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Devise looking good for Te Rapa
Shaune Ritchie is bullish about Devise’s prospects in the Gr.2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday.
“She looks a good chance to get some more black type on the pedigree page,” the Cambridge trainer said. “As long as she races up to expectations and comes through well, the Zabeel Classic is on the cards.”
Devise will be ridden by Michael Coleman while Chris Johnson will be aboard her stablemate Let Her Rip.
“Chris Johnson is a good booking for Let Her Rip, we’ll be riding her cold as she’s best when she’s held up for the last crack at them,” Ritchie said.
Telegraph top target
A Group One date with the older horses is the preferred option for Sensei during next month’s Wellington Cup carnival.
The colt has been nominated for the Gr.1 Grant Plumbing Levin Classic (1600m) on January 13, but trainers Michael and Matthew Pitman are keener to tackle the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) a week later if Sensei can gain a start.
The three-year-old has won three of his 10 starts and hasn’t raced since he finished fifth, after being forced over extra ground on the turn by a wayward runner, in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
Kiwi-bred colt wins again
Civil Disobedience furthered his prospects of a possible trip home with his latest success at Mornington.
The Kiwi-bred son of Raise The Flag, who posted his second win from six starts for trainer Darren Weir over 2000m on Wednesday, holds a nomination for next year’s Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m).
Civil Disobedience is currently a $61 chance in the Derby market.