News In Brief
McKay to be patient with three-year-olds
Matamata trainer Peter McKay has taken a patient approach with a pair of progressive three-year-olds.
Langkawi, an impressive 1400m winner at Hastings last Saturday will be kept for targets in the summer and autumn, while multiple stakes performer Cavallo Veloce will also be patiently handled.
“Langkawi has gone out to the paddock for a couple of weeks and he will start back in mid-November,” McKay said.
“Towards the end of November there is a Group race at either Otaki or Ellerslie and then on to some of the staying races a bit later on.
Cavallo Veloce finished eighth in last Saturday’s Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke's Bay Guineas (1400m) after racing prominently throughout, and McKay will now look to bypass the Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
“I was still toying with the idea of giving him one more run to go down to Christchurch, but we just decided this morning we will wait and target the races coming into Christmas and go from there.”
“We rode him upside down last time. We pushed him forward a little bit and it was a fast run race.”
Another trial for Embellish
Group One winner Embellish is on target to have a further trial this month as is stablemate Chance To Dance.
Winner of last year’s Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), Embellish hasn’t raced since a two-start Melbourne autumn campaign which ended with his eighth in the Gr.1 Australian Guineas (1600m) behind Grunt.
The son of Savabeel was unplaced in a 935m trial at Cambridge last Tuesday and is likely to compete at the Waipa trials on October 18.
“He’d been off for a long time and needed that trial last week,” trainer Jamie Richards said.
“He’s also had his issues so we’ll get a better line on him at the Waipa trials.”
Chance To Dance, winner of the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m) and the Gr.3 OMF Stakes (2000m) last year, has also had one trial since he was unplaced in the Gr.3 Trentham Stakes (2100m) last January.
He finished third in an open 900m heat at the Te Rapa trials on August 21.
“He was almost ready to go but returned an ordinary blood (test) so we backed off him a bit,” Richards said. “He’ll trial at the end of the month.”
Paulownia, runner-up to Scott Base in last March’s Gr.2 Wellington Guineas (1400m), is also likely to trial later this month.
“She’s coming to hand nicely and we’ll make plans for her after the trial,” Richards said.
Luvaluva to relish wet Randwick
A rain-affected track is shaping as the pivotal factor for Luvaluva in her bid to return to the winners' circle in the Gr.3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick.
Trainer John Sargent said the mare struggled to stretch out on the firm ground when fifth to Ace High in the Gr.2 Hill Stakes (2000m) two weeks ago.
With Randwick expected to at least be rated in the slow range on Saturday, Sargent anticipates an improved performance.
"Michael Walker just said when he challenged her the other day she didn't let down on the firm track so it should be perfect on Saturday," Sargent said.
"It's a nice race on Saturday on her home track."
It will be her final run in Sydney before she heads to Melbourne for a hit-and-run mission during the Melbourne Cup carnival.
"She'll be at peak fitness on Saturday and she'll go from there to the Matriarch at Flemington on the last day of the carnival, probably with a trial in between," Sargent said.
A daughter of Mastercraftsman, Luvaluva is a $55,000 graduate of the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs.
Shamexpress gelding tops 2YO Sale
A gelded son of Shamexpress topped Monday’s Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale when selling to Thai interests for $320,000.
Krit Chittaseni teamed up with Waterford Bloodstock to secure the day's top seller on what was a fruitful afternoon for leading New South Wales horsewoman and vendor Melanie O'Gorman.
The Shamexpress gelding is a half-brother to three winners including the Adelaide winner and stakes placegetter Coachella.
He is set to join the Kranji stable of leading Singapore trainer Michael Clements.
Windsor Park Stud stallion Shamexpress has made a strong start to his stallion career, siring seven winners including the stakes performers Cyber Attack, London Express and Qiji Express.