News In Brief
Long Leaf out of Karaka Million
Pre-post Karaka Million (1200m) favourite Long Leaf is out of the Ellerslie feature.
The Victorian youngster earned a $4.50 quote for the January 27 feature following his debut win at Morphettville and further success in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.
However, co-trainer David Hayes has decided against a trip to New Zealand, instead setting Long Leaf for next month’s Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
“He’s going really well and as tempting as the New Zealand race is I’m going to stay at home,” he said.
“At the time it wasn’t apparent, but the form out of his race (the Merson Cooper) has worked out so well I’m going to stay here and aim him at the Blue Diamond.”
Strong colt in line for Slipper start
Strapping juvenile Wisdom Patch has earned himself an outing in black type company.
The son of Snitzel produced a dominant front-running performance to win Thursday’s Baker Racing 1100m at Matamata with next month’s Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m) now a target.
“It was quite a good effort today after he did as much work as he did early and he really kicked well,” said Andrew Scott, who trains the two-year-old with Lance O’Sullivan.
“He’s a lovely, big colt. He’s 16.3 hands so it’s all in front of him.”
Wisdom Patch was ridden aggressively early by Jake Bayliss to lead and they kicked clear 200m from home to score comfortable from Imelda Mary.
Caricature wins for global force
The Tony Pike-trained Caricature added an international flavour when she won at Matamata on Friday.
In her second appearance following a debut fourth, the daughter of Power was successful in the Stable Books Maiden (1600m) in the hands of Leith Innes, who sported the colours of the global thoroughbred powerhouse the China Horse Club.
“She’s an improving filly and has showed a bit at home, she keeps getting better,” stable representative Kade Ormsby said.
Caricature was a $380,000 Karaka purchase out of the 2017 draft of Cambridge Stud, who will offer her yearling half-brother (Lot 441) during the Book 1 Sale on January 28.
Memorable day for apprentice
Taiki Yanagida posted his first New Zealand winner at Matamata on Friday when he guided stable runner Jewel Of Patch to victory.
The 24-year-old, who is apprenticed to Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott, combined with the stable runner for a memorable victory in the Ohukia Lodge 1400m.
“It was a good ride from Taiki,” Scott said. “He let the horse finds its feet and rode patiently.
“He’s a hard-working young fellow and hopefully this is the start of a long and successful career.”
Originally from Matsudo in Japan, Yanagida has been with the stable for nearly a year.
Trentham hopes gallop well
Group One contenders Chambord and Heroic Valour stretched their legs between races at Matamata on Friday.
The JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) hopes galloped 1000 metres in 58.8 with the closing 600m in 33.5.
“They were doing it nicely and both are really finding the line in their races,” said Opie Bosson, who was aboard Heroic Valour.
The pair are trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards who also gave Splurge a run over 1000m in 59.7, the last 600m in 34.6.
“That will tighten him nicely and after working next Tuesday he should be spot on,” Richards said ahead of Splurge’s tilt at the Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m).
Kiwi-bred on Doncaster trail
The A$3 million Gr.1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) is the autumn target for the New Zealand-bred Crack Me Up (NZ) (Mossman).
The Randwick feature is the long-term goal for the son of Mossman who will attempt to add Saturday’s A$1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast to his record.
“He is back at Eagle Farm after a freshen up at Archer Park and he is ready to race well,” trainer Liam Birchley said.
Win, lose or draw on Saturday, the last-start Gr.2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) winner will have a short break before he begins his Doncaster build-up.
“I would be stupid not to aim him at the Doncaster. It is one of Australia’s great races and he doesn’t have to go in the ballot,” Birchley said. “Also, the winners or placegetters in the Villiers have run well in the Doncaster of late.”