News In Brief
Top sprinter to Otaki
Start Wondering is likely to kick off a new campaign at Otaki.
Connections had originally pencilled in Saturday’s Listed Legacy Lodge Sprint (1200m) as the starting point for the champion sprinter’s resuming run, but have now delayed his return until the Listed Chainey’s Panasonic Levin Stakes (1200m) on December 1.
“He’s had a couple of jump-outs, but he needs another jump-out, trial or a gallop at the races,” said J.J. Rayner, who trains Start Wondering with her father Evan.
Emotional win for Waddell
Jason Waddell posted a highly emotional victory at Te Awamutu this afternoon.
The accomplished jockey wore a black arm band aboard Grosvenor Bridge to mark the passing on Tuesday of his mother and he blew a kiss skyward as he returned to scale with the debut winner.
No holding Odeon back
Smart four-year-old Odeon has come right following a couple of indifferent displays to open his current campaign.
The New Zealand-bred son of Zacinto returned to winning form over 1700m at Caulfield two runs back and on Melbourne Cup day he struck again in the Listed James Boag’s Premium Stakes (1800m).
“He stayed down in the weights which suited him,” said Matt Ellerton, who trains the gelding with Simon Zahra. “He could go to both the Eclipse and the Ballarat Cup, but there’s a few options for him.”
Odeon has won three of his six starts and last term he also finished third in the Gr.1 South Australian Derby (2500m).
Trip sees Humidor out
The New Zealand-bred Humidor failed to cope with the distance of the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), according to his rider Blake Shinn.
“He just doesn’t run the two miles, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “He gave me a nice ride throughout, but the pressure went on and he didn’t respond.”
Despite his unplaced effort, the Darren Weir-trained Humidor has enjoyed a lucrative spring campaign with victory in the Gr.1 Maybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and placings in the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) and in the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).