News In Brief
Ellerslie experience for future Cup contender
Wait A Sec will run at Ellerslie on Tuesday with a view to a longer-term Group One return.
“We’re looking forward to it and giving him a run that way around and then later on, all going well, he’ll head back for the Auckland Cup,” said Guy Lowry, who trains with Grant Cullen.
Wait A Sec will go into the Gr.3 OMF Stakes (2000m) off the back of his upset Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) win at Hawke’s Bay.
“He’s really been working well and he’s bouncing around,” Lowry said.
Kiwi jockey out to defy odds again
New Zealand jockey Corey Parish will be chasing another upset Group One win aboard Boom Time in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday.
The former Cambridge apprentice partnered the gelding to claim the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) at odds of better than 50-1 and they will again be an outside combination at Flemington, which puzzles co-trainer David Hayes.
“Boom Time's a Caulfield Cup winner with no weight and the horse that ran third (Johannes Vermeer) is one of the favourites,” Hayes said.
“It was a hard Caulfield Cup run and he was strong and sometimes you look past the obvious.”
Raghu makes presence felt
Well-travelled Kiwi-bred galloper Raghu has made an immediate impact in Australia.
The Showcasing five-year-old was successful in his first appearance for local trainer Jason Warren when he won a 1600m handicap at Mornington on Sunday
Raghu began his career with Cambridge trainer Tony Pike and won the Listed Karaka 3YO Mile (1600m) before he finished third in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
He subsequently joined Caspar Fownes’ Hong Kong stable, but following five unsuccessful starts there he transferred to Warren.
Trainer changes tack
Iain Kennedy has been forced down a different path with his Group One performer Endean Rose.
The Rotorua trainer had intended to run the mare in Tuesday’s Gr.3 OMF Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie on her way to the Gr.1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic (2000m) on Boxing Day, but has had to change plans.
“She’s just had a few little issues and she’s not quite ready,” Kennedy said of his Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) placegetter.
“I’ll freshen her up and go to the Cal Isuzu Stakes and then the Zabeel.”