News In Brief
Charles Road on right path
Loftier goals await one of last season’s better three-year-olds following a return to form at Pukekohe.
Charles Road bounced back to his best with a comprehensive defeat of a competitive Rating 85 line-up over 1600m on Wednesday to confirm plans to a future return to black type racing.
“It’s really encouraging going into the summer months and some of the better mile races,” said Andrew Scott, who trains the gelding with Lance O’Sullivan.
“Lance picked out this race some time ago and it’s good for the horse’s confidence, hopefully onwards and upwards now.”
Charles Road won the Gr.3 Manawatu Classic (2000m) last term off the back of a solid run for sixth in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).
However, he failed to come up in the spring which Scott attributed to the weather and Charles Road’s age.
“There were wet tracks and it’s not easy at that stage against the older horses,” he said.
Quiet approach with Haussmann
Tony Pike’s challenge with Haussmann is to get the capable three-year-old to settle better in his races.
The Cambridge trainer will run the son of Pour Moi in Saturday’s Gr.3 Hynds Holdings Limited Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) off a two-month break.
“He’s well and his biggest issue is that he gets too keen,” Pike said. “We’ll be riding him quietly at Ellerslie. He’s in the Derby, whether he’ll stay I’m not sure but we’ll be giving him every opportunity.”
Scream Park in the mix for Ellerslie
Chris Waller is hoping for a return home for Ocean Park’s son Scream Park.
The expatriate New Zealand trainer is keen on a start in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on January 27 for the colt, who on Wednesday at Warwick Farm was successful over 1400m in his third race day appearance.
Scream Park was purchased at Karaka last year for $185,000 from the Premier Sale draft of Lime Country Thoroughbreds.
“When you go to New Zealand you’ve got to buy something with a bit of quality and something our Australian investors respect,” Waller said.
“We’ve bought a few Ocean Parks so it’s good for us and good for New Zealand’s breeding (industry) if they can start to win a few races.”
Koru Thoroughbreds will offer a half-brother (Lot 92) by Dundeel to Scream Park during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka in 2018.
All’s well with Group One performer
Injury-troubled Group One performer What’s The Story is making slow and steady progress.
He was a two-time winner and finished runner-up in last year’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) from Stephen McKee’s stable before he suffered a tendon injury more than a year ago.
Now with Stephen Marsh, What’s The Story is in light work.
“He’s been on the treadmill and swimming and we’re happy with how his leg works,” the Cambridge trainer said.
“We’ll step up his work next week, but there’s no set plan with him at this stage.”