News In Brief

Racing Desk
23 October 2017

Classic success puts Riccarton in doubt

Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are rethinking future plans for Wait A Sec in the wake of his upset Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) victory.

The Hastings trainers had been keen on a crack at the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m), but Sunday’s success in their home town weight-for-age feature has now made the trip to Riccarton unlikely.

“He hasn’t got much to prove and we’ll make a decision in the next few days,” Lowry said. “He’s pulled up well and he’s a happy horse. The Auckland Cup at set weights and penalties looks a better race for him.”

Sargent chasing second Oaks

Expatriate New Zealand trainer John Sargent has eyes for a second Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m) title.

He won the 2013 feature with Kirramosa and prepared Thunder Lady to finish runner-up a year later and this time around his Flemington hopes rest with the Kiwi-bred Luvaluva.

The daughter of Mastercraftsman booked her trip to the Melbourne spring carnival with her runner-up finish over 1600m at Randwick on Saturday.

“That was the run I was looking for,” Sargent said. “She will go to the Wakeful Stakes and then the Oaks. “She is out of a Galileo mare and the further she goes the more she will like it.”

Beauty of a win

Beauty Generation has continued his march through the grades in Hong Kong with his second feature race win in three weeks, leading home a John Moore quinella and giving jockey Derek Leung his most notable career victory in the Gr. 2 Sha Tin Trophy (1600m) at Sha Tin.

The New Zealand-bred son of Road To Rock, who as Montaigne finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), enjoyed a perfect trail and he rounded off strongly in the straight to beat his stablemate Booming Delight.

“The winner is a model of consistency, he had a perfect draw today. We were hoping to lead but when Winner’s Way pressed on, Derek went for Plan B – drop back and sit outside the leader. He’s hit the line well and just prevailed.”

Kiwi-bred completes memorable day

Ballarat trainer Matt Cumani achieved a first in his fledgling career on Sunday, training a race day double on the Seymour Cup card.

The win of the New Zealand-bred Tavistock three-year-old Greycliffe followed the earlier success of the OTI-syndicated Tristano.

“Greycliffe is coming along really nicely. I was a bit disappointed not to win with him last time, I was hoping to keep his record intact, but nice to come here and do it convincingly,” Cumani said.

The gelding remains in the mix for the Gr.1 VRC Derby (2500m) at Flemington on November 4.

Classic winner fined

Wanganui jockey Johnathan Parkes was relieved of $1200 after his upset win aboard Wait A Sec in Sunday’s Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m).

He was fined for excessive use of the whip in the Hawke’s Bay feature while Opie Bosson, rider of the runner-up Gingernuts, was also guilty of the same offence and fined $1000.


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