First impressions prove misleading

Liquid Inspiration horse
Liquid Inspiration will be looking to make it three from three. Picture: NZ Racing Desk

A mare who failed to make any early impact on her trainer will be out to defend her unbeaten record at Saturday’s Taumarunui meeting.

Liquid Inspiration has made the dream start to her career with two wins from as many starts and she will chase further success in the Maketu Gentlemen’s Club 1215m at Arawa Park.

“She’s definitely surprised me, I can’t believe it actually,” Matamata horseman Wayne Hillis said.

“She was broken in at two and when we got her later on she didn’t know anything and I couldn’t get her out of a canter.

“I even said to the owner that I didn’t want to waste his money, but they said to carry on as the family takes time.”

Liquid Inspiration proved that point when the five-year-old won on debut on her home track and was again successful at Arawa Park last month. The runners-up in those respective races, Trueman and Combat Warrior, have both since won.

“She’s done well since last racing and she’s already won at Arawa Park so that’s a leg up,” Hillis said.

Liquid Inspiration is raced by the estate of the late Mick Evans, whose wife Emma has also been a long-time client of the stable.

She also races Watch This Space, the winner of the Gr.2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy, and the multiple winner and Group 3 Counties Cup placegetter Nothing Trivial.

Hillis also trained the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes winner Dezigna, who provided Troy Harris with his first top-flight victory, for her.

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