Since winning her maiden over 1600m at Wagga back in April of last year, Wayne Carroll hasn’t had a lot of luck with his enigmatic mare, Sumdeel.
The daughter of Dundeel out of Sumptuous, has obvious ability, but injuries have kept her from reaching any great heights.
“She is a nice mare, but she has had a lot of problems and right now is probably the most success we have ever had with her, Carroll said.
“She is working nice and I’m happy with where she is at.”
After her dominant maiden win, Sumdeel was spelled for 14 weeks, then raced three times, even contesting a TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill in September 2020.
Following that preparation, the five-year-old had a 22-week spell and raced just once, finishing third over the 1400m at Albury back in March before a 24-week spell.
Most recently, the Wagga galloper returned to racing at Corowa on September 24, her second start in almost a year, and she flew from the clouds, flashing late to finish second in a fillies and mares 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
“She has only had two runs in 12 months because of those injuries. We nearly retired her at one stage, but she has overcome them, and she is going as good as ever,” Carroll said.
“She has had so many issues, so we’ve given her a lot of time and she is finally starting to come good.”
Carroll has entered Sumdeel in the 1400m Class One Handicap at Albury on Friday, with Brodie Loy booked for the ride, and connections are confident of a strong showing in the heavy conditions.
“She would have been suited to a dryer track but being a heavy track doesn’t worry us too much. We just don’t want to give her a gut buster or anything like that,” Carroll said.
“She will get back. She doesn’t ever draw a good barrier, and she drew bad again at Albury, so we will see how she goes from the back, but I expect a good run.”
Carroll’s opinion of Sumdeel is yet to wane, with another TAB Highway already on the cards.
“If she races well at Albury, she will probably go to an 1800m (TAB) Highway next start,” Carroll said.
“She is a nice type. She has a massive 8-metre stride and when she gets tired, her stride doesn’t get shorter, only her stride rate slows down, which is really good.
“We are looking forward to finally seeing what she can do.”
Carroll looks to have a few decent chances at Albury, with Miss Elsie May chasing as a major player in the 1175m Class Three Handicap.
“Miss Elsie May, everyone loves her, and she will love the sting out of the crowd at Albury,” Carroll said.
“She just jars up on anything firm, so she will appreciate Albury.
“Her whole last campaign, I was chasing, chasing and chasing to get her right and just couldn’t.
“She bruised her heels up, but this prep, we have her right. We spelled her, got her reshod and she has come good.”
Carroll also has some time for one his maidens in the 1400m Maiden Plate.
“Tutus and Twirls will improve. I had her in the 1650m at Coota the other day, but they didn’t race, and she will be one to watch over a bit more ground,” Carroll said.