News In Brief
Last-start winner in top shape
Stakes performer Ohceedee is in the right order to double his career tally.
The last-start maiden winner has trained on particularly well ahead of The Homestead Sportsbar Reuben Lewis Memorial (1200m) at Ruakaka on Wednesday.
“It was a good effort fresh-up after six months away,” trainer Steven Cole said. “He’s been beaten by a few good ones in the past and he’s improved out of sight.”
A black-type placegetter at two, Ohceedee has distinguished himself well in decent age group company before his breakthrough victory.
“He ran second to Felton Road and he’s beaten Danzdanzdance and we all know what she’s done,” Cole said.
Among Ohceedee’s rivals on Wednesday will be his stablemate Creative Genius, who will be having his first run for the year.
“He’s pretty forward, we had a few issues with his feet at the end of his last preparation and he’s good now,” Cole said.
Charm Spirit off the mark
Windsor Park Stud shuttle stallion Charm Spirit sired his first Northern Hemisphere winner overnight.
The Mark Johnston-trained Diviner was making her second appearance when she distanced her rivals at Wolverhampton, England, over 1000m.
Charm Spirit won six of his nine starts, including the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1600m), the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1600m) and the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) before his retirement.
The son of Invincible Spirit has been well-received in New Zealand since shuttling his first season to Windsor Park in Cambridge in 2015.
Success for Cup winner’s sibling
A brother to the New Zealand-bred Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) winner Prince Of Penzance has opened his account in Victoria.
The Henry Dwyer-trained three-year-old Heir To The Throne, a son of Pentire and Royal Successor, was successful over 1600m at Hamilton on Monday.
He was purchased by Dwyer out of the 2016 draft of Rich Hill Stud, who also bred and sold Prince Of Penzance, at Karaka for $200,000.