News In Brief

Racing Desk
13 November 2017

Australia beckons star 3YO

A trip across the Tasman in the autumn is very much on the cards for Embellish.

“He’s a top colt and we’d like to take him over for the Australian Guineas if all goes well,” said Jamie Richards, who trains the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) hero with Stephen Autridge.

Unbeaten in three starts this season, Embellish accounted for his stablemate Age Of Fire in Saturday’s classic with the third Te Akau representative Te Akau Shark finishing fourth.

“They’ve all come through the race nicely and trotted up well on Sunday morning,” Richards said.

With an Australian Group One feature on Embellish’s programme, domestic age group targets have been mapped out for Age Of Fire and Te Akau Shark.

“Age Of Fire will go to the Levin Classic at Trentham and then head toward the Derby,” Te Akau principal David Ellis said.

“Te Akau Shark will probably have three weeks in the paddock and then we’ll get him ready for races like the Waikato Guineas and the Avondale Guineas and the New Zealand Derby.”

Hoping for best again from Animator

The enigmatic Animator will this week return to the scene of his latest success.

Not the easiest horse to second guess, he won for the fifth time in his career earlier this month at Awapuni, where he will contest a Rating 75 event over 2100m on Thursday.

“I’m never quite sure what to expect, he beats us most of the time, but he’s as fit as we can get him,” trainer Brendon Hawtin said. “Jonathan Riddell will ride him.”

Jockey impressed by debutant

Troy Harris has predicted a bright future for debut winner My Gene Genie.

The Cambridge-based rider guided the grey four-year-old to a first-up victory at Hawke’s Bay on Sunday for trainer Alex Oliveira, who was narrowly denied a double when Darci De Luca finished second in the following event.

“He’s a horse going places, he put them to sleep pretty easily,” Harris said.

My Gene Genie is a son of Mastercraftsman and the Listed Counties Bowl (1200m) winner Fiorenza.

Kiwi-bred collects another feature

New Zealand-bred Gilt Complex has continued his hot run of form in Singapore.

The Cliff Brown-trained son of Gold Centre added Sunday’s S$1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) at Kranji to his previous success in the S$700,000 Raffles Cup (1800m).

In winning the final two legs of the Triple Crown series he earned his connections a bonus S$50,000.

“It means a great deal to win the Singapore Gold Cup, especially after I’ve had a few placings in that race,” said Brown, who had previously produced Deep Pockets to run third and Tenzings to finish fourth.

Walker out on his own

Mark Walker has extended his already massive lead in his quest for another Singapore trainers’ premiership.

A double on Sunday with She’s The One and New Zealand-bred and owned Kingsman took him to 84 winners with Shane Baertschiger a distant second on 57.

Kingsman was making his Singapore debut when successful over 1200m at Kranji.

“He’s a horse who’s run in Group races back home,” said Walker, who won the New Zealand premiership five times and the Singapore title in 2015. “These Darci Brahmas just thrive here. They are quite relaxed and do very well.” 

Kingsman was a winner and ran third in the Karaka Million (1200m) for Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard before joining Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards’ stable. He finished third in the Gr.3 Mongolian Khan Trophy (1200m) from a handful of starts for them.

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