Exciting three-year-old Talons is hitting ranks after an impressive first win at Mudgee recently for Newcastle manager Todd Howlett.
Talons, an untapped three-year-old boy, makes a return visit to Muswellbrook for the first time since his ill-fated third place in Kiss Sum, winner of Humble Star and Four Pillars, at the Star Kingdom Stakes in April.
Deep Impact’s grandson, trained at Todd Howlett, paid the price for his expansive gate into the Kingdom of the Stars, earning a captivating third in what was clearly a two-year annual feature vintage revamp.
Talons is a powerful gelding and a near-exact replica of his mother, Push And Shove, with a pronounced white blaze to set him apart from the rest.
“He’s a really nice horse,” Howlett says.
“It was bought by Arrowfield; in the early days of Covid, they put some yearlings online and we got it from there.
“There have been some bad things with him, nothing major, but he probably just needs some time to settle down.”
Talons has started three times since his Muswellbrook debut, winning his most appearances in a 1000m Mudgee Maiden on April 3.
“He made up a lot of ground and was really strong across the board,” Howlett said.
“Monday is well designed, so hopefully he can be in midfield and finish the game like he did at Mudgee.
” The only question is if I should have made him go up (in distance), but I thought that with some time between runs we would go back to 1000m. ”
Stablemate Devil’s Inn makes its third consecutive visit to Muswellbrook on Monday after winning its premiere on April 1 before a horrific luck there 17 days later thanks to a wide run from a wide draw.
“I’m happy with him,” Howlett said. “Aaron (Bullock) is back and I expect him to be fine.
” It’s a nice little pony. ”
Devil’s Inn has to climb 1500m for the first time on Monday, but is fit and honest enough to succeed.
In addition, both his mother and grandmother have won up to 1800m.
Devil’s Inn’s mother, Devils Arcade, has won five times for Gooree and Gai Waterhouse and was second at Gosford Belle Of The Turf, ATC Winter Stakes and Tattersalls Mile at Eagle Farm.
Howlett’s decision to avoid a muddy Mudgee on Sunday for a firmer Muswellbrook on Monday could reap the ultimate reward for Victorian Lady Audrey import links.
Pride of Dubai’s daughter had her first five beginnings under the care of Michael Moroney.
It was a brilliant start for Lady Audrey, runner-up to the next winner of Blue Diamond Prelude and Magic Night Arcaded in a Caulfield 1100m Handicap on January 13th.
“I was debating whether to go to Mudgee on Sunday, she had drawn poorly on the heavy track, so I think the best track will suit her with a better draw,” Howlett said.
Originally published as Talons to take another win at Muswellbrook on Monday