08/30/2006 11:00PM

Hurry an Notis catching up to stablemate


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - If Hurry an Notis continues to develop, it's possible she'll be part of a formidable entry with Monashee in the Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup on Oct. 14.

Both horses are trained by Tracy McCarthy and owned by Ole Nielsen, who races under Canmor Farms. McCarthy's mother, Lola McCarthy, also owns a piece of Hurry an Notis.

Monashee, who was an easy winner of the City of Edmonton Distaff last Sunday, would be a heavy favorite in the Ballerina if she runs uncoupled. She has dominated the local filly and mare handicap division while carrying high weight in her Hastings races this year, and at equal weights in the Ballerina it doesn't figure to be much of a contest.

Hurry an Notis, who will try stakes horses for the first time in the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Saturday, still has a lot to prove. Then again, so did Monashee at this stage of her career last year. Her win in the Grade 3 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks last year was her first in a stakes, and going into that race she had gone unplaced the only two times she had tried stakes horses. Only one of her four wins was going around three turns.

Hurry an Notis has made only four starts, but she appears to have enough potential to win a graded race. She didn't run a jump in her only race at 2, and in her debut this year she showed some speed before fading badly to finish seventh. She put it all together for her next start, though, winning a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race by 14 1/2 lengths July 30. With the Oaks in mind, McCarthy stretched her out to 1 1/16 miles in a $50,000 optional claiming race Aug. 20. After breaking slowly, Hurry an Notis carved out fast fractions and posted a four-length victory over Real Candy.

"She was very nervous in her first two starts," said McCarthy. "She took one big breath, and that's why she stopped so quickly both times. She's relaxing more and more each day, and like Monashee last year, she seems to be peaking at the right time."

McCarthy said she expects Hurry an Notis will be on the lead again in the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

"She just has so much natural speed that it's hard to imagine that she won't be in front," she said. "Hopefully she'll break a little better than last time. At least we know that she can overcome adversity."

Hurry an Notis appears to be maturing quickly, and if she gets loose on the lead Saturday, she could be tough to beat.

McCarthy said she was happy with the way Monashee came out of her race in Edmonton, and if the weights are acceptable, Monashee would likely make her next start in the Delta Colleen on Sept. 16.

"As long as everything is fair we would like to run her there," she said. "We've certainly been able to get horses ready with five or six weeks between races, so I'm not worried if we have to pass on it, though."

Nechako to Jack Diamond Futurity

Trainer Sid Martin said that Nechako, who won the New Westminster Stakes last Sunday, would be pointed to the Jack Diamond Futurity on Oct. 1.

Nechako is a B.C.-bred 2-year-old gelding by Vying Victor, but he was raised in California. Martin purchased him for $65,000 out of the Barretts mixed sale last October.

"He went to California when he was 3 months old, and he was raised at River Edge Farm, which is the same place Bertrando stands," said Martin.

Martin, who has been based at Assiniboia Downs for most of the year, brought jockey Rohan Singh out from Winnipeg to ride Nechako in the New Westminster. Singh rode Nechako in both of his races at Assiniboia Downs: a win in his debut and a second-place finish in the Winnipeg Futurity.

"He's been on the horse for most of his works, so he really knows him well," said Martin.

Martin said that Singh would come back out to ride Nechako in the Futurity.

Two headed for the B.C. Derby

According to their respective trainers, Dino Condilenios and Harold Barroby, The Visualiser and Mighty Cahill came out of the Grade 3 Canadian Derby in good shape and are being pointed to the $250,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 24.

The Visualiser, who finished second, set the pace before Shillelagh Slew blew past him in the stretch. Mighty Cahill made a strong move to finish a head behind The Visualiser.

Shillelagh Slew won't be coming back out west to run in the B.C. Derby. He returned to his home base at Woodbine, where he'll make his next start in the Ontario Derby on Oct. 1.

"I hope he earned a few Sovereign Award votes back there," said his trainer, Michael DePaulo, from Woodbine. "The Ontario Derby gives us a bit more time between races, so we're going keep him here."