News In Brief
Allpress fixes date for race day return
Wanganui jockey Lisa Allpress has set Thursday week's Waipukurau meeting as the date for her comeback to race riding.
Allpress has been side-lined since last October when she suffered career-threatening shoulder injuries in a jump-out fall.
She received her doctor's clearance to resume riding earlier this week and has supplemented trackwork riding to her cycling and running fitness regime as she prepares for a return to racing.
“I'll probably just take three or four rides at Waipukurau for my first day, but I'm happy with where my fitness is at,” said Allpress, a two-time national jockey’s premiership winner.
“I'm feeling no pain in my shoulders at all from riding trackwork and I can't wait to get back out there on raceday.”
Allpress will take a limited book of rides at Waipukurau before riding at Riccarton two days later, with Wanganui and Awapuni's Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes day booked in for the following week.
No plans in place yet for top mare
The immediate future of the dual Group One winner Lizzie L’Amour has yet to be confirmed.
She was unsuccessful in her bid last Saturday to retain her Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) title at Ellerslie where she found the ground against her.
“The track was too firm for her and she didn’t let go like she can,” co-trainer Murray Baker said. “We haven’t decided what we’re going to do with her yet.”
Lizzie L’Amour collected the second Group One win of her career two runs back when she coasted home by a wide margin in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa.
Damage to the Tauranga track caused by unusual climatic conditions have forced venue changes with Saturday’s meeting transferred to Rotorua.
The rail will be out 1.5m and the distances will now be 2200m, 1560m, 1400m, 1215m.
The Tauranga meeting on March 24, which includes the Gr.2 Windsor Park Stud Japan Trophy (1600m), will now be held at Matamata with the scheduled 2100m races to be run over 2000m.
Ozil responding to patient approach
Time looks like bringing out the best in the promising three-year-old Ozil.
He was spelled after running fourth in heavy going in the Listed Wanganui Guineas (1340m) and is working well ahead of a return.
“He won his first start at Wairoa, and there’s been a bit of form to come out of that race, but he’s a horse who was terribly light in condition and immature,” Awapuni trainer Mike Breslin said.
“He battled with the wet track at Wanganui as a spring three-year-old so we gave him a nice break. He’s handling life better around the stable now, he’s talented and a beautifully-actioned horse.
“He’s had a jump-out and he might kick off at the Sires’ Produce Stakes meeting.”