News In Brief
Charles on road to Foxbridge
A gallop at Taupo on Wednesday has kept Gr.1 Sydney Cup (3200m) placegetter Charles Road up to the mark for a return to racing at Te Rapa next weekend.
With this week’s Te Teko trials postponed, the connections of Charles Road opted to use the trip to Taupo to help round the five-year-old off for the Gr.2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate (1200m).
“He worked with a mate and did all that we expected,” co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan said.
“I’m very pleased with him and it’s just a case of getting the mileage into him.
“You can’t expect him to be competitive over 1200m, but he’s coming up well.”
The winner of the Gr.2 Chairman Handicap (2600m) in Sydney and third in the Sydney Cup, Charles Road is among the entries for the A$7.3 million Gr.1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 6
Schooling helping Lad
Cambridge trainer Jon Miller is hoping the aid of some schooling over fences plus the benefit of a full apprentice allowance will turn the tide for Waipipi Lad at Pukekohe on Saturday.
A winner of six races, Waipipi Lad will be ridden in the Haunui Farm 1600 by Pukekohe apprentice Kavish Chowdhoory, whose 4kg claim will reduce the nine-year-old’s handicap to 55kg, 1kg above the minimum.
“A lot of the others are going for apprentice claims so I’ve done it,” Miller said. “It gets him in with a nice weight and he’s been doing a bit of schooling and that’s helped him.
“He’s got half his jumping ticket and he jumps well so that’s his future. But I’m hoping he can win another one on the flat.”
Waipipi Lad’s most recent win was 12 months ago when he completed a double at Te Rapa before recording his most significant placing, a third in the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m) at Pukekohe.
He came close to another win three starts ago when just beaten by Padraig over 1600m at Tauranga and has run fourth in his most recent runs.
“He’s back on his old home track this weekend so he knows the place well,” Miller said.
NZ riders hoping for Grand National glory
Three New Zealand riders will travel across the Tasman later this month in search of success at the Ballarat Turf Club’s Grand National Jumps Day on August 19.
One of those jockeys will be Aaron Kuru, who doesn’t have a ride booked for the big race at this stage, but he has booked his flights and is looking forward to riding at Ballarat for the first time.
He will be joined by Will Gordon, an English jumps jockey, who will be aboard New Zealand-bred I'll'ava'alf in the Grand National Steeplechase (4500m), while
Meanwhile, Shaun Phelan will compete in the race aboard the David and Emma-Lee Browne-trained Monarch Chimes, the pair both having come across from New Zealand.
They'll be looking to improve on their last-start third in the Crisp Steeplechase (3900m) at Sandown last Sunday, where it was tough to make up ground on the tearaway winner, Excellent Rhythm.
"We're looking forward to hosting the New Zealand jockeys who, along with an outstanding line-up of horses, will be a showcase for the high standard of jumps racing in Australia," Ballarat Turf Club chief executive Lachlan McKenzie said.