News In Brief
Injury setback for Mime
The summer preparation of the quality mare Mime is over.
The Group Two winner and Group One placegetter was to have contested Saturday’s Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) before injury ruled out her trip to Wellington.
“Unfortunately, she rolled a joint and has damaged ligaments,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the five-year-old with Murray Baker.
“It’s the end of her preparation and hopefully we can get her back for the autumn.”
Smart colt back in work
Talented colt Aim Smart is back at Tony Pike’s Cambridge quarters.
“We’ll be taking him along quietly and then get his confidence up with a win or two on the good tracks hopefully,” he said.
An impressive winner of his only juvenile start, Aim Smart finished runner-up in the Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) in the spring before a succession of rain-affected tracks cut short his preparation for the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
Meanwhile, his stablemates and fellow three-year-olds Bostonian and Felton Road are still spelling.
“Felton Road is due back soon, he unfortunately had a stifle injury after the Hawke’s Bay Guineas,” Pike said.
Railway hope in good heart
Fully Funded is making excellent progress toward the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day.
“I couldn’t be happier with him,” trainer Joanne Surgenor said. “I’ll probably give him a trial or a jump-out before the Railway.”
Fully Funded had three trials before he successfully resumed in the Listed Counties Bowl (1100m) at Pukekohe where he beat Go Nicholas and Heroic Valour.