” Adam said.
At Newcastle on Saturday night, Jewels-bound Platinum Revolution will be on show in the 10th and final event. The Shane and Lauren Tritton-trained filly will be an odds-on favourite ahead of her trip to Cambridge for the June 2 meeting.