News In Brief
Potent combination reunited
Rosie Myers will be reunited with one of her favourite horses on Boxing Day.
She will be back aboard the Adrian and Harry Bull-trained Benzini in the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie.
“He’s going well and I think around 2000 to 2400m is his best trip,” Myers said.
She missed the ride on Benzini when he finished fourth under Leah Hemi in the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m), a race not originally on the horse’s programme and Myers was committed to Consensus, who finished second.
Myers has won six races on Benzini, including the Gr.2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), and they have also finished runner-up at Group One level in the New Zealand Stakes (2000m) and the Livamol Classic (2040m).
Fresh approach to Cup
Snow Secret’s training regime will be changed ahead of her summer target.
The Cambridge mare has been set for a third tilt at the Gr.3 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham on January 20.
Fourth in 2016 and an unlucky seventh last year, Snow Secret didn’t pull up 100 per cent when unplaced in last Saturday’s Gr.3 Waikato Cup (2400m).
“She tied up quite badly after that, which is a bit of a shame, so I don’t think I’ll run her before the Wellington Cup,” Shaune Ritchie said.
“We’ll train her English-style with long, slow work without sprinting her up.”
Dee answers Group One call
Expatriate New Zealand jockey Michael Dee will partner Consensus in the Gr.1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
Now firmly established in Melbourne, Dee has answered the call from the mare’s connections after Alysha Collett copped a suspension at Ellerslie last Sunday.
She defended a charge of slowing the pace aboard Cinematic to the degree that it caused interference to other runners, but was deemed to be guilty and was suspended for seven days from December 22.
Dee’s Ellerslie rides also include Princess Rihanna in the Gr.2 Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic (1600m) and the two-year-old Nirvana In Fire.