News In Brief
Lock team settled in Sydney
Trainer Peter Lock is looking forward to stable star Hiflyer stepping out in Saturday’s Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill, while stablemates Mr Luigi and Dougie also have metropolitan assignments in the coming weeks.
“Mr Luigi and Dougie worked on the treadmill this morning and Hiflyer did a couple of nice rounds of the track and he pulled up really well and looks nice and bright.
The Group One-placed son of Tavistock has drawn the inside gate and will carry top-weight of 59.5kgs under regular rider Jonathan Parkes.
“Johnathan arrives on Friday afternoon and he knows the horse better than anyone and we will work out what happens in terms of rider after Saturday.
“There is another Listed race worth A$150,000 over 1500m at Rosehill in a fortnight, and that looks a possible target.
Lock said Mr Luigi and Dougie would run on Saturday week at Randwick in A$100,000 benchmark races.
“We’re not too sure how long we are going to stay, it depends how the horses are going and we will get a guide with Hiflyer on Saturday.”
Newcomer ready to trial
New stable recruit Andoyas will make his first New Zealand public appearance at Tuesday’s Te Rapa trials.
The seven-year-old is now with Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott after beginning his career in his native Germany before relocating to Hong Kong.
“We took him to Te Rapa last Saturday for a day out and he was well-behaved,” Scott said.
“He’s come to us with fresh legs. He’s sound and looks a really nice type of staying horse.”
Andoyas finished in the money in both of his starts in Germany before winning three races in Hong Kong from David Hall’s stable.
Cassidy locked in for charity event
Former top jockey Jim Cassidy will be the guest speaker at a charity dinner next month with proceeds to go to the General Trust Fund.
The fund offers financial support for injured jockeys and is administered by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR).
The function is being organised by former NZTR chairman Guy Sargent and will be held at The Red Barn at Karapiro, south of Hamilton, on August 19.
Trackside personality Emily Bosson will be the MC for the evening, which will feature live and silent auctions.
Varied training regime works for Delegate
A course of hurdling sparked Delegate to further flat success at Avondale.
The Raise The Flag gelding placed in both of his jumping trials this winter ahead of his victory at the expense of his Rating 75 rivals in Wednesday’s West Brook Winery 2000m.
“He’s a really good jumper and we’ll probably mix it up a bit with him,” said Emma Clotworthy, who trains the five-year-old with husband Shaun.
Trentham next for smart mare
Marilyn Paewai has opted to go to Trentham on Saturday with her stable star Rosewood.
The Inglewood-based horsewoman had considered waiting for the Listed Powerworx Opunake Cup (1400m) at New Plymouth a week later, but will instead back the mare up in the Hanley Formula Whyte Handicap (1600m).
Rosewood has won three of her four starts this preparation and apprentice Billy Pinn has been booked for the ride. The three-kilo claimer was successful aboard the four-year-old at Trentham in May.