News In Brief
Overseas trip for top apprentice
Champion New Zealand apprentice Sam Weatherley will further his racing experience in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, next week.
Weatherley, who will be accompanied by New Zealand Thoroughbred riding mentor Noel Harris, will attend the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) Training and Education Conference.
The 18-year-old will leave Auckland on Tuesday night, after riding at Ellerslie that day, and return on November 13.
Weatherley will not have a race ride in Abu Dhabi, but will participate in the jockey workshops, which will focus on video replay analysis, techniques for interacting with media and use of social media platforms. Expert advice will be provided by leading riding coaches from around the world.
Stablemates on trial for Cup
The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained pair of Grazia and Imperium will both front up in Saturday week’s Listed Redwood Metropolitan Trophy Handicap (2500m) at Riccarton.
“They’ll run with a view to the New Zealand Cup,” Te Akau principal David Ellis said.
Grazia won the Listed Spring Classic (2000m) last time out while Imperium, who was third in last year’s Cup, was fourth over 2100m at Ashburton at his most recent appearance.
Sargent eyeing fillies’ double again
Expatriate Kiwi trainer John Sargent is in familiar territory with the New Zealand-bred filly Luvaluva.
He has the daughter of Mastercraftsman in Melbourne for a crack at Saturday’s Gr.2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and the Gr.1 VRC Oaks (2500m) five days later.
Sargent prepared Kirramosa to complete the double in 2013 and the following year Thunder Lady won the Wakeful and finished runner-up in the Oaks.
“She is a bit in between both of those horses, Kirramosa was a bit more brilliant whereas Thunder Lady was more of a stayer,” Sargent said. “Luvaluva has an exciting turn of foot and she can stay as well.”
In-form jockey Blake Shinn, who rode four winners on Cox Plate Day, will ride Luvaluva.