News In Brief
Good track vital for Kiwi sprinter
Ferrando is capable of running the time required to be a major player in Saturday’s A$1 million Gr.1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville if he gets the right conditions, according to co-trainer Graeme Rogerson.
“He can break 1.08, but he has to have a really dry track,” the Tuhikaramea horseman said.
Ferrando finished a respectable fifth in the Gr.3 McKay Stakes (1100m) in his Australian debut a fortnight ago and hasn’t missed a beat since.
“He’s flying and to be fair to him the other day he hadn’t raced for seven weeks and it was a soft track,” Rogerson said.
Thailand overdue winning reward
Genuine five-year-old Thailand will strive for a breakthrough victory at Te Rapa on Saturday.
The Tavistock mare has finished in the money in her last seven appearances, but trainer Jim Collett acknowledged she won’t find it easy to post an elusive victory in the True Colours Mid-Winter Xmas Luncheon 7 July 1600m.
“It’s a strong Saturday field, but she’s racing well and she has gone well at Te Rapa before. She’s a chance again,” he said.
Allpress’ judgement on the money
Lisa Allpress pulled the right rein when she opted to partner Devine Love at Tauherenikau for Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard.
The Wanganui-based jockey had a choice of rides for the Otaki trainers in Thursday’s Sargents Motorcycles Maiden (1000m) and Devine Love duly beat stablemate Magico.
“She’s a really nice little filly and I rode her at the jump-outs last week,” Allpress said. “I thought the 1000m would suit her.”
Devine Love is a daughter of Dalghar, also the sire of the stable’s Gr.2 Wellington Guineas (1400m) winner Scott Base.
“She’s a filly we really like,” Benner said, “We don’t mind these Dalghars, they’re nice horses.”
McDonald heeds advice
Champion expatriate New Zealand jockey James McDonald heeded words from the wise before he returned from a lengthy suspension on Wednesday with a winning double at Warwick Farm.
“I had a phone call from Jimmy Cassidy and he said nothing's broke so don't fix it. It was really good advice,” said McDonald, whose family were also on track.
McDonald was quickly back to his winning ways aboard the Chris Waller-prepared Cormac and was later successful aboard Monasterio for the champion trainer.
Call for diversity in racing
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing deputy chair Victoria Carter has addressed the 37th Asian Racing Conference in Seoul on how racing can respond to a rapidly changing world.
“If racing wants to expand its participant base and get more fans – the fastest way is through diversity,” she said.
“More women in racing at all levels, not just on-course, will mean that we have a greater chance of innovation, collaboration and transformation. If you can’t see it, how can you be it or believe that it is possible.
“Having more women in racing shows all women that it is possible. It means you do not need to be unique, exceptional or chosen and it becomes more of the norm. Remember half the world is women.
“For racing to gallop ahead we need women in leadership roles. If you want good decisions, good strategies and good outcomes, you need people who are different from you. Hence diversity, or gender-balance, matters.
“Change will make our industry stronger. There isn’t an industry today that doesn’t need innovation and new ideas; racing is not alone here.”
Bloodstock tax changes
Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced changes to bloodstock tax rules for the New Zealand racing industry as part of Budget 2018.
“Racing is a significant industry in New Zealand and this measure will provide economic stimulus to many parts of the country,” he said. “The change will encourage new investment in the breeding industry to make it more financially attractive and increase the quality of this country’s racing stocks.
“The Budget allows $4.8 million over the next four years for tax deductions that can be claimed for the costs of high-quality horses acquired with the intention to breed.
“The previous rules around tax write-downs did not serve their original purpose of promoting new investment, as they favoured established breeding businesses rather than attracting new entrants.
“These changes mean that a new investor in the breeding industry will be able to claim tax deductions for the costs of a horse as if they had an existing breeding business. To qualify, the horse must be a standout yearling.
“I expect the new rules will apply to yearlings acquired from next year’s premier bloodstock sales.”.
Kiwi 3YO’s timing spot on
Time Lord has boosted his Group One chances in the Queensland Derby (2400m) with a successful Australian debut.
Trained at Pukekohe Park by Richard Collett, the son of Guillotine came from the back of the field to beat his older rivals over a mile at the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday under rider Michael Cahill.
Time Lord has now won two of his nine starts and booked his ticket to Brisbane when third in the Gr.2 Championship Stakes (2100m) on his home turf last month.