No Compromise was a two-time winner from a handful of starts for Bill Thurlow before successfully continuing his career in Australia and now looks primed to star in his second stint for the Waverley trainer.
The son of Pins, who is raced by Thurlow’s brother Grant and sister-in-law Patricia, will step out in Saturday’s Gr.1 Harcourts Team Thorndon Mile (1600m) at Trentham and his previous performance suggests he can be a major player.
No Compromise won five races from Chris Waller’s stable, including the Gr.1 Metropolitan (2400m), before returning to New Zealand and ran in the champion trainer’s name when he finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2050m) at Pukekohe on Boxing Day.
“He went very, very well and we were all pretty happy. He’s had a couple of hit-outs and handled that well,” Thurlow said.
“He’s done really since he’s been home and is enjoying being back here.”
Thurlow’s only concern is the 1600m and any softening of the track will be to No Compromise’s benefit.
“I don’t think he’s ever won over a mile, but he’s gone some good races and a little bit of rain will help him,” he said.
“We’re running him because of the $500,000 bonus for the most points won in the Thorndon, the Herbie Dyke Stakes (Gr.1, 2000m) and the Bonecrusher Stakes (Gr.1, 2000m), so he needs to run to be eligible.”
No Compromise was ridden last time out by Ryan Elliot, who is suspended and will be replaced by Kelly Myers.
“Kelly has obviously been off the scene for a while and she rode a lot of winners for me in the early days so it’s good to get her back on,” Thurlow said. - Paul Vettise, LOVERACING.NZ News Desk