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Racing Desk
18 October 2017

2YO doesn’t disappoint at Te Aroha

Espumoso ran up to expectations at Te Aroha on Wednesday when posting a debut success.

The Pins youngster appreciated the improved Dead 4 conditions to account for the favourite Dublin Rose in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series Race (1000m).

“He trialled really well on a track at Avondale that was too wet for him,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the juvenile with Murray Baker. “He’s got a good action and on a better track we thought he would be hard to beat.”

Espumoso, who is from the family of the Group One winners Sacred Star and Diademe, was ridden by Matt Cameron.

“Once I gave him one with the stick he let down really well,” he said. “He’s a nice horse and going to make a lovely three-year-old.”

International makes his mark

A former champion South African apprentice has opened his account in New Zealand.

Brandon Morgenrood struck his first winning blow when he was successful aboard Aongatete Express for trainer Gary Alton in the Nottingham Castle Maiden (2200m) at Te Aroha on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old rode nearly 500 winners in South Africa and he also enjoyed a successful spell in Mauritius.

Reprieve for White Robe

The White Robe Lodge (1600m) at Wingatui has retained its Group Three status.

It had been downgraded by the New Zealand Pattern Committee, but the Otago Racing Club’s decision to move from handicap to weight-for-age conditions has resulted in a reprieve.

However, the committee said this would be the final opportunity for the race to attract the quality of field required to retain its Group rating.

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