Happy Times for Vella

Happy Time from the Gratz Vella stable will go into his race at Queanbeyan on Monday full of confidence after a last start second at Canberra.


The four-year-old has been struggling for form of late but managed to put it all together to run his first placing since August last year.


The son of Foreplay has shown potential throughout his career and Vella is confident Happy Time can build on his recent good form.


“He has been a bit of an unlucky horse and everytime I get him ready to run a good race for me he gets balloted out or is an emergency and hasn’t gotten a run,” said Vella.


“When he has managed to get a run the ratings are a bit to high for him but it was a very good performance the other day and I was very happy with him.”


Happy Time has reached 2100 metres this preparation but will drop back to 1600 metres on Monday which Vella feels he can be very competitive at.


“It is hard to gauge his best distance because the jockeys jump off and say he needs 2000 and then you put him over 2000 and they say he needs more,” Vella said.


Every time I get him up to that level he never comes good so I thought I would put him back and keep him around the mile-1700 or something like that.”


“There are some good horses in the race but he has run some good races in Sydney against good opposition a couple times and I have a lot of confidence Shaun (Guymer) can ride him well.”


Vella will take a team of five horses to Queanbeyan which includes maiden gallopers Queen Of Clubs, Tiara Time and Mugga Lane.


Mugga Lanehas been racing very consistent rarely finishing far away from the winners but has been unable to break through.


“He has been racing pretty well but is another one that has been up and down in distance and run into a lot of heavy tracks,” Vella said.


“And Tiara Time I think this is the closest she is going to get and she is in the right race this time.”


Black Opal winner You’re Canny will step out for a barrier trial at Queanbeyan after a disappointing run at Canberra.

"It's back to the drawing board with him and we will see where he is at after Queanbeyan," Vella said.