News In Brief
Test for Derby hopeful
Owen Patrick will get an early taste of black type competition when he runs in the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The Ocean Park colt has made a promising start to his career with minor placings in each of his two runs to date.
“He’s a progressive three-year-old who may find the 1500m too short, he’s looking for further already but we’ll get a line on him,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said.
Owen Patrick is nominated for the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) and is currently rated a $61 chance.
Stayer confirms Cup plans
Rock On’s latest success has earned him a trip north for a premier prize.
The five-year-old posted the fifth win of his career on Friday when he outstayed his rivals to win the Dunstan Feeds Championship Qualifier (2300m) at Otaki.
“He’ll go to the Waikato Cup next and the 2400m on a big track will suit him,” trainer Gary Vile said.
Rock On was again tardily out of the gates before he improved four wide 700m from home and he stayed on strongly in the run home to account for Sampson.
“I don’t know what to do about his barrier manners, but over 2400m and two miles it shouldn’t be so much of a problem,” Vile said.
Another double strike for Shocking
The progeny of Rich Hill Stud stallion Shocking are on a roll.
He was represented by Avondale winners Formidable and Mental Telepathy on Thursday and at Otaki on Friday he produced another winning double that emphasised the son of Street Cry’s versatility.
Promising staying mare Solesefei started the ball rolling with a strong staying performance in the Summerset On The Coast Premier (2300m) before Scandalo proved too slick for the Rating 75 speedsters in the Red Diamond Services Premier (1200m).
Valuable maiden victory
Deb’s breakthrough win at Rotorua this week came with a healthy bonus.
The lightly-raced Darci Brahma four-year-old struck in her fifth race day appearance in Wednesday’s New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race (1215m) for trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen.
Bred and raced by Lowry’s father Pat, Deb claimed the thick end of the $12,000 stake as well as an $11,500 bonus.
“She’s always showed us a bit – she’s taken time, but she’s matured now and hopefully she can pick up a few more,” Cullen said.