News In Brief
Classic aim for Wellington winner
Lisa Latta has Group One aspirations for her Trentham winner Platinum Volos.
“We’ll set him for the Levin Classic and take him through the grades in the meantime,” the Awapuni trainer said.
Platinum Volos showed his appreciation of the improved going at Trentham on Saturday when he powered home under rider Opie Bosson to win the NZTBA Wellington Branch Guineas Trial (1200m).
“I said to Opie that the better track would really suit him,” Latta said.
Golden result for Phelan
Cambridge trainer Craig Phelan gained a consolation prize at Ellerslie where Worthiswaitngold relished the Slow 9 going to post the fourth win of his career.
The six-year-old has been patiently handled and success in Saturday’s Total Property Worx 2100m came at just his 16th start.
The victory was the fifth of the season for Phelan, who was philosophical about the recent sale of his unbeaten three-year-old Notabadcraftsman to Hong Kong interests. “It’s sad to let him go, but money talks and you move on,” he said.
Cup history beckons
Veteran stayer Who Shot Thebarman has earned his shot at history with his Gr.2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) victory.
A nine-year-old, the New Zealand-bred and owned son of Yamanin Vital will now be given the opportunity to become the oldest winner of the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
“You'll see him on the first Tuesday of November,” trainer Chris Waller said. "He's been in the race three times. The first time he ran third, the second time he was knocked over and almost fell. The third time he ran fifth.”
Who Shot Thebarman is raced by brothers Dan, Humphrey, Michael and Shaun O’Leary, who are from the Wanganui and Rangitikei districts.
Break on cards for Kiwi-bred
New Zealand-bred five-year-old Moss ‘N’ Dale’s victory in the Listed Sale Cup (1600m) on Sunday is likely to be rewarded with a spell.
“I think he deserves his break,” trainer Peter Gelagotis said. “He’s the favourite horse in my stable. You can do anything with him and every day of the week he gives the same effort.”
Moss ‘N’ Dale is a son of Castledale and has now won 10 of his 21 starts.