News In Brief
Black type mare in good order
Talented four-year-old Royal Fashion doesn’t appear to be suffering any issues following a last-start hiccup.
The stakes performer tailed the field home earlier this month at Ruakaka, after which she was found to be suffering from cardiac arrhythmia.
“She didn’t show any signs of it before the race or since then,” trainer Mark Forbes said. “She may have a trial at Cambridge next Tuesday just to make sure.”
Royal Fashion has won twice from 10 attempts and in three stakes outings last season she finished runner-up in the Gr.2 Mongolian Khan Trophy (1200m) and fourth in the Gr.2 Sarten Memorial (1400m).
In between times, she was unplaced on an off track in the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Tough NZ stayer thriving
Former Kiwi galloper Broadside is thriving on a heavy workload as he prepares for Saturday’s Gr.1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick.
The Raise The Flag gelding will be making his third appearance this month when he steps out in the staying feature, in which he will again be ridden by Tim Clark.
“The back-up won't worry him," said Adrian Bott, who trains in partnership with Gai Waterhouse. “This is always the race we wanted to pick up with him because we think he's a really progressive type and those stayers get in down in the weights.”
A two-time winner for Levin trainer Geoff Haigh, Broadside won the Gr.3 Newcastle Cup (2300m) on September 15 and last weekend he finished third in the Gr.3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) at Rosehill.
Mission accomplished by 3YO
Mission Hill had no trouble at Avondale on Wednesday in opening his winning account at the second time of asking.
Narrowly beaten on debut at Pukekohe earlier this month, he was quickly into stride to lead and strode away in the straight to claim the Fasttrack Insurance 1330m with ease.
“He didn’t like the track too much, but he was just too good anyway,” rider Matt Cameron said.
Nominated for the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), Mission Hill is trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman for Lindsay de Souza, who shared in the ownership of the stable’s multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose.