News In Brief

Racing Desk
17 October 2017

Kawi looking good

Multiple Group One winner Kawi is back in work after time off following minor placings at the Hawke’s Bay carnival.

He was fourth in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) and third in the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m), striking unsuitable soft tracks on both occasions.

“He’s had two weeks off and he looks magnificent,” trainer Allan Sharrock said. “There’s nowhere to go until the Tauranga Stakes and three weeks after that is the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham, hopefully we’ll get some good tracks by then.”


High hopes for filly

Dublin Rose is tipped to give a bold account of herself at Te Aroha on Wednesday.

The O’Reilly two-year-old will debut in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1200m) off the back of a smart effort at the Te Teko trials.

“She’s a very speedy filly who won her trial well,” co-trainer Jamie Richards said. “Her work has been good and we expect her to run very well.”

Meanwhile, stablemate Fashionably will return to action in the Donaghys Pro-Dairy 1400m, her first start since finishing fifth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

“She’s had a good spell and is coming along nicely,” Richards said. “We’ll get her rating up a bit before we pick out some black type targets.”


Chocante to return home

Plans for a Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) start for Chocante have been scrapped.

The Stephen Marsh-trained stayer raced below expectations when seventh in Saturday’s St Leger Stakes (2600m) at Randwick and he will return home on the first available flight.

However, Chocante raced creditably during his Sydney campaign with a third placing in the Gr.1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and he also ran third behind the champion mare Winx in the Gr.2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).


Injury rules out Cup hope

Imported Japanese galloper Admire Deus has sustained a serious leg injury in a track gallop and will not run in Saturday’s A$3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m).

The equal favourite was working at Warrnambool on Tuesday morning under the watchful eye of Darren Weir’s assistant trainer Jarrod McLean.


NZTBA appointment

Justine Sclater has been appointed as the new Business and Operations Development Manager for the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.

She is well known within the industry having worked at both Haunui Farm and Waikato Stud, in client liaison and the marketing of stallions. She also previously served as secretary of the Waikato branch of the NZTBA for 10 years.

Sclater will take up her new position early next month and will be based in the Hamilton offices of New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing. She will attend the Ready To Run sales later in the month and will be embarking on familiarisation visits to all the branches in the months to come

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