News In Brief
Bosson happy with Gingernuts
Opie Bosson is in a confident frame of mind ahead of Saturday’s Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings.
He has been delighted with the progress made by his mount Gingernuts, who turned in a grand performance for fifth in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) after copping interference at the top of the straight.
“It was a top run,” Bosson said. “To pick himself up in the run home like he did was pretty impressive. A little bit better track will help him and the blinkers going on has definitely helped as well.”
Stiff test for promising Sully
New Zealand-bred galloper Sully will further his experience in Sydney on Saturday when he steps out in the Gr.3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill.
The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained son of Reliable Man has earned a crack at black type following consecutive successes at Wangaratta and Bendigo.
“He’s bred to be a mile and a-half horse,” Busuttin said. “He won first-up over 1400m and then at 1600m, albeit he was a bit green. We have to get that sorted out if he’s to be competitive against the big guns.
“We’ve decided to have a crack at the Gloaming and all going well in to the Spring Champion Stakes.”
Metrop hopes on the line
Alward will have to prove himself clearly superior to his Ranvet Handicap (2000m) rivals at Rosehill on Saturday to keep a Group One dream alive for his New Zealand connections.
The Go Racing-managed stayer needs to produce a dominant display to earn himself a crack at The Metropolitan (2400m) at the end of the month.
“Stepping up to 2000 metres will suit better, but to run in a Metrop he'd need to win by four or five lengths,” trainer Chris Waller said.
Racing industry backing Spinal Trust
The New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST) will benefit at Pukekohe Park on Sunday.
The Counties Racing Club’s meeting will host their annual charity race day to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
NZST is a registered charity that helps people with spinal cord impairments and the mission is to better the $9000 raised 12 months ago.
The day will feature entertainment on and off the track, with the jockeys competing in a ‘Moonhopper Race’, wood chopping displays and a booked out Spinal Trust function.
A celebrity team, made up of Black Fern Charmaine Smith, rugby player Zac Guildford, Waikato captain Dwayne Sweeney, top female jockey Sam Spratt and Trackside presenter Darryl Anderson will take on the champion New Zealand Wheelblacks team in a wheelchair challenge in the birdcage.