News In Brief
Bosson booked for Maygrove
Opie Bosson is the new rider for last-start Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m) winner Maygrove in Saturday week's Gr.3 SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup (2400m) at Te Rapa.
The champion jockey takes over from Johnathan Parkes, who was aboard the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Authorized seven-year-old for his wins in the Feilding Cup (2100m) and Counties Cup, who is ruled out on Saturday week through suspension.
Bosson, who married Trackside presenter Emily Murphy since last riding, returns to riding at Tauranga next Friday.
“I'm looking forward to getting back. I'm a bit hungry actually and I'm looking forward to riding Maygrove again. He was tough at Pukekohe last time and he knows how to win a Cup,” said Bosson, who began a suspension on November 18.
“I need to win a couple - after all, I've got a wife to support now.”
Million chase on
Promising two-year-old Beastmode is nearing the serious stage of chasing down a spot in next month’s Karaka Million (1200m) at Ellerslie.
The Spirit Of Boom colt hasn’t been seen since he finished runner-up to Sir Nate, the subsequent winner of the Listed Wellesley Stakes (1200m), over 790m at Wanganui in September.
“He’s good and he’ll trial on December 18 and then we’ll get a race into him to try to qualify for the Karaka Million,” trainer Andrew Campbell said.
Watch and wait with Rangipo
The immediate programme of the Group One winner Rangipo will be decided after he resumes at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Trainer Tony Pike said they would firm up plans for the five-year-old following the Ray White NZ 1200m.
“He’s the soundest we’ve ever had him and it’s a nice chance to see where we are with him.
“If he happened to run a real bottler then we might look to the Railway.”
Last year’s Gr.1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) winner, Rangipo hasn’t raced since he was unplaced in the Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) after sitting three wide without cover from the outside gate.