News In Brief
Classic-bound Scott Base opens account
Scott Base took a successful step toward a Group One goal when he shed his maiden tag at Waipukurau.
The highly-regarded three-year-old, who was a stakes placegetter last season, showed his class late in the piece on Thursday when he cleared a pocket to lengthen stride and claim the Congratulations Upper Cut 1400m.
“He needed to win today and he’s got a big future,” said Johno Benner, who trains the Dalghar gelding with Hollie Wynyard.
“He needs good ground so we might look at the Zacinto Stakes two weeks before the 2000 Guineas for him.”
So far so good with smart 5YO
Royal Success is heading in the right direction as he prepares for a return to racing.
Talented but unsound, the Savabeel gelding has won four of his eight starts and he finished runner-up in an open heat over 1000m at Te Teko on Tuesday.
“He trialled well enough and, at this stage, he’s looking good,” co-trainer Jamie Richards said. “We’ve just had a treadmill put in and he’ll do a lot of his work on that.”
Golden strike for Kiwi rider
Rebecca Goldsbury has enjoyed a perfect introduction to metropolitan racing in Queensland.
The former Awapuni rider stepped up to the city stage for the first time this week and was successful aboard Now You See. The mare is prepared by her employer Ben Currie.
Goldsbury was recommended to the Toowoomba trainer by another former New Zealand apprentice Josh Oliver.
“Josh finished his apprenticeship and he mentioned my name to the stable when they were looking for an apprentice,” she said. “I am really enjoying myself and I am looking forward to riding more in the city.”
Goldsbury, 25, rode 57 winners in New Zealand during her apprenticeship with her father David.
Successful charity day
The annual charity meeting at Pukekohe last Sunday exceeded expectations.
More than $16,000 was raised for the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST) after $9000 went to the cause 12 months ago.
The NZST is a registered charity to assist people with spinal cord impairments, a cause close to the racing community.
Aside from the funds raised, there was on and off the track entertainment, including sporting celebrities taking part in the Wheelchair Challenge against the New Zealand Wheel Black team.
Winx arrives safe and sound
Wonder mare Winx has arrived safely in Melbourne to continue her spring campaign.
“I have been very happy with her work over the past week, which included a gallop on Saturday and again on Tuesday morning prior to leaving the Rosehill stable,” trainer Chris Waller said.
“I am extremely pleased with where her fitness levels are at and she will have a gallop next week to finalise her preparation before the Turnbull Stakes on October 7.”
Stakes assignment for Weather With You
Weather With You will continue his build-up to the Gr.1 Victoria Derby (2500m) when he tackles the Listed UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on Saturday week.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Teofilo gelding finished fourth at Flemington on Wednesday in the Derby Trial (1800m) behind the impressive New Zealand-bred Derby hopeful Tavistock Abbey.
"It was a pretty good run. They went very slowly and Luke Nolen had to take hold of him a couple of times, then they sprinted from the 500m," Baker said.
"He never gave it away and was still coming at the end. We just need to win some prizemoney to make sure he gets into the Derby."