News In Brief

Racing Desk
9 October 2017

Injury counts Tavago out

The spring campaign of the New Zealand-bred Group One winner Tavago is over.

Trent Busuttin, who trains with his partner Natalie Young, said the son of Tavistock was turned out after his unplaced run in the Gr.3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley last time out.

“He pulled up sore again so he’s gone straight to the paddock. We’ll concentrate on the autumn with him when the tracks are wetter.

“You’ve got to be smart about it and do the right thing by the horse.”

Tavago won the 2016 Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) and last season he also added the Gr.2 Sky High Stakes (2000m) to his record.

Tracks key to promising 3YO

Connections of Beyond Dispute are prepared to play a waiting game with the smart colt.

The three-year-old was withdrawn from last Friday’s Te Rapa meeting and he will need a reasonable surface at Taupo on Wednesday to take his place in the Starlight Cinema Handicap (1000m).

“We took him out last week because of the track and he’s a front-running horse who drew out wide,” trainer Steven Cole said.

“We really like him and Taupo would suit him, but if the rain comes he won’t run.”

Beyond Dispute has won two of his six starts, including a last-start success at Ruakaka where he beat the subsequent winner Legramor.

Filly swinging toward Guineas

Swing Note’s maiden success at Riccarton has boosted her prospects for next month’s Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).

The Encosta de Lago filly led all the way on Saturday to win over 1400m, an effort that saw her classic odds cut from $61 to $31.

“We were very pleased with that,” said co-trainer Jamie Richards. “Steve (Autridge) and I had planned to probably ride her a bit colder than that, but she jumped and put herself in the race.

“She dictated terms (in front) and was very good through the line which should enable her to get over more distance.

“Where we go to from here we’re not sure, but probably a mile around Riccarton should suit her nicely and she may go to the Zacinto Stakes there at the end of the month.”

Side-lined Danis wins award

A recent award has boosted the spirits of injured apprentice Darren Danis.

The 25-year-old was named the Most Improved Apprentice at the annual Milan Park Waikato Apprentice Jockeys’ Awards.

Employed by Matamata trainer Wayne Hillis, Danis is currently side-lined after a nasty fall at the Phar Lap Raceway in July.

“I’m out for the rest of the year. After surgery to my fractured T3 and T4 vertebrae, doctors told me I had to wait at least until next January to have a better idea if I can resume my riding career,” he said.

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