News In Brief
Romancer closing in on return
Black type performer Romancer is progressing well toward a return to racing.
The winner of two of his six starts, including the Listed Mufhasa Stakes (1300m) at Ellerslie, the son of Redwood hasn’t been seen out since he was unplaced off a wide run in the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) in February.
“He’s up and galloping again so he’s not far away,” co-trainer Donna Logan said. “We’ve had a few issues with his knees, but he’s good now.”
The four-year-old was co-bred by Craig Dawson, who welcomed a sister to Romancer on Monday morning.
Oaks hopes rest with Aloisia
Ciaron Maher is hoping Aloisia can provide him with a third victory in the Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m).
The Caulfield trainer first won the classic in 2014 with Set Square and again the following year with Jameka and he believes the New Zealand-bred daughter of Azamour can follow suit.
Aloisia opened her Oaks campaign on her home track on Saturday and the stable were more than happy with her effort for fifth over 1400m.
“She was desperately unlucky down the straight,” assistant trainer Dave Eustace said. “She stepped a little slow, rustiness I think.
“Mick [Dee] was keen to get cover and she switched off well, which was good going forward because we feel she'll get out to a good trip.”
Aloisia placed in one of her two juvenile starts for Matamata trainer Jason Price before she was sold to clients of Maher’s stable and was subsequently runner-up in the Gr.1 J. J. Atkins (1600m) during the Queensland winter carnival.
Kiwi-bred to Hong Kong
New Zealand-bred four-year-old Volatile Mix is to continue his career in Hong Kong.
The son of Pentire made 11 appearances from Darren Weir’s stable and won three times from 1600 to 2500m, including the Gr.1 South Australian Derby (2500m) in the autumn.
Volatile Mix then finished runner-up in the Gr.3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and hasn’t raced since he ran sixth in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby (2200m).
Trainers eyeing black type for mare
Princess Kereru is a mare that can be followed with confidence, according to co-trainer Ken Kelso.
“She’s pretty smart and the only time she’s been out of the money was when she got galloped on at Matamata,” he said.
Princess Kereru won for the second time in six starts when she was a game winner at Taupo last time out and her connections believe she can make her mark in stakes company.
“She can go on with it and get some black type,” said Kelso, who prepares the daughter of Pins with his wife Bev. “She’s got a great temperament, she eats well and is a dream to train.”