News In Brief
Travel plans for smart 4YO
Beaumarchais will head to the central districts for his next start and a bold showing will see him travel further afield.
The two-time winner, who finished runner-up in last season’s Gr.3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) and fourth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m), will step out in the Gr.3 Anuka Smoker Thompson Handicap (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday week.
“If he performs well then he’ll keep going south to Christchurch for the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile,” co-trainer Jamie Richards said.
Beaumarchais recently resumed at Ruakaka where he finished third over 1400m.
“We’re very pleased with him, it was hard to make ground from the back there and he did that,” Richards said.
Geelong next for Lizzie
Zabeel mare Lizzie L’Amour will attempt to turn her form around in next Wednesday’s Gr.3 Geelong Cup (2400m).
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained stayer failed to race up to expectations last time out when unplaced in the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) and connections subsequently decided against a start in the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
“There is the Geelong Cup and the Moonee Valley Cup, but we thought the Geelong track might suit her better,” Baker said.
"Of course she might bump into a couple of the internationals, but that's the way it is at this time of year.”
Marky Mark progressing well
Group One winner Marky Mark is in good heart ahead of his upcoming campaign.
“He’s well and trialled up nicely when he won at Ruakaka,” said Moira Murdoch, who trains the five-year-old with her daughter Kieran. “He’ll probably kick off at Ellerslie on October 28.”
Marky Mark, who claimed the Gr.1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes at two, won races at Pukekohe Park and at Tauranga when sparingly raced last term.
“We wanted him to have a quieter season, he was quite busy as a two and three-year-old,” Murdoch said.