Group 1 Winner Makes A Successful Racing Return

GROUP 1 winner Playlist made a successful return to racing and trainer Anthony Azzopardi has now mapped out a Group 1 program for his future.

David Brasch

16 April 2021

GROUP 1 winner Playlist  made a successful and welcome return to racing on Wednesday at The Meadows and new trainer Anthony Azzopardi has mapped out a Group 1 program for his future.

The son of Aussie Infrared-Dundee Ally ran 29.82 when downing the very talented Zero Cool by four lengths at his first start for Azzopardi.

“It was very pleasing to get him back,” said Azzopardi.

“Obviously he is a work in progress but we have got him over a few injuries and he pulled up fantastic after the run.

“It was the first 500 metre run for the dog since he came to us.”

Immediate plans are for him to head towards the G1 Harrison-Dawson and then target the Group 1 Brisbane Cup at Albion Park.

Playlist, a litter-brother to Catch The Thief, has now won 12 of his 38 starts and earned $113,000.

Meanwhile, regally bred kennelmate, Brother Bearing (Fernando Bale-Tatty Fields), resumes at Bendigo on Friday in a fifth grade and Azzopardi rates him highly.

“He is a very good young dog but has been standing up in the boxes,” said Azzopardi.

“He will get over that with racing.

“Plans for him include a trip to Brisbane as well  for the Flying Amy Classic – he’s that good.

“But, in the meantime he will stick to the provincials to help develop him into a race dog.”

Azzopardi says broodbitch response to his stud dog Raw Ability continues to be fabulous.

“Everyone I talk to who has got his pups are raving about the pace they show as pups, but they are all fully aware how strong they will be once put over 500 metres,” he said.

“That’s the pleasing aspect of the dog’s progeny.

“He really is the real deal as a stud dog. His strike-rate early is sensational.”