News In Brief
No word on Lizzie’s immediate future
A decision on whether Lizzie L’Amour returns home or makes another appearance in Melbourne has yet to be decided.
The Zabeel mare dropped out to beat only one runner home in Wednesday’s Gr.3 Geelong Cup (2400m) after making the running.
“Obviously, it was a disappointing run,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the five-year-old with Murray Baker. “There’s a thought we may take the blinkers off and try her on the last day of the carnival in the Matriarch Stakes, but nothing has been decided.”
Meanwhile, he is pleased with Vin De Dance’s condition but wary about his chances in Saturday’s Gr.2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).
“He’s well, but he’s still on his first preparation. It’s never easy,” Forsman said.
Vin De Dance won and was placed in three New Zealand starts and finished third in his Australian debut over 1600m at Caulfield.
“It was a game run, he’s still a bit green,” Forsman said.
Florence Jean sidelined
Trainer John Morell has taken the cautious approach with quality three-year-old filly Florence Jean and has withdrawn her from Saturday’s Listed Partners Life Soliloquy Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie.
The daughter of Pins suffered from a virus in early September, but bounced back to finish runner-up in the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes (1200m) late last month.
Morell has sent Florence Jean for a spell after a persistent cough failed to resolve.
“Her bloods are perfect, but when you work her she is still coughing,” Morell said.
“It’s no good going to the races unless you’re 100 per cent right. It’s just not worth risking her and there are plenty of three-year-old races after Christmas.”
The decision to head to the paddock also rules Florence Jean out of a tilt at the Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Collett back on star filly
Alysha Collett will be reunited with Prom Queen in next month’s Gr.1 gavelhouse.com New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
Suspension cost the Pukekohe-based jockey the ride when the filly ran away with the Gr.3 Barneswood Farm Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton where cousin Samantha ably deputised.
“It was disappointing to miss the ride, but it was a one off,” said Collett, who doesn’t doubt Prom Queen’s ability to run a strong mile. “It was good to see her win like she did though and run a good time.”
She has ridden the daughter of Super Easy in six of her eight wins, including the Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), the Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) and the Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m).
Juveniles spread far and wide for Te Akau
Te Akau two-year-old runners will span all three New Zealand venues on Saturday.
As well as Listed Anuka Smoker Wellesley Stakes (1000m) contender Queen Of The Air, Matamata trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards will produce impressive Riccarton debut winner Avantage in the NZB Insurance Pearl Series 2YO (800m) at the same track on Saturday and Exceed And Excel colt Al Hasa contests the Cure Kids 880m at Ellerslie.
A trial winner and trials placed in two public appearances, Al Hasa is a $625,000 Karaka yearling purchase out of Group One performer Oasis Rose and will have the services of Cameron Lammas on debut.
"He's a high-priced yearling that we have a good opinion of. He's trialled well and his work has been spot on," Richards said.
"Avantage is going well. She was a bit green in her action in that first win so we've changed things around with her and put the side winkers on. She'll also go into the gates with a barrier blanket to help get her away from the barriers a bit cleaner."
Allpress booked for scans
Leading jockey Lisa Allpress will undergo MRI scans next week to further assess the damage on her shoulders that she injured in a jump-out fall at Hawera last week.
Allpress injured the AC joint on her left shoulder and sprained her right shoulder after her mount tripped over a fallen horse and dumped her to the turf.
She was referred for the scans by an orthopaedic specialist she visited this week.
"I'm still pretty sore, but I've been doing hydrotherapy and visited an acupuncturist and I feel a lot better. There's been massive improvement in my left shoulder," Allpress said.
The two-time national premiership winner hopes to return to race day riding by Christmas.
Derby ambitions for Demonetization
Pukekohe trainer Nigel Tiley has set his sights on the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) with his promising three-year-old Demonetization after his impressive win in the Haunui Farm 3YO (1200m) at Pukekohe on Friday.
Ridden by Jason Waddell, he travelled three-wide the trip before tackling his opposition in the last 150m on the heavy surface.
“He’s got a big future this horse, he’s a quality animal,” Tiley said.
“I was a little worried (about the heavy track), but I know he has got a bit of quality and I think that is what helped him. He’s probably just a bit better than the others.
“He has sort of switched on since his trial at Ruakaka and Jason got off him and said this is a real horse, so we have got a bit to look forward to I think.
“He’s the sort of horse that I’d like to think we can set for the Derby. I know it is very early, but he’s just a quality animal with a great pedigree.”
Demonetization is a graduate of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs where the son of All Too Hard and the Zabeel mare Midnight Special was purchased by Auckland-based Narendra Balia for $220,000.
Megablast heading to Cup
Megablast has pulled up well after his eighth-placing in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on Sunday according to his trainer Nigel Tiley.
The Shinko King gelding, who failed to fire in a recent Melbourne spring campaign, is now set to target the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) next month.
“He pulled up very well and went out to Catherine Cleghorn at the beach,” Tiley said. “He’ll have a week to ten days out there and we’ll probably bring him back and head to Christchurch.”