WORK IN PROGRESS: Jockey Robbie Brewer had to fan wide on Grimoire but he was still first past the post when winning at Kembla Grange.
The son of Magic Albert fought off the challenge Kurt Goldman’s Equal Balance to narrowly score in the Bears Auto Hospital Class 1 Handicap (1200m) on Saturday.
It was the son of lightly-raced four-year-old’s second victory from four career starts after Coyle opted to take a patient approach in his infancy. Coyle is starting to reap the rewards of that patience and is confident Grimoire will continue to improve as he masters his craft.
“He still wants to play around at the barriers and do a few things wrong but he does look to have city ability and he should graduate to that grade,” Coyle said.
“He will probably get up to seven furlongs or further but he will tell us as we go along.
“At this stage he is a race to race proposition so we can take him out and he can learn a little bit more.”
Grimoire, ridden by Robbie Brewer, sat outside leader Equal Balance and the pair always looked poised to fight out the finish.
They continued to drift out towards the outside fence over the final furlong as Grimoire wore down his rival. Peter and Paul Snowden’s Allied Power was four lengths back in third.
The win completed a running double for Coyle, who trained Lady Elizabeth to victory in the Illawarra Toyota Fleet Specialists Maiden Handicap (1200m). Jockey Rory Hutchings arrived in the final stride to win in a head bobbing finish over Lee Curtis trained Hayman.
Courtesy of Mitch Cohen - Illawarra Mercury 14/10/17.
By Brad Gray At Royal Randwick.
Memes has arguably been the find of the Sydney winter with the Jason Coyle-trained filly winning five races from her seven outings.
The daughter of Time Thief started the campaign an eight-start maiden but added a fifth victory to her tally at Royal Randwick on Saturday and taking her record to three from three at the track.
"You've got to start thinking about when you get serious about nicer races. She has had a really good winter and now we'll have to sit down and establish where she goes," Coyle said.
"I think she paraded as well as she did first-up but we'll take her home and make sure she pulls up."
Memes controlled the race from the outset with Rachel King, the only jockey to have won on her, pushing her out to beat Clipper in a leader-dominated affair.
"The inside gate dictated that we had to roll forward and they all decided to sit off her. It's typical of those horses that keep winning everyone wants to find something to beat them," Coyle said of Memes who started second favourite behind Clipper.
Meanwhile, Memes' unraced full sister Lucere was sighted for the first time at the Warwick Farm trials recently and Coyle has high hopes for the two-year-old.
"Early days I would have said that this horse (Memes) would win a couple of provincial races and the other one was a serious horse," Coyle said.
"I had said to the owners that I think the other one is better but now Memes has done this!
"(Lucere) will trial again. She is much like Memes and so raw. They probably need that racing preparation and strengthening to really bring them on."