News In Brief
Time called on Blizzard’s career
Cambridge galloper Blizzard has been retired with the decision made in the wake of an unplaced last-start effort at Ellerslie.
The grey seven-year-old won six races and made his mark in black type company with second placings in both the Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie and the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe.
He was also fourth in the Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.
“He’s done such a good job for the owners,” co-trainer Emma-Lee Browne said. “There’s nothing wrong with him, age is catching up and we didn’t want to keep running him until he drops down the grades.”
Blinkers for Kiwi colt
Summer Passage sported a new look when he made an appearance during the Breakfast with the Stars session at Flemington.
The Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott-trained three-year-old wore blinkers in a relaxed gallop on Tuesday over 1000m in 1.08.92, the last 400m in 25.97.
Summer Passage will run in blinkers in Saturday’s A$1 million Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. He will be ridden by Blake Shinn, who won last season’s Gr.1 Sistema Stakes (1200m) on the colt, from barrier 10.
Victory duly delivered
Mark Du Plessis won two trials on Hezthewonforus and he expected a similar result at the colt’s race day debut Avondale on Wednesday.
The Karaka-based jockey’s judgement was on the money when he partnered the Bruce Wallace and Allan Peard-trained son of Sufficent to a runaway victory in the Avondale Sunday Markets 1400m.
“I didn’t think I would be in front from barrier rise, but he’s learned from the trials and won like I thought he could,” Du Plessis said. “He’s a big baby, but he’s got a fair motor.”
Filly’s followers finally rewarded
Good things come to those who wait as supporters of Mongolian Beauty found at Avondale.
The Fastnet Rock filly broke her maiden in Wednesday’s AJC Members’ 1400m at her seventh start after five previous placings, four of them runner-up finishes.
“It was good to see her really knuckle down and hit the line like that,” co-trainer Andrew Forsman said. She’ll be better in the autumn and when she learns to relax and gets up over ground I think you’ll see a really good horse.”